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Thursday, August 30, 2012

No Holds Barred: Jeff Monson on Capitalism, Anarchism, Communism, and Jon Jones 







On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with American Top Team MMA fighter and two-time ADCC world grappling champion Jeff Monson.

His next fight is scheduled for the November 15 M-1 Global card in St. Petersburg, Russia, against Alexander Emelianenko.

In his most recent MMA fight, on the June 21 M-1 Global card, also in St. Petersburg, Russia, he defeated Denis Komkin by first-round submission with a north-south choke. For his ring entrance, he electrified the audience by coming out to the national anthem of the U.S.S.R.

The impact of this was instant and unforgettable, as everyone in attendance, including Russian president Vladimir Putin, rose to their feet.

We spoke with Jeff Monson by phone Wednesday night about this event and the message he was trying to send. We then went into a broader discussion about his views on capitalism, anarchism, and communism, including the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Saying fighters are just "a cog in the machine" and "realistically just wage slaves", Jeff Monson focused in on the situation involving the cancellation of UFC 151 and the treatment of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. We also discussed the prospects for fighters developing some sort of union or association, and much more.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

No Holds Barred: Ricardo Liborio and the New Generation of American Top Team Fighters 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling legend Ricardo Liborio, who is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team.

Ricardo Liborio has also been named the coach for Team USA, which will be competing in the first-ever World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts "USA vs. The World" event on September 15 at the MGM Grand Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

While American Top Team has long been known as a home of champion fighters, a number of newer fighters have recently been making names for themselves.

"There's a new, young generation of American Top Team fighters coming in, and we're pleased with that," said Ricardo Liborio, in this interview which was recorded by phone Sunday. It was on these new fighters which we mainly focused our discussion.

Attila Vegh just electrified the MMA world with a 25-second knockout of veteran Travis Wiuff at Bellator 73 on August 24 to win their light heavyweight tournament and earn a title shot. Based in Slovakia and training now as part of American Top Team, the 27-year-old Vegh was a world champion in kempo karate and has mainly fought, until now, in Europe.

Kelly Anundson, who turns 28 on August 29, not only was a Div. II All-American wrestler at Newberry College, but was also a FILA world grappling champion. Now 5-1 in MMA with four submission victories, he will be fighting for a heavyweight title against veteran Alexey Oleinik on that September 15 World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts card.

Bubba Jenkins, 24, was a 2007 junior world champion in freestyle wrestling and a 2011 NCAA Div. I wrestling champion for Arizona State. He is now 3-0 in MMA, and is expected to fight at lightweight at the next Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) event.

Steve Mocco, 30, is a two-time NCAA Div. I heavyweight wrestling champion and a 2008 U.S. Olympian in freestyle wrestling. He is planning to make his long-awaited MMA debut, also likely at that next RFA event. Known as having a tireless work ethic, he is one of the highest level wrestlers who will be competing in MMA.

We discussed what is happening with these American Top Team fighters with Ricardo Liborio. We also commented on the late-career resurgence of MMA veteran and two-time ADCC champion Jeff Monson, and much more.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

No Holds Barred: Rob Maysey of MMAFA In Defense of Jon Jones 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Rob Maysey of the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association.

Many people in and around the mixed martial arts world are blaming the cancellation of UFC 151, originally scheduled for September 1, on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Jones was slated to face Dan Henderson, but Henderson had to withdraw from that fight this week with an injury. Rather than take a new opponent on eight days' notice, which would have given Jones only three days actually to prepare for this fight, he declined. Instead, Jones will face Vitor Belfort on September 22. The postponement of Jones's appearance then led Zuffa, the parent company of UFC, to cancel the entire September 1 card and pay-per-view, and then blame the cancellation on Jones.

Not everyone, however, takes this view.

"I think Jon Jones made a very wise and professional decision. He followed the advice of his trainer," said Rob Maysey in this interview, which was recorded by phone Friday night. Noting that Jones was trying to protect both his title and earning capacity, he agreed that taking a new opponent on such short notice was not worth the risk. "He should be applauded for doing that," continued Rob Maysey. "He's the first fighter that I'm aware of that has had kind of the clout and the will to say 'no.'"

We thus discussed the real circumstances behind the cancellation of UFC 151, the attack on Jones in a press release issued by his promoters, the reaction to all of this by the MMA media, why fighter rights in MMA must be greatly expanded, what fighters and their supporters can do, and much more.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

No Holds Barred: Dr. Margaret Goodman of VADA on Anti-Doping Education, Testosterone, and the Drug Culture 






On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, the president and board chairman of VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

VADA is perhaps best known for working with both boxers and mixed martial arts fighters on a voluntary, state-of-the-art drug testing regimen, which includes random, unannounced blood and urine tests. Among the fighters currently working with VADA are boxer Nonito Donaire and MMA fighters B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald.

While this drug testing has been in most of the headlines regarding VADA, the main focus of the organization actually has been education. Towards this goal, VADA has just announced a partnership with the National Center for Drug Free Sport's Resource Exchange Center.

The Resource Exchange Center, also known as the REC Center, is free to access, and describes itself as "a subscription-based service that exists to provide up-to-date, confidential and accurate information on dietary supplements, dangerous and/or banned (prohibited) substances, and provide interactive tools and educational materials to empower athletes to make healthy and responsible decisions."

We spoke with Dr. Margaret Goodman by phone Tuesday about the latest developments for VADA, including this new partnership with the Resource Exchange Center.

"The main point of VADA is not to test athletes. It's to be an educational resource," said Dr. Goodman in this interview. "And certainly associating with Drug Free Sports's REC Center is going to be huge for us and huge for anybody that wants to take advantage of it."

The issue of the use of synthetic testosterone, which is an anabolic steroid, as a performance-enhancing drug is also making headlines involving athletes in the Olympics, baseball, MMA, and numerous other sporting events. Dr. Goodman noted that the potential harmful side effects of such usage, including damage to the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, and bones, are rarely discussed. She called on the Association of Boxing Commissions to establish a panel of experts to review cases where athletes have applied for a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone, instead of the individual, local commissions just making such decisions on their own.

We also discussed the battle to promote clean sport, combatting the growing drug culture, and much more.

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ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

No Holds Barred: Jake Varner 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with 2012 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling at 96 kg representing the U.S., Jake Varner.

A two-time NCAA Div. I wrestling champion at Iowa State, he currently trains at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in State College, Pennsylvania. The 26-year-old Jake Varner won his Olympic gold medal in his first appearance at an Olympic Games, after finishing third in the 2011 World Championships.

We spoke with Jake Varner Friday while he was in New York, just before he left for a celebration honoring U.S. Olympians in Iowa.

"Last year I got beat in a heartbreaker in the quarters and came back and took third, though," he said in this interview. "And I knew I had to make some changes, just real small things. And went back and made those adjustments. And I knew that I want to be an Olympic gold medalist, so I did whatever I needed to do to do that. And I just kept my eye on the prize and just stayed focused and just went out and wrestled."

In addition, Eddie opens with a commentary offering some preliminary thoughts on the proposed rule change in college wrestling in the U.S. which would create a national dual meet tournament system to crown a national team champion.

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ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Magnificence of Wrestling 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with lifelong martial artist, former UFC and Battlecade Extreme Fighting matchmaker, TV commentator, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti.

Our discussion, recorded Wednesday on Skype, highlighted some of the important lessons of the 2012 Olympics, especially the wrestling competition.

Speaking of the Olympic wrestlers, John Perretti said in this interview, "They're so heroic. They remind me of the statue of Hercules." What they demonstrated on the mat, he added, was "the magnificence of wrestling."

This was a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion about the combat sports, covering topics including the level of athleticism in these various sports; his philosophy of matchmaking which uses a pyramid structure to build contenders; doping; carbohydrates and diabetes; the future of combat sports; the role of grappling; John Perretti's unique contributions to creating the modern framework of mixed martial arts fights; the historic 1997 all-grappling show called "The Contenders"; and much, much more.

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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:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

No Holds Barred: Renzo Gracie, Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, Gregor Gracie 




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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with four members of the legendary Gracie family: Renzo Gracie, Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, and Gregor Gracie.

We spoke with them on Thursday afternoon at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York where Renzo was leading an intense training session. Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, and Gregor Gracie are all scheduled to fight on the ONE FC: Pride of a Nation card Friday, August 31, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines.

On that card, Rolles Gracie will be fighting King of the Cage cruiserweight champion Tony Bonello, Igor Gracie will be fighting Korean welterweight Jung Hwan Cha, and Gregor Gracie will be fighting URCC light heavyweight champion Nicholas Mann.

We discussed their recent fights, what to expect in what should be competitive fights for all of them, and their all looking forward to fighting in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd in the same arena in the Philippines which housed the legendary "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975. Fighting with his brothers on the same card will be, according to Rolles, "a dream come true." In addition, Renzo acknowledged that he would take a rematch of his Pride 10 fight with Kazushi Sakuraba under the right conditions.

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ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

No Holds Barred: Bibiano Fernandes 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA champion Bibiano Fernandes.

Currently the holder of the Dream bantamweight title, Bibiano Fernandes will be making his debut in ONE FC on August 31 in a fight against another champion, Gustavo Falciroli, who currently holds the CFC (Cage Fighting Championship) bantamweight title.

ONE FC: Pride of a Nation will take place Friday, August 31, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines.

We spoke with Bibiano Fernandes by phone Monday as he was making his preparations for this fight.

Speaking about Gustavo Falciroli, against whom he is favored, he explained in this interview, "I believe today I have no easy fights. Everybody knows something today." And about his opponent, he said, "He's a very good talent. He's good. I respect that."

We also discussed his transition from just competing in BJJ to becoming a world-renowned MMA fighter; his introduction to MMA at a Jungle Fight event in Manaus, Brazil; his facing King of the Cage champion Urijah Faber at a 2006 King of the Cage event in only his second professional MMA fight; his fighting in Japan in Dream where he held the featherweight and later bantamweight titles; the erroneous reports that he had signed with UFC; why he instead chose to sign with ONE FC; the tremendous reception ONE FC received at their recent prefight press conference in the Philippines; his deep devotion to his family, including a new addition expected shortly; and much more.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

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ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

No Holds Barred: Kevin Jackson on the Spectacular Wrestling at the 2012 Olympics 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with 1992 freestyle wrestling Olympic gold medalist, former MMA fighter, and current head wrestling coach for the Iowa State Cyclones, Kevin Jackson.

We spoke by phone Sunday evening just after the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics, and the eight days of wrestling at it, and both agreed that this was a great event which showcased spectacular wrestling and unparalleled athleticism.

Speaking about U.S. freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs, who won a gold medal at 74 kg, Coach Jackson noted the "electricity that surrounds him and the technical skills and the athletic ability and the energy in which he wrestled with, of scoring points and not going to one clinch." Burroughs wrestling this way on the first day of freestyle competition "set the tone" for other wrestlers in other weight classes, he added.

On the issue of world-class wrestlers, