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Friday, May 28, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal on Rashad, Rampage, and Race 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, "King" Mo Lawal.

While we touch on the plans for his first title defense, our main topic is the controversy involving Mo's friend and training partner, Rashad Evans, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who meet in a UFC light heavyweight fight May 29 in Las Vegas. The Evans-Jackson fight has been built up by a torrent of trash talk focusing on the use racial stereotypes. Both Evans and Jackson are African-Americans.

We examine the words and deeds of both men, and discuss what they said and what they actually believe. We discuss the history and relationship Mo has with Rashad Evans. We present our views on the issues of image, violence, rivalries, and marketing of mixed martial arts. We deconstruct the notion that professional fights really exist to settle personal feuds. And we begin to examine the effect of all this on society.

This is one of the most explosive controversies in mixed martial arts, and we hope that this discussion serves as a starting point for a much broader and rational dialogue and examination of these issues.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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No Holds Barred: Roxanne Modafferi 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with one of the most interesting fighters in mixed martial arts, Roxanne Modafferi.

In what many observers have said was the best fight on the card, Roxanne won a three-round split decision over Tara LaRosa May 21 on the "Moosin: God of Martial Arts" show in Worcester, Massachusetts, at a catch weight of 130-pounds.

We spoke via Skype with Roxanne Modafferi, who has lived in Japan and has been teaching English there for many years. We discussed what happened in this close fight and its significance. She explained why and how she could fight Tara LaRosa, even though both are friends. She explained why she believes that she has become a complete fighter. She also made clear that she remains signed with Strikeforce, and would next like to fight Strikeforce 135-pound champion Sarah Kaufman. (Note to Scott Coker: Book the fight!)

In addition, we also discussed how life for her is in Japan, the differences between the culture there and in America where she grew up and went to school, why she loves it in Japan, her extensive use of the Internet and social networking sites, and much more.

In an era where many fighters think it is their job to call each other names and trash talk, speaking with Roxanne Modafferi is a welcome change to the sanity, rationality, honor, humor, and respect which should characterize the combat sports.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

No Holds Barred: Vitali Klitschko-Albert Sosnowski, Biggest Fight in the World This Coming Weekend 


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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discuses why the fight between WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and European champion Albert Sosnowski will be the biggest fight in the world of the coming weekend.

The Klitschko-Sosnowski fight will take place Saturday, May 29, in the 61,000-seat Veltins Arena, a football (soccer) stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It will be televised live in Germany and elsewhere in Europe on RTL, for free. Vitali Klitschko's previous fight on RTL, a 12-round decision over American Kevin Johnson on December 12, 2009, peaked at over 12 million viewers and was the second-highest sports broadcast in 2009 in Germany. The Klitschko-Sosnowski fight will also be shown live on pay-per-view in the U.S. and Canada.

While this fight will be big business around the world, however, it does not promise to be a competitive fight. Besides being the WBC heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) was ahead on the scorecards in his only losses, when his shoulder went out in 2000 against Chris Byrd and when the fight was stopped on cuts against Lennox Lewis in 2003 in Lewis's last professional fight. Since Vitali Klitschko's return in 2008 following an almost four-year layoff due to injuries, none of his four opponents has been able to get him in trouble even once in their fights.

Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), on the other hand, has won only two of his last four fights, with one loss and one draw. That loss was on August 6, 2008, in Brooklyn, New York, to late replacement Zuri Lawrence, a journeyman who has no knockouts. Sosnowski was also rocked by the inconsistent Danny Williams in their fight on November 8, 2008, before Sosnowski stopped Williams in the eighth round. Sosnowski did win the vacant European title with a decision on December 18, 2009, against the aging Paolo Vidoz, but he has never fought anyone remotely on the level of Vitali Klitschko.

We got comments on this fight from both Vitali Klitschko and Albert Sosnowski on a media conference call this week. Both Klitschko and Sosnowski expect a competitive and interesting fight. We shall see.

We also discuss why Vitali Klitschko and his younger brother, IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, are so popular in Europe but not in the U.S., where the major networks do not televise all their fights anymore. And we note the co-feature on this card where two American heavyweights, NABF champ Johnathon Banks and Jason Gavern, fight in Germany.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

No Holds Barred: Charles Farrell on Marquez-Vazquez, Decline of Boxing and Boxing Writers, Craigslist, and More 


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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman has a wild and lengthy discussion with our correspondent Charles Farrell about the Rafael Marquez-Israel Vazquez and Yonnhy Perez- Abner Mares fights from Saturday, May 22, the decline of boxing and boxing writing, and much more.

The fourth fight between Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez ended in the third round when the referee ruled that the bloodied and blinded Vazquez could not continue. We discuss their historic trilogy of fights, where each fighter can go from here, and why there must not be a fifth fight. We also discuss the majority draw between Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares, and how this could be the start of a series of fights between these two. We also discuss the obstacles facing fighters at lower weights such as Marquez and Vazquez, whose first fights were at super bantamweight and now at featherweight, and Perez and Mares, who are bantamweights. We also examine the long practice of boxing promoters and television networks of using nationalism and jingoism to promote fights.

Related to these problems are the general decline of boxing in America and the concurrent decline of boxing writing. We discuss this in relation to the offer by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) to reinstate Eddie, and the history of that dispute. We also analyze in depth whether the BWAA dues of $40 might be better spent answering a personal ad on Craigslist. And we discuss issues like who is better, Vitali Klitschko or Nina Simone, and much, much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

No Holds Barred: Strikeforce Challengers and Moosin Review 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reviews the two mixed martial arts cards which were televised in the U.S. on Friday, May 21, the Strikeforce Challengers card from Portland, Oregon, and the Moosin God of Martial Arts card from Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Strikeforce card was characterized by competitive fights with more questionable officiating and announcing. For example, Matt Lindland won by third-round TKO over Kevin Casey in a fight which should have been stopped much earlier than it was. The many references to actors from the drug-infested fake pro "wrestling" also polluted the show.

The most intriguing televised fight of the night took place on the Moosin card, a 130-pound catch weight fight between top women fighters Roxanne Modafferi and Tara LaRosa. This was a close, action-filled fight, won by Modafferi by a three-round split decision. The complete respect each fighter showed the other before and after this battle was remarkable, and should serve as a model for all fighters.

We discuss this and more, including commentary on the debate on the role of wrestlers and wrestling in mixed martial arts, on this edition of No Holds Barred.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

No Holds Barred: Israel Vazquez, Rafael Marquez, Ben Askren, Bubba Jenkins 

(Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman combines commentary on mixed martial arts, boxing, and wrestling, with interviews with boxers Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez, wrestler and mixed martial artist Ben Askren, and wrestler Bubba Jenkins.

We open with commentary on the issue of the lack of a union or association of fighters in both boxing and mixed martial arts, and why organization is so critical in establishing one. We move on to the related issue of the promotion of negative stereotypes in combat sports. We also discuss the relatively low numbers who watched the Strikeforce mixed martial arts card this past Saturday, May 15, on Showtime, headlined by the fight between Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers, and why that was. We again address the lack of state-of-the-art anti-doping procedures in mixed martial arts and boxing. And we comment once again on the flawed pay-per-view model.

In boxing, what was a legendary trilogy will now be extended to a fourth fight, as Israel Vazquez (44-4, 33 KOs) faces Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Their previous fights were the most dramatic and greatest of 2007 and 2008, and this one, at featherweight, will also be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime. We spoke with both Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez on a recent media conference call to hear how they are preparing for what could be another memorable battle.

Last Thursday, May 13, the Beat the Streets organization, which has been developing numerous wrestling programs for youth in the New York area, especially in the public high schools and middle schools, held a fundraiser on the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York. Several wrestling matches in various styles were featured.

After them, we spoke with 2008 Olympic freestyle wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter Ben Askren, who defeated Moza Fay in two periods in a freestyle match at this event, about his actively competing in wrestling and mixed martial arts at the same time. Ben Askren will be fighting May 20 in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the Bellator Fighting Championships in the semifinals of their welterweight tournament. His opponent will be Ryan Thomas, whom he defeated in the quarterfinals by a controversial technical submission. Thomas was a substitute when an opening developed later in the quarters and won that fight, so this will be a rematch.

We also spoke with wrestler Bubba Jenkins, a 2007 junior world freestyle champion, a 2008 NCAA runner-up for Penn State, and a 2010 University Nationals freestyle champion. He was in the main event of the Beat the Streets card, facing the wrestler who defeated him in those 2008 finals, two-time NCAA champion Brent Metcalf, who finished his college career at the University of Iowa and is now focusing on freestyle wrestling. Metcalf was once again victorious, this time under freestyle rules. We discussed this match Bubba Jenkins, his transfer to Arizona State where he will wrestle his senior year, his plans in wrestling, and why he wants to become a mixed martial arts fighter in the future.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

No Holds Barred: Matt Lindland 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the mixed martial arts veteran and star, and an Olympic and world silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, Matt Lindland. Matt is also one of the founders of one of the most successful teams in mixed martial arts, the Team Quest Fight Club.

Matt will be headlining a Strikeforce Challengers card this Friday, May 21, at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. His opponent will be Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Kevin Casey. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime.

We spoke by phone on Monday, May 17, which was also the day Matt turned 40 years of age. As usual, Matt was very outspoken and candid about his views. We discussed this fight with Kevin Casey and what to expect. We examined some of his recent fights, the lessons he has drawn from them, his continuing development as a fighter, and how he is still learning. We analyzed some of the many problems in mixed martial arts, including incompetent judging of fights, the failure and closure of many promotional companies, the need for some type of union or association for fighters, and the dim prospects of that happening anytime soon. We also discussed the poor or nonexistent marketing of the sport of wrestling, what is happening in the Super Six super middleweight boxing tournament on Showtime, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

No Holds Barred: Keisha Morrisey and Bob Carson Critique Strikeforce and HBO Boxing, and Analyze Shine Fights Cancellation 

(Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman had a late night discussion with two of our correspondents, Keisha Morrisey and Bob Carson, about the fight festivities from Saturday night, May 15. Right after these shows concluded, we spoke about the Strikeforce card from St. Louis shown on Showtime, the HBO boxing card from New York headlined by the Amir Khan-Paulie Malignaggi fight, and the cancellation of the Shine Fights mixed martial arts card which was supposed to feature former champion boxer Ricardo Mayorga against mixed martial arts veteran Din Thomas.

Who is chiefly to blame for the cancellation of the Shine Fights card following an injunction granted to Don King against this card because of a claim that his company has exclusive rights to promote the fights of Mayorga? Which card was better between the Strikeforce-Showtime card and the HBO boxing card? Will Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who stopped Brett Rogers in the first round of their fight Saturday, ever fight top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko? Should fighters in mixed martial arts and boxing insist on drug testing based on the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency? What do we think of the various athletic commissions, which use different tests if any at all? Are fighters with steroid-laden bodies effective or even sexy? What is next for Strikeforce? How impressive was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu great Roger Gracie, who submitted Kevin Randleman in the second round of their fight with a rear naked choke, in his Strikeforce and American debut? Why is the promotion of boxing to the public so awful?

These and other key questions are answered in our discussion, which is almost like hanging out after the fights and chatting with our trio of combat sports aficionados.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

No Holds Barred: Alistair Overeem, Brett Rogers, Ricardo Mayorga, Din Thomas, Roger Gracie, Kevin Randleman, Andrei Arlovski, Devin Price, Mike Marley 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents a critical preview of the Strikeforce and Shine Fights mixed martial arts cards scheduled for this Saturday, May 15.

