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Thursday, July 29, 2010

No Holds Barred: Ben Askren 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with two-time NCAA champion wrestler, 2008 U.S. freestyle wrestling Olympian, and undefeated mixed martial arts fighter Ben Askren (6-0).

After winning the 170-pound tournament in season two of the Bellator Fighting Championships, he earned a shot at fighting champion Lyman Good in the upcoming season three.

We spoke Thursday about his experiences in both wrestling and mixed martial arts, and his plans for his next fight, tentatively scheduled for October. We discussed his victory over Dan Hornbuckle in the 170-pound Bellator tournament final, how some people viewed him as an underdog coming into that fight, and how elite wrestlers are viewed in the mixed martial arts world. He discussed his plans to focus on fighting in mixed martial arts while still coaching in wrestling, 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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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Eddie Goldman on TapouT Radio, July 26, 2010 


Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred was once again a guest on TapouT Radio on Monday, July 26. We discussed the rise of many women fighters in mixed martial arts, what is happening with Strikeforce, the Danny Green-Paul Briggs boxing controversy in Australia, and more.

You can play or download that segment of the show here. You can also download it here.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

No Holds Barred: Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Diaz, Jorge Linares, Rocky Juarez, Robert Guerrero, Joel Casamayor 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the main card featuring the rematch of the 2009 fight of the year in boxing, when WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez faces Juan Diaz Saturday, July 31, in Las Vegas.

When they first fought on February 28, 2009, Marquez won by a ninth-round TKO. The non-stop, see-saw action from both boxers in that fight earned it fight of the year honors for 2009.

After a losing performance at welterweight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2009, the 36-year-old Mexican legend Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) returns to a more natural weight for him to defend his lightweight belts in this fight.

Following the first Marquez-Diaz fight, the 26-year-old Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs), from Houston, Texas, a former world lightweight champion himself, also had an unsuccessful try at a higher weight. He won a controversial decision against Paulie Malignaggi at junior welterweight, and then, in an immediate rematch, dropped a clear-cut decision to Malignaggi, both in 2009.

Now the rematch of their universally-acclaimed first battle is set, and at lightweight. It will headline a stacked card which will be shown on HBO pay-per-view in the U.S., and take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While most major boxing pay-per-views feature one top-level fight preceded by a series of purposeful mismatches or just plain bad fights, the rest of this televised card should provide interesting, important, and competitive fights.

Only recently, many considered Venezuelan fighter Jorge Linares to be the future of boxing. But a shocking first-round knockout loss to little-known Juan Carlos Salgado in October 2009, followed by a less-than-stellar majority decision win over journeyman Francisco Lorenzo in March 2010, have raised questions about the potential of the 24-year-old Linares.

Now with a record of 28-1 with 18 KOs, Linares will face 2000 Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez (28-6-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout on this card.

The 30-year-old Juarez, from Houston, Texas, also has something to prove, as he has come up short in several shots at a world title. He is also coming off a technical decision loss to Jason Litzau in April 2010 and a unanimous decision loss to unbeaten titleholder Chris John in September 2009.

This card also features a ten-round junior welterweight fight between 27-year-old Robert Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) of Gilroy, California, and the ageless Joel Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs), an Olympic gold medalist representing Cuba in 1992.

Guerrero, who had taken some time off from boxing to care for his wife, who has leukemia, last scored an eighth-round TKO over journeyman Roberto Arrieta in April 2010. A former titleholder at featherweight and super featherweight, he hopes to campaign regularly at lightweight or junior welterweight now.

Casamayor has already held world titles at super featherweight and lightweight. While he won a tune-up fight in November 2009, his last major fight was a loss by TKO in the eleventh round to Juan Manuel Marquez in September 2008. That was a very close fight up until the time of the stoppage, which some questioned, and the veteran Casamayor should certainly be well-rested for this fight with the younger Guerrero.

Also on this card will be a fight which should be the toughest test yet for 23-year-old Danny Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs), of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. Many have criticized his opposition thus far as being too soft, but that should not be the case here, when he faces the unbeaten 30-year-old Russian fighter Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs). Jacobs and Pirog will meet for the vacant WBO middleweight belt.

To preview this card, we spoke with Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Diaz, Jorge Linares, Rocky Juarez, Robert Guerrero, and Joel Casamayor on a series of media conference calls. We also analyze the historical context of these fights, and offer thoughts on their significance.

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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Friday, July 23, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mayweather-Pacquiao, Green-Briggs, and Golden Boy Controversies in Boxing 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman addresses several of the explosive controversies currently raging in the beleaguered sport of boxing.

