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Monday, December 27, 2010

Rally on February 8, 2011, to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York State 


For Immediate Release
Rally on February 8, 2011, to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York State

NEW YORK, December 27, 2010 -- On Tuesday, February 8, at 12 noon a rally will be held for the support of legalized and regulated mixed martial arts in New York State*. We will gather at 250 Broadway, Manhattan, New York, 10007 (Across the street from City Hall).

This rally is being organized by the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York, a non-partisan volunteer group of organizations, gyms, business owners, and individuals who support the legalization and regulation of mixed martial arts in the state of New York.

In 2010, with the support of Governor Paterson and former Governor Pataki, legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts was approved by the New York State Senate, but not the Assembly. We thus have chosen to rally at 250 Broadway, which houses the district office of Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

We ask that you bring picket signs (please keep your comments and images respectful) and, if possible, a pair of focus mitts. Please DO NOT bring any audio projection equipment.

"If you are a fan, fighter, gym owner, business owner, or organization official who wants to start the 2011 New York State legislative calendar by letting our government know we want legalized and regulated mixed martial arts in New York State, please come show your support! Let's gather together to show our legislators that New York State is not respecting the wishes of its voters! Let's remind our legislators that mixed martial arts is a professional sport and in need of regulation in our state! Let's remind our legislators how much business our state loses and how many jobs are lost to neighboring states where mixed martial arts is properly sanctioned! Let's remind our legislators that we care about the safety of our athletes! Let's remind our legislators that it is the people of New York State who vote for them, and that WE WANT LEGALIZED AND REGULATED MIXED MARTIAL ARTS IN NEW YORK STATE!"

-Stephen Koepfer of the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York.

For more information please contact Stephen Koepfer at NYMMANOW@gmail.com or 718-728-8054. Be sure to subscribe to our blog: http://nymmanow.blogspot.com and join our Facebook group.

*Snow date for the rally is Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal Reviews 2010 in Combat Sports and Previews Sengoku, Dynamite, and 2011 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with freestyle and college champion wrestler, and the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, "King" Mo Lawal.

We open by finding out when King Mo plans to return to action in Strikeforce following surgery. He attended the K-1 World Grand Prix in Japan on December 11, and we discussed that historic event, which was won by Alistair Overeem. King Mo will also be attending the Sengoku Soul of Fight card on December 30, 2010, at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan, and the Dynamite!! 2010 card on December 31, 2010, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, both of which will feature numerous fights under differing rules. We thus previewed these highly-anticipated cards.

In addition, we announced some of our top choices for the best athletes and events of 2010 in mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and overall for the combat sports. We discussed why we expect 2011 to be a banner year in the combat sports for organizations like Strikeforce, Bellator, Martial Combat, and even for the K-1 World Grand Prix, as well as many others around the world. King Mo also explained why he believes that the mentality of K-1 fighters is different and preferable to that of many mixed martial arts fighters, 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.

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

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/.

The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

What Influential People in the Combat Sports Are Saying About Eddie Goldman and No Holds Barred 

Here is what influential people in the combat sports are saying about Eddie Goldman and No Holds Barred:

"Eddie Goldman is the original mixed martial arts journalist, and an activist and historian whose ground-breaking coverage of the combat sports, combined with his political, social, and cultural criticism, has earned him the respect and love of people all around the world, and the ire of the corrupt. He is the hurdle that one must navigate if they choose to rewrite history. His intolerance for lies is legendary. He remains an outspoken proponent of justice in sports." - John Perretti, legendary martial artist and matchmaker

"The best show on Internet radio, about MMA, submission wrestling, everything." – Kid Peligro, ADCC News

"He's an icon of our sport. He's the guy who puts our sport out there and pushes us to a different level in terms of information and news. So don't miss what he has to say." - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA legend Renzo Gracie

"The best." – Frank Shamrock, legendary MMA fighter

"The best." – Big John McCarthy, legendary MMA referee

"Eddie Goldman is my favorite journalist—period. Eddie is the Howard Cosell of the game." – Adisa Banjoko, author of Lyrical Swords Vol. 1: Hip Hop and Politics in the Mix, and Lyrical Swords Vol. 2: Westside Rebellion

"A great job online. You do the best job. All your writing is beautiful. It's where the old newspapers were." – Joey Reynolds, radio legend

"Eddie Goldman is the man who started to broadcast on the Internet, the man who was one of the reporters to start to believe in the sport. I'm proud to have 10-15 years to talk to you, and you're still in the business. Don't matter the new guys coming, but the old guys are still in the place." – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA legend Wallid Ismail

