Friday, February 25, 2011

No Holds Barred: Dr. Margaret Goodman on Donaire-Montiel Stoppage, Boxing vs. MMA Safety, Duerson Suicide, CTE 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks 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.
The world of combat sports is a world of constant controversy, and we discuss some of the latest ones. The February 19 bantamweight title fight between Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel, won by a brutal second-round TKO by Donaire, has many questioning why the referee let the fight proceed after Montiel was knocked down and was quivering on the canvas. Some have also claimed that this proves that mixed martial arts is safer than boxing. We discuss that also, at a time when the safety dangers to fighters in both sports seem to be leveling out. We also discuss the current role of the controversial Victor Conte, infamous as a doping mastermind in the BALCO scandal, as a trainer for Donaire, and whether or not he can now be trusted.
In addition, we discuss the tragic suicide of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who asked that his brain be studied by researchers investigating the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), to see if he had suffered brain damage. Duerson had also been part of an NFL panel considering the disability claims of retired players, including those related to brain damage and dementia.
We also try to look into the future and determine what all this might mean for the combat sports, how the battle against doping must be stepped up, what must be done to prevent the current budget crises faced by state governments in the U.S. from destroying proper regulation of the combat sports, and more.
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