We discuss whether or not there were real negotiations in the past weeks for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, and why no such fight has yet to be signed. We examine the 29-second, one-punch knockout by Danny Green against Paul Briggs in Australia Wednesday night, and whether this indicated that the fight was fixed or that Briggs was not fit to be fighting. We analyze the recent suspension of Golden Boy Promotions by the New York State Athletic Commission, which was lifted this week, and the most important issues which the circumstances behind that suspension raise. And we discuss the coverage of these issues, both positive and negative, by the boxing and sports media.

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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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mike Kogan of FEG USA 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Mike Kogan, Director of FEG USA.

FEG (Fighting and Entertainment Group) is a worldwide combat sports organization based in Japan, and the parent company of the K-1 kickboxing and Dream mixed martial arts promotions.

Last week at a news conference in Tokyo, what may become one of the most significant developments in the world in the combat sports was revealed.

At this news conference, FEG Inc. Director and CEO Sadaharu Tanikawa announced a partnership with the Shanghai-based investment bank Puji Capitals. He said its purpose is to "win in the world market and become the world's greatest fight sport company. To recreate or even eclipse the success of soccer's World Cup, we will bring in investors from all over the world and partner with businesses all over the world. We have formed a business entity called an SPV (special purpose vehicle) in order to create an organization like soccer's FIFA and to take the UFC and WWE head on."

Also at this news conference, Dream Event Producer Keiichi Sasahara said, "When you think of international standard in fightsport UFC may come to mind, but we plan to replace them in that respect. The numbers 20 or 30 billion have been mentioned and I think fighting sport definitely has that kind of potential. I'm sure the fans are wondering what kind of effect the partnership will have on K-1 and Dream."

We spoke with Mike Kogan Tuesday afternoon by phone to find out more specifics about what this will all mean for the combat sports. In a lengthy and candid interview, he explained how this new partnership will benefit both K-1 and Dream, but also how it will affect them differently, as K-1 already has a large international presence while Dream needs mainly to focus on Japan. He elaborated on these plans to hold a version of the World Cup, which for now will be for K-1. He presented his views on the structure of mixed martial arts, and why mixed martial arts is not a sport but "a promoter-driven fight entertainment."

We went into depth on the plans of FEG to "become the world's greatest fight sport company" and what this means for both K-1 and Dream, for Japan, North America, and the rest of the world, 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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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Eddie Goldman on TapouT Radio, July 19, 2010 


Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred was a guest on TapouT Radio on Monday, July 19. We discussed some of the latest developments, both good and bad, in mixed martial arts and boxing.

You can play or download that segment of the show here. You can also download it here.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal Previews His First Title Defense 


Photo: Rosemary Acosta Clark/Strikeforce

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and undefeated mixed martial arts fighter "King" Mo Lawal.

"King" Mo (7-0) will be making the first defense of his title on Saturday, August 21, against Brazilian fighter Rafael "Feijao'' Cavalcante (9-2), in the main event of a Strikeforce card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. This card will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime.

We spoke Sunday afternoon by phone about this fight and, as always, the combat sports. "King" Mo explained his general approach to this fight, why he does not like slugfests, and how the techniques of boxing can be applied to and adapted for mixed martial arts. He told us why Emanuel Augustus is his favorite boxer, and we discussed some of the fights from this past weekend, including the victory by Timothy Bradley over Luis Carlos Abregu. He stated that mixed martial arts is not as refined as boxing, and said that in his fight with Feijao he will borrow from the styles of some world-class boxers. We also discussed wrestling, the different levels in that sport in which he was a three-time U.S. national freestyle champion, and the defunct Real Pro Wrestling organization, in which he was also a champion. And we discussed numerous other fighters and fights from mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing, 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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Thursday, July 15, 2010

No Holds Barred: Jessica Aguilar 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with mixed martial arts fighter and grappler Jessica Aguilar.

A grappling world champion in both 2009 and 2010, she will be fighting in the eight-woman, 115-pound mixed martial arts tournament promoted by the Bellator Fighting Championships. Her first fight will be against Lynn Alvarez at Bellator 24 on Thursday, August 12, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and shown live in the U.S. on Fox Sports Net.

We spoke by phone Tuesday about her combat sports career. In a lengthy and animated discussion, she outlined her intriguing story of how she became involved with mixed martial arts, grappling, and jiu-jitsu, almost by accident. She explained in detail why she is today so passionate about these combat sports, what they mean to her, and why more women should take them up. She discussed her virtual "family" at American Top Team, where she trains. She stressed why she believes that "this is my time" to become successful in mixed martial arts, win this very competitive tournament, and emerge as a star in this sport, 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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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Eddie Goldman on Gross Point Blank with Josh Gross 


Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred was a guest on the Gross Point Blank podcast with Josh Gross of SI.com on Monday, July 12. You can play or download that segment of the show here. You can also download it here.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

No Holds Barred: Robert Drysdale and His Pro MMA Debut 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and ADCC world champion Robert Drysdale.

