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Sunday, June 24, 2012

No Holds Barred: Rose Gracie and Gracie Worlds; ONE FC Review 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Rose Gracie about the submission-only grappling event, the Gracie Worlds. And we review the historic ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors card, which took place June 23 at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Gracie Worlds will take place at TheFitExpo on Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The gi tournament, including superfights, is on July 14, while the no-gi tournament, also including superfights, is on July 15. In both these tournaments, the only way to win is by submission, as there are no judges or points scored. If there is no submission, neither competitor advances. The adult division matches have 15-minute time limits, while in the finals there is no time limit.

We spoke with Rose Gracie by phone Wednesday about this event and why these rules, which she says come from her late grandfather, Helio Gracie, are needed to revitalize jiu-jitsu. In her event, she said in this interview. "100 percent of the outcome of the matches [is] in the hands of the competitor."

In addition, we discussed the need for drug-testing in jiu-jitsu and grappling, the growing media coverage of her tournaments, the real relation between jiu-jitsu and MMA, and more.

We open this edition of the show with a review of the fights on the ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors card, and comment on some of the lessons from this impressive event. The next ONE FC card will take place August 31 in the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines, in which the 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place.

Also, we offer a few more comments on the June 21 M-1 Global card in St. Petersburg, Russia, and what might be the best post ever about combat sports posted on Facebook.

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