The Strikeforce show takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and will be telecast live in the U.S. on Showtime. The main event will feature Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, defending his title for the first time in over two years, against Brett Rogers. Also on the televised card, heavyweight Andrei Arlovski fights Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling sensation Roger Gracie takes on former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman in a light heavyweight bout.

The Shine Fights card takes place at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and will be telecast on pay-per-view in the U.S. and Canada. Its main event is an old school, style vs. style fight, as former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga makes his mixed martial arts debut against American Top Team veteran Din Thomas, at a catch weight of 160 pounds.

On a series of media conference calls, we spoke with Alistair Overeem, Brett Rogers, Roger Gracie, Kevin Randleman, and Andrei Arlovski, about their fights and related issues.

We spoke with Ricardo Mayorga and Din Thomas at a New York news conference last month about what to expect in their fights. We also spoke with Shine Fights CEO Devin Price about their business model, and journalist/publicist Mike Marley about the relation between boxing and mixed martial arts.

We also provide the kind of commentary you expect on No Holds Barred, where we tell it like it is regarding numerous problems in mixed martial arts, including the absence of state-of-the-art drug-testing, the growing number of thug-like incidents and use of trash-talking, the questionable business models of Shine Fights and also Bellator, and more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts

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Monday, May 10, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Fahey of WADA on Boxing, Williams-Cintron Chaos, Pacquiao the Politician 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses a number of issues in boxing, including the need for the sport to adopt Olympic-style anti-doping procedures, and the chaos coming out of the abbreviated Paul Williams-Kermit Cintron fight this past Saturday.

There was an international media conference call Monday, May 10, with John Fahey, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). On it we asked him to comment on the use of WADA procedures for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley fight, and what can be done to make those standard for professional boxing. He was optimistic that this might be accomplished by the numerous bodies governing boxing.

We next address the recent congressional election campaign in the Philippines by one of the fiercest opponents of such anti-doping procedures, Manny Pacquiao. While we do not yet have official results for that election, we do discuss a report from that campaign which raises interesting concerns about Pacquiao. And we wonder what type of politician Pacquiao, with his stated opposition to the anti-doping procedures used in the Olympics and many other sporting events around the world, will make if he is elected.

It was another disastrous night for the sport of boxing this past Saturday, May 8, as Paul Williams was awarded a technical decision after his opponent, Kermit Cintron, tripped over him early in the fourth round, fell through the ropes and onto the floor, and was not allowed by the ringside physicians to continue fighting. Unlike the unified rules of boxing or those used by the major sanctioning bodies, the California state rules allow for such decisions even though four rounds had not yet been completed. These absurd and unjust rules, along with a ring from which it was so easy to fall out and land on the floor, just gave people more reasons not to waste their time with this sport.

We also discuss how boxing writers Michael Katz and John Chavez have been correct, at least at times, in their exposures of various figures in the boxing establishment, and why we will not be at the Khan-Malignaggi fight this coming Saturday. And we close with a denunciation of the return to the ring this past weekend in Mexico of our modern-day Luis Resto, Antonio Margarito, who lost his boxing license after being caught loading his gloves last year before a fight with Shane Mosley.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

No Holds Barred: Roger Gracie 


(Photo by Eddie Goldman/No Holds Barred)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with one of the top practitioners in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, who is now also starting to make his mark in mixed martial arts, Roger Gracie.

The accomplishments of Roger Gracie in BJJ and grappling have been historic. He has won the Mundials, the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, six times at his own weight and twice in the open weight division. In his most recent win there, in 2009, he submitted all of his opponents in both the super heavyweight and open weight divisions by a choke from the mount. He also took first place in both the 98 kg and absolute divisions at the 2005 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship by submitting all eight opponents.

In addition, he runs the Roger Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in London in the U.K.

Like so many other members of the legendary Gracie family, Roger Gracie has been making the transition to mixed martial arts. He is presently 2-0 in MMA, having won fights with mixed martial arts veterans Ron Waterman in 2006 and Yuki Kondo in 2008, both by submission. He has recently signed to fight in Strikeforce, and will make his American and Strikeforce debut May 15 when he fights former UFC heavyweight champion and two-time NCAA wrestling champion Kevin Randleman in St. Louis, Missouri, in a light heavyweight bout. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime.

We spoke with Roger Gracie Thursday evening at the New York academy of his cousin, Renzo Gracie, where he is training for this fight with Kevin Randleman. We discussed how he is making this transition to mixed martial arts, his approach to fighting Kevin Randleman, and his plans to continue competing in BJJ while fighting in MMA. We analyzed his two previous mixed martial arts fights, and discussed why now he plans to be devoting more attention to fighting. He also explained why he has only fought twice in MMA until now. We discussed the role of grappling in mixed martial arts, why fighters from jiu-jitsu should stick with jiu-jitsu more than they have been doing, and how he does not plan to abandon this art to "entertain" people. He explained why having the Gracie name does not add pressure on him, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

No Holds Barred: Chris Thomas Previews Weekend Boxing and MMA Fights 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the top fights of this coming weekend with our colleague and correspondent Chris Thomas.

We are both looking forward to the junior middleweight fight between perhaps the most talented avoided man in boxing, Paul Williams (38-1, 27 KOs), and the tough Kermit Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs), which takes place Saturday, May 8, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. That will be televised live in the U.S. on HBO, along with the replay of the May 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley fight.

We also discussed the Maximum Fighting 25: Vindication mixed martial arts show at the Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, which will be held Friday, May 7, and televised on HDNet. And we even discussed one of Chris's favorite fighters, the unbeaten Lyoto Machida, who has a rematch with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua this Saturday on a UFC pay-per-view, following a controversial unanimous decision victory for Machida over Rua last October. Chris said he will be watching this show as Machida has successfully adapted karate for mixed martial arts. Eddie noted that he will be watching the boxing on HBO.

In addition, we also discussed the need for the various bodies which regulate combat sports to adopt the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) instead of the inadequate drug testing currently conducted by the athletic commissions in North America. We analyzed why it would be much better for his career if mixed martial arts fighter Jake Shields stayed with Strikeforce. Plus, we touched on the Strikeforce and Shine Fights mixed martial arts cards coming up May 15, the continuing problems with the pay-per-view and pay TV business models so common in the combat sports, and more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

MySpace Posts $150M Loss; Murdoch Cites "Big Mistakes" 


MySpace is falling deeper into the red, and not because it was recently May Day. Numerous news reports quote the latest loss being US$150 million for the first quarter of 2010 (the third quarter of their fiscal year).

On a conference call with investors, News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch mentioned unspecified "big mistakes", presumably with the purchase and management of MySpace, but offered only vague assurances about "new features" being introduced, mainly involving music.

One of these news article, with other links, is at http://www.dmwmedia.com/news/2010/05/05/myspace-unit-posts-150m-loss-murdoch-cites-quotbig-mistakesquot.

So what would you like MySpace to do to reverse its seemingly endless loss of real people using it? New features? Repairing all the existing broken features, like group page templates?

With the new, onerous (anti)privacy settings on Facebook, MySpace has a golden opportunity to rebound. But can a bunch of corporate suits make the right decisions about a social network?

Note: After posting this to my MySpace blog, my antivirus program blocked a virus from one of the ads on MySpace. Perhaps that is a sign it is doomed.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

No Holds Barred: Scott Coker of Strikeforce 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Scott Coker, the CEO of the Strikeforce mixed martial arts promotion.

We spoke Wednesday afternoon, beginning by discussing the very busy schedule Strikeforce has with notable cards May 15 in St. Louis, May 21 in Portland, Oregon, June 16 in Los Angeles, and a co-promotion with M-1 Global June 26 in San Jose, California, featuring the top heavyweight and pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko. All of those cards will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime. We also got an update as of Wednesday afternoon about when we would know the status of the May 15 Roger Gracie-Kevin Randleman fight, which may be changed due to a medical problem facing Randleman.

In addition, we discussed the issue of what anti-doping measures should be taken in combat sports, the delay of the return of Fedor from April to June during the M-1 Global-Strikeforce negotiations, the postfight brawl on the April 17 Strikeforce show on CBS and when suspensions will likely be handed down by the Tennessee Athletic Commission, where Strikeforce may recruit new fighters, the overall state of Strikeforce, and more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

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Monday, May 03, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mayweather-Mosley Review, Drug Testing, Pacquiao the Politician, Williams-Cintron Preview 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again cuts through all the rubbish by commenting on the dominating win by Floyd Mayweather Jr. over Shane Mosley, what the state-of-the-art drug testing used for this fight showed, the real story behind the run for Congress in the Philippines by Manny Pacquiao, and the sleeper fight scheduled for this Saturday, May 8, between Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron.

This past Saturday, May 1, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made believers out of many of those skeptical about his exceptional boxing skills by thoroughly dominating another future Hall of Fame fighter, Shane Mosley, with a lopsided unanimous decision. We analyze the key aspects and moments of this welterweight fight, which saw Mayweather run his unbeaten streak to 41 fights. We also discuss what this means for the 38-year-old Mosley. And we read a commentary by Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist, the former ringside physician and head of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the medical correspondent on No Holds Barred, on what the drug-testing in this fight showed.

Just about everyone wants to see Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao next, but Pacquiao and his camp have thus far refused the calls by Mayweather for Olympic-style drug testing following the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to create a level playing field. We discuss why the various bodies regulating the combat sports of boxing and mixed martial arts must adopt the WADA protocols, at least in major fights.

We also examine the election campaign Manny Pacquiao is waging for Congress in the Philippines, and with whom he has allied, presidential candidate Manny Villar Jr. of the rightist Nacionalista Party. The election will be held May 10.

According to a report just released by the Yankee Group, a Boston-based consulting firm, "in the next 12 months, 1 in 8 consumers will cut or reduce their pay TV service and get their video elsewhere." We discuss how this is more evidence that the business model of sports like boxing, which is so heavily dependent on revenues from premium and pay-per-view television, is being outstripped by the growth of technology.

This coming Saturday, May 8, however, there should be a good fight on HBO in the U.S. between top junior middleweights Paul Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and Kermit Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs), at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. With all the attention given to Mayweather-Mosley, which will be replayed as part of this telecast, this fight is not getting the attention it deserves.

We spoke with both Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron on a media conference call Monday to learn how they each expect to win this fight. We also got the comments of George Peterson, who trains Williams, about why his fighter is so special, and about whether or not his camp would agree to Olympic-style drug testing.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mark Pavelich on MFC and MMA 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the outspoken and passionate Mark Pavelich, the owner and president of the mixed martial arts company, the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC).

Their next event is Maximum Fighting 25: Vindication at the Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It will be held Friday, May 7, and will be televised on HDNet.

Besides discussing this show, we focused on why MFC has remained such a successful promotion over the years. In a young business littered with failed companies, clueless money marks, and ruthless parasites, that is an exceptional accomplishment, especially for a family business like MFC.

In a lengthy and animated interview, we discussed the overall state of mixed martial arts and why it must be looked at as a sport. We both praised athletes like MFC lightweight champion Antonio McKee, who is unbeaten in over seven years. We examined the crucial relationship between MFC and HDNet, and how many who claim to be in the mixed martial arts media fail to report on and analyze properly this sport and business. Mark Pavelich also explained the plans for expansion of MFC in both Canada and the U.S., and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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