He will be making his professional mixed martial arts debut this Saturday, July 17, on the AFC 3: Evolution card promoted by the Armageddon Fighting Championships. This card will be held at the Bear Mountain Arena in Colwood (Victoria), British Columbia, Canada. It will be shown live on an Internet pay-per-view.

After a successful amateur mixed martial arts debut in 2008, Robert Drysdale will now face Bastien Huveneers (8-2-1) of Vancouver, a fighter who has not lost since 2006.

We spoke with Robert Drysdale Saturday afternoon by phone about his transition to mixed martial arts. He explained why he has become a professional mixed martial arts fighter, and why he enjoys boxing and kickboxing while still remaining based in jiu-jitsu. We also discussed the viability of a professional league for some style of grappling, as well as problems in the rules and format of jiu-jitsu events which have hindered their appeal to fans. He also outlined his extensive use of the Internet to provide online training for people, and also expand the influence of his schools, whose main headquarters are in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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, July 11, 2010

No Holds Barred: Ricardo Liborio 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again has the pleasure of speaking with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling legend Ricardo Liborio.

Ricardo Liborio is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team, and also the head coach of the USA Grappling team.

Our latest discussion started by considering the "Werdum Effect" and the renaissance of jiu-jitsu and grappling techniques in mixed martial arts. We discussed how many of the fighters on the American Top Team roster have been doing of late in mixed martial arts and what they have planned, including Hector Lombard, Jessica Aguilar, Dan Hornbuckle, Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, Bobby Lashley, Jeff Monson, and more. We focused on the close relation of wrestling and grappling, how grappling might become an Olympic sport, the role of USA Grappling, and the success in both mixed martial arts and grappling of many of the grappling world champions. We also discussed the various organizations in mixed martial arts, the upcoming MMA World Expo in New York November 12-13, the benefits of drinking green tea, eating cupcakes, 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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Friday, July 09, 2010

No Holds Barred: Daniel Cormier 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Daniel Cormier, the 2007 world bronze medalist and two-time U.S. Olympian in freestyle wrestling, who is 2-0 with two knockouts as a heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter for Strikeforce.

While not official yet, it appears likely that he will next be fighting August 13 on a Strikeforce card against an opponent to be announced.

We spoke Wednesday about how his skills as a mixed martial arts fighter have been improving, his training at the American Kickboxing Academy, his working as a coach with Josh Koscheck while filming "The Ultimate Fighter" television series, and the respect that he has for all fighters. He discussed why he believes that Strikeforce presently has the best heavyweight fighters in the world, how far away he is from a title shot, how he would match up with other fighters like Brock Lesnar, 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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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

No Holds Barred: Evgeni Kogan of M-1 Global on Fedor and the Future 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Evgeni Kogan, the Director of Operations for the mixed martial arts company M-1 Global.

We spoke Wednesday by Skype about a number of issues and controversies regarding M-1 Global and mixed martial arts, with Evgeni Kogan speaking from the M-1 Global office in the Netherlands.

Since the loss by M-1 Global star Fedor Emelianenko to Fabricio Werdum on June 26 on a Strikeforce-M-1 Global card, there has been much discussion about what the next fights should be for Fedor, Werdum, and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. We hear the position of M-1 Global, that Fedor should be given an immediate match with Werdum, rather than a title fight with Overeem directly after his defeat to Werdum.

We discussed the current relationship between M-1 Global and Strikeforce and Showtime, and Fedor's contract with Strikeforce, which has one fight remaining. We commented of the issue of the possibility of a new contract including a "champion's clause", meaning it would automatically extend if the fighter won or retained a title in the last fight of the contract.

We also focused on the incredible accomplishment Fedor achieved of going ten years without a defeat in mixed martial arts, and how this compares only to that of Alexander Karelin, the three-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, who went 13 years without a loss in international competition.

In addition, we discussed the issue of co-promotion in mixed martial arts, the popularity of mixed martial arts in the world compared to football (soccer), some of the top fighters who have fought over the years in M-1 Global, the M-1 Selection events scheduled for July 22 in Moscow and August 7 in Atlantic City, 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, July 05, 2010

No Holds Barred: The Werdum Effect 


(Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman explains why the Fabricio Werdum-Fedor Emelianenko fight of June 26, 2010, where Werdum submitted Fedor in just 69 seconds with a triangle choke, is shaping up to be the most significant fight this year in mixed martial arts. We also explain why it could end up being the most important for the role of grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in mixed martial arts since Royce Gracie tapped out Dan Severn, also with a triangle choke, back at UFC 4 on December 16, 1994.

