On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with journalist and All-American wrestler Tim (T.R.) Foley about his journey through China and Mongolia to report on various traditional and indigenous styles of wrestling. He is documenting his findings on his web site, Wrestling Roots.
We spoke with him by Skype on Sunday morning (Saturday night in the U.S.) while he was in Shanghai and on his way to a town in Shanxi Province which he says is known as the "wrestling village" of China. He will be spending 10 to 12 more weeks in Asia before returning to the U.S. and writing a book about his travels.
We open this show with commentary on some of the latest doings in boxing and mixed martial arts, continuing topics discussed on previous shows. We discuss the majority decision victory by Carl Froch over Glen Johnson on June 4 in the Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinal fight in Atlantic City, the overall success of this tournament, and the upcoming Boricua Invasion boxing cards at Roseland Ballroom in New York on June 10 and 11.
Turning to MMA, we discuss the dilemma faced by Showtime when their current contract with Strikeforce runs out, the need for them to organize some type of World MMA Classic similar to the World Boxing Classic, and the controversies involving more mindless behavior by fighters and so-called "media". More importantly, we discuss the frightening news that UFC fighter Brian Foster has reportedly been "cleared by doctors to train and compete again" despite having recently had bleeding on his brain.
With boxing and MMA beset by problems, the door is opening for various styles of grappling and wrestling to advance as spectator sports. We thus discuss how these combat sports could take advantage of this situation.
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