On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter Kenny "Deuce" Garner
Fighting out of American Top Team in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the exciting, colorful, and outspoken "Deuce" will be fighting in the main event of the M-1 Challenge card on Friday, July 8, at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California. His opponent will be Pat Bennett, the Team Bombsquad fighter whom Garner defeated by first-round TKO in the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas tournament final on September 18. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime.
Both fighters in this main event have claimed that they are much improved since their first meeting. In this interview, recorded by phone on Tuesday afternoon, Kenny "Deuce" Garner vowed to end this rematch victoriously, and again in the first round. He discussed his subsequent loss to unbeaten M-1 heavyweight champion Guram Gugenishvili, and why he believes that he will defeat Guram if and when they meet again. He outlined the improvements he has made of late in both grappling and striking, at what weight we can expect to see him fight this time, and much more.
Plus, we open with a brief preview of some of the combat sports action coming up this weekend, including Bellator 46, the Don King-promoted boxing card on HBO featuring the return of Devon Alexander, the U.S. Pankration National Championships and World Team Trials, and the U.S. Sumo Open.
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