"The best place on the air to find out all your combat sports news." -- Stephen Koepfer, the president of American Sambo Association and head coach at New York Combat Sambo

"You could talk to the next ten fight gamers you meet and not get the same kind of unapologetic depth that you get when you get an Eddie Goldman." – Eugene Robinson, in acclaimed book Fight

"Eddie Goldman is the man." - Rich Bender, Executive Director, USA Wrestling

"MMA's most learned scholar." – Carson's Corner

"If you want to know about boxing, MMA, and all combat sports, this is the place to be, and it's the only place to be." – Charles Farrell, award-winning boxing writer and musician

"Eddie Goldman, a classic New Yorker whose knowledge of all combat sports is without parallel." – L. Jon Wertheim, in Blood in the Cage

"The Dean of Fight Sports Radio." – The Boxing Truth Radio

"The Dean of Boxing Internet Radio Eddie Goldman." – BoxingConfidential.com

"The godfather of MMA media." – Maximum Fighting Championship

"The godfather of MMA media." – Crooklyn, of TapouT Radio

"The Internet king." – Don King, the king of boxing promoters

"One of the most respected journalists in MMA." – MMAPayout.com

"The Smithsonian of combat sports." – "The Fight Nerd" Matthew Kaplowitz

"Eddie Goldman - the OG of Combat Sports journalism." - Rabbit-Punch.net

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

No Holds Barred: Stephen Koepfer on Advancing Sambo and Legalizing MMA in New York 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Stephen Koepfer, the president of the American Sambo Association and the head coach at New York Combat Sambo.

In an interview conducted at the New York Combat Sambo school in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, we discussed the history and development of the different types of sambo, including sport sambo and combat sambo. Since sambo was originally developed in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century, Russia and Eastern Europe remain the current strongholds of sambo. We discussed what techniques and types of submissions are allowed in both sport and combat sambo, why sambo is very useful for mixed martial arts, the history of the major international organizations which have governed sambo, and more.

We also discussed the newly-formed Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York. This is a non-partisan volunteer group of organizations, gyms, business owners, and individuals who support the legalization and regulation of mixed martial arts in the state of New York.

The Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York will be holding a rally on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 12 noon, in support of legalized and regulated mixed martial arts in New York State, at 250 Broadway, Manhattan, New York, 10007 (across the street from City Hall). We discussed this rally and why all those in the combat sports should support it.

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.

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

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/.

The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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

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

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Monday, December 20, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mike Thomas, Mixed Martial Arts Pioneer 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Mike Thomas, the founder of First Nations Tae Kwon Do Mixed Martial Arts in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, and the former president of the International Fighting Championships (IFC).

Mike Thomas is a pioneer in mixed martial arts. He played the lead role in getting the province of Quebec to sanction the sport and adopt a set of rules to govern it in 1998. The Quebec rules were later basically adopted by California and New Jersey in 2000, which opened the door for the adoption of the unified rules of mixed martial arts in 2001, which were also based on all those rules.

Mike Thomas was also the on-site promoter for Battlecade Extreme Fighting 2, held April 26, 1996, in Kahnawake. The day after that event, eight participants were arrested in Montreal for supposedly participating in an "illegal prizefight," charges which were later thrown out.

It was our privilege and pleasure to speak by phone with Mike Thomas on Monday afternoon. We reviewed his own path which led him to the world of martial arts, which included some detours, and how martial arts allowed him to overcome many problems in life. We discussed at length the events leading up to the Battlecade Extreme Fighting 2 event, the relations between the Mohawk community and the governments of Quebec and Canada, the arrests after Battlecade Extreme Fighting 2, the vindication of those charged, and the eventual agreements which led to the adoption of the Quebec rules and the legalization and sanctioning of the sport in Quebec.

We discussed the importance of the combat sports to the culture and spirit of the people in Kahnawake, and why these sports remain so important today. We explained the pioneering role in mixed martial arts played by organizations including IFC and Extreme Fighting, and key individuals including John Perretti, Larry Hazzard, Paul Smith, and others. We thus clarified much of the early history and nature of mixed martial arts, about which so much misinformation and confusion has been spread.

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.

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

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/.

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

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

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Friday, December 17, 2010

No Holds Barred: Dr. Margaret Goodman on Chael Sonnen-Testosterone-California Commission Controversy, CTE, and More 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again discusses a number of critical health and safety issues for fighters in mixed martial arts and boxing with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist, the former chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the medical correspondent for No Holds Barred.