We analyze what we call "The Werdum Effect" in relation to the slew of submissions at UFC 116 on July 3, including the victory by Brock Lesnar over Shane Carwin by an arm triangle choke. But we also break down the poor level of grappling and striking technique shown in that fight, compare noted fighters in the mixed martial arts heavyweight division today, discuss theoretical matchups involving them, and discuss the analysis of the Lesnar-Carwin fight by various writers, including Josh Gross and Jonathan Snowden.

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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Friday, July 02, 2010

No Holds Barred: Frank Shamrock and Scott Ross on Culture, Art, and Philosophy of Mixed Martial Arts 

(Frank Shamrock and Eddie Goldman, New York, July 1, 2010.)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents two fascinating interviews aimed at thinking people which focus on the culture and philosophy of mixed martial arts.

Our first interview is with Frank Shamrock, the top mixed martial arts fighter of the 1990s, who just announced his retirement as a fighter this past Saturday. We spoke with him Thursday, July 1, while he was in New York. Besides continuing as a mixed martial arts announcer on Showtime, he is expanding his group of Shamrock MMA schools, including planning to open branches in New York and elsewhere on the East Coast of the U.S.

Most importantly, Frank wants to promote MMA to the youth as a part of the martial arts. The younger generation does not know that MMA is martial arts, he said, and that upsets him. The purpose of the sport is not for some "knuckleheads" to fight to hurt people and get laid, he argued, but to build respect, and develop the mind, sprit, and body of people.

We also discussed the movement to create some type of union or association for fighters, which he has supported for some time. But, he cautioned, "It's going to come down to the fighters saying no," and not enough of them have done so thus far.

We also discussed why Strikeforce should next have Fabricio Werdum face their heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, the future of Strikeforce on CBS, the great potential for Strikeforce light heavyweight champion "King" Mo Lawal, why real "champion" fighters should not have participated in a brawl as occurred on the April 17 Strikeforce show, why his 1999 fight with Tito Ortiz was the high point of his fighting career, and more.

Our senior correspondent and colleague, the legendary former matchmaker and world champion kickboxer John Perretti, spoke on Monday, June 28, with Scott Ross, a pioneer in the field of digital media, the founder and former chairman and CEO of Digital Domain, and a fan of mixed martial arts.

Having worked for three decades at the center of the mainstream entertainment industry, Scott Ross has become disturbed at the current direction of the culture of mixed martial arts. "It's lost its direction in terms of its intellectual and philosophical approach," he said. He cited the devolution of the sport and the absence of any philosophy in it today, and decried that it has become just about "beating people up." It is marketed to people "who accept whatever Madison Avenue serves up," some of whom behaved with "a sense of redneck-Nazism," and is no longer about sport, but "about specter." With the culture of this sport "way out of hand," something, he argued, must be done to change it.

We also open the show with news about two funds which have been set up to aid the family of Michael "Tree" Kirkham, the mixed martial arts fighter who died June 28, from injuries he suffered in a state-sanctioned fight on June 26, in Aiken, South Carolina. You can find out more information about contributing to these funds here and here.

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

No Holds Barred: Kid Peligro on Werdum, Jiu-Jitsu Triumphant, and Good and Bad of 2010 Mundials 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our colleague and correspondent Kid Peligro.

We opened with a discussion about the key role of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the submission victory by Fabricio Werdum over Fedor Emelianenko. Werdum, a two-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion and a two-time ADCC world champion, defeated Fedor with a triangle choke in just 69 seconds in the main event on the Strikeforce-M-1 Global mixed martial arts card held Saturday, June 26, in San Jose, California. We analyzed the technique used by Werdum in this historic victory, handing Fedor his first real defeat in mixed martial arts in his storied career.

We next discussed the good and the bad of the 2010 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, also known as the Mundials. This event, the most prestigious in the world in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, took place June 3-6 at California State University Long Beach. At it, Roger Gracie once again dominated all his opponents, winning both in his weight and the absolute divisions. Many people, however, emerged from that event with major criticisms of some current trends in jiu-jitsu which were apparent at it, including the tendency for some top competitors not to try submissions. We also focused on the future of jiu-jitsu and grappling, the key role played by many people in Abu Dhabi in supporting and developing these sports, 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.

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

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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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