We begin by untangling what should have been a straightforward issue involving the suspension by the California State Athletic Commission of UFC fighter Chael Sonnen. The commission had originally suspended Sonnen for one year and fined him $2500 after finding that he had a very elevated level of testosterone in a postfight drug test following his August 7, 2010, loss to Anderson Silva. Sonnen claimed that he was being injected with testosterone as part of testosterone replacement therapy under the care of a doctor, but the commission noted that he had not received clearance from the commission to fight while taking these injections, much less that very elevated level of testosterone. Sonnen was found to have had a T/E ratio (testosterone to epitestosterone ratio) of 16.9-to-1, where the maximum allowed by the California commission and many others is only 4-to-1.

Yet at the California commission hearing on December 2, 2010, the suspension of Sonnen was cut in half to six months, meaning that he could fight again as soon as March 2011, about the same time he likely would have fought next had there been no suspension.

Dr. Goodman offers her view on how the California commission handled this entire situation. She noted that the commission never called as a witness any endocrinologist to evaluate the claims by Sonnen that he suffered from hypogonadism and needed these levels of testosterone injections. She also discusses how the danger to both fighters of Sonnen fighting with such an elevated testosterone level was buried in consideration of paperwork issues. And she comments on the practice by some promoters of having their own physicians evaluating fighters in their dressing rooms after their fights, instead of having them sent to hospitals.

We also discuss the issue of head trauma and the brain disease CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, in sports. While the National Football League has taken some steps to address these issues, thus far nothing has been done regarding them in combat sports like mixed martial arts and boxing. Dr. Goodman also comments on the responsibility of the media in dealing with these issues, as well as why athletes drinking alcohol is very dangerous, 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.

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

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/.

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

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

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti and Matt Phillips on the Origin of Mixed Martial Arts, Part Two 


(This show contains some explicit language.) On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman continues our discussion with the legendary matchmaker, martial artist, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti, and Matt Phillips of the Martial Arts Resource Group, about the origin and nature of mixed martial arts.

In one of the wildest discussions on this show, we refute various attempts at distorting the history of mixed martial arts, and thus distorting the nature of this sport. More information is provided on the famous mixed match between Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki in 1976 by Matt Phillips, who spoke with the legendary Gene LeBell, who was the referee of that fight. We also discuss the usage of the term "mixed martial arts" in a review of the first UFC by Los Angeles Times television critic Howard Rosenberg on November 15, 1993, and other earlier references to that term. We stress the responsibility of the media today to strive to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth about mixed martial arts, why so many are failing to do so, 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.

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

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/.

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

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

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Monday, December 13, 2010

No Holds Barred: An Historic Weekend of Fights Around the World 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the historic fights held on the M-1 Challenge XXII, the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final, the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament, and the Khan-Maidana fight cards.

Alistair Overeem, also the reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion, emerged with the K-1 World Grand Prix championship on December 11 in Tokyo, Japan. This is the first time that an athlete has simultaneously held a major mixed martial arts world title along with winning the K-1 World Grand Prix tournament. He thus has to be considered as the top combat sports fighter of 2010.

Also on December 11, the Joseph Agbeko-Yonnhy Perez rematch, won by Agbeko with a unanimous decision, and the Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana fight, won by Khan by unanimous decision, were both action-packed, seesaw fights. Each deserves to be fight of the year candidates in boxing.

The M-1 Challenge XXII mixed martial arts card, held on December 10 in Moscow, Russia, and shown live on national television in Russia and on a webcast to the world, crowned three M-1 champions and helped establish M-1 Global as a major worldwide mixed martial arts organization.

We discuss this and much more 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.

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

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/.

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

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

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Friday, December 10, 2010

No Holds Barred: Chris Thomas, Carl Mascarenhas, Weekend Fight Previews 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our correspondent Chris Thomas, and with Carl Mascarenhas, president and CEO of the DaMMAge Fight League.

With Chris, we primarily previewed the many fights coming up this weekend, including the highly-anticipated M-1 Challenge XXII on Friday, December 10, in Moscow, Russia, and the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday, December 11. We also discussed three other fight cards scheduled for December 11: the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament, the Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana WBA 140-pound title fight, and the UFC 124 Georges St-Pierre-Josh Koscheck fight. While we had different assessments of these events, we agreed which one is likeliest to be the best of the weekend: the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final.

With Carl, we discussed the future plans for the DaMMAge Fight League. Their next card is slated to be on Saturday, February 26, 2011, with an exact location and fight card to be announced shortly.

We spoke with both Chris and Carl in New York on Thursday night.

The first round of the two-stage, single-elimination Showtime Bantamweight Tournament will take place Saturday, December 11, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, and will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime. On that card, unbeaten IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, California, by way of Colombia, will face the fighter from whom he captured that title in October 2009, Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs), of the Bronx, New York, by way of Ghana, Africa.

The exciting former flyweight and super flyweight world champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, will fight the undefeated Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, who now resides in Montebello, California.

We spoke with Yonnhy Perez, Joseph King Kong Agbeko, Vic Darchinyan, and Abner Mares on media conference calls to get their views on what to expect in this important tournament.

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.

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

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/.

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

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

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

No Holds Barred: Chatri Sityodtong of Evolve MMA on the Asia MMA Revolution 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Chatri Sityodtong, the founder of the largest mixed martial arts academy and martial arts training organization in Asia, Evolve MMA.

Based in Singapore, he has also been a professional Muay Thai fighter, and is currently an instructor at Evolve MMA in Singapore, as well as a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the legendary Renzo Gracie.

Fighters from Evolve MMA have been competing in many competitions in several combat sports, including in mixed martial arts in the Singapore-based Martial Combat. The fights from that organization are televised throughout Asia on ESPN Star.

In addition, Evolve MMA is a founding member of the Asian Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AMMAF). This is the official governing body for the sport of MMA within Asia.

"Be on the lookout for the Asia MMA revolution," Chatri Sityodtong advised us during our lengthy interview conducted Tuesday by Skype. He explained how Evolve MMA has rapidly expanded during its brief existence, and is already regarded as one of the best academies in the world. We discussed both its staff, which includes dozens of world-class instructors in many disciplines, and its fighters, who are finding success in MMA competitions all around the world.

We also discussed the level of competition in Martial Combat, which recently has completed its first season, and what is expected in 2011. We analyzed what is happening in MMA throughout Asia, including in China and Japan, and what we expect to happen in those countries.

In addition, we discussed Evolve fighter Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai Sityodtong, a.k.a. Yodsanan 3-K Battery, who held the WBA super featherweight title in boxing from 2002 to 2005, and now is training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and may fight professionally in mixed martial arts.

There is a lot more to this discussion, which both introduces mixed martial arts in Asia outside Japan to those who are unfamiliar with it, as well as analyzes the sport there and forecasts Asia as becoming a major world center for the sport.

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.

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

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/.

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

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

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti and Matt Phillips on the Origin of Mixed Martial Arts 




On this special edition of No Holds Barred, which is show number 500 for this podcast, host Eddie Goldman is joined by the legendary matchmaker, martial artist, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti, and Matt Phillips of the Martial Arts Resource Group, who has been documenting and spreading the word about MMA online and offline since 1993.

There has been plenty written and said about the origin and meaning of the term "mixed martial arts", but, like much else about the history of this sport, most of it is inaccurate. We discuss the first documented, written use of the term "mixed martial arts", in a news release in September 1995 for the first show of Battlecade Extreme Fighting, of which John Perretti was a partner, producer, commentator, and matchmaker. John Perretti also explains that he had been using that term since 1979. We also discuss how this sport developed from featuring fights between martial artists of different styles, to one where, in theory at least, there were complete fighters who had mastered a variety of grappling and striking techniques. This lengthy, rich discussion also includes commentary on recent events, comparisons of the level of athletes in early and present-day fights, the predominant style of fighting today, 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.

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

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/.

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

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

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal, Strikeforce Preview 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the December 4 Strikeforce mixed martial arts card, and speaks with former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion "King" Mo Lawal.

The Strikeforce show will take place Saturday night, December 4, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime. The main event pits two veteran former champions against one another, as Dan Henderson faces Renato "Babalu" Sobral in a light heavyweight bout. Also, Paul Daley fights Scott Smith in a welterweight fight, Robbie Lawler fights Matt Lindland in a middleweight fight, and Antonio "Big Foot" Silva fights Mike Kyle in a heavyweight fight.

On a series of media conference calls, we got some quick assessments of what to expect in these fights from Dan Henderson, Renato "Babalu" Sobral, Paul Daley, Scott Smith, Robbie Lawler, and Matt Lindland. We also heard a comment from Strikeforce CEO about the status of negotiations between Strikeforce, Showtime, and M-1 Global to extend the contract of the legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko with Strikeforce.

On Wednesday, we spoke at length with "King" Mo Lawal. He gave us an estimate of when he will be able to return to Strikeforce following his rehab from surgery. We discussed the December 4 Strikeforce card and the main fights on it. Mo Lawal will also be a guest commentator on the December 11 HDNet telecast of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan, and also a guest on MMA Live on ESPN2 late Thursday night, December 2. We discussed the K-1 card and why we expect it to be very exciting, as well as some of the developments in boxing this year, including why Sergio Martinez deserves to be named fighter of the year in that sport. We also discussed the great sport of 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.

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

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/.

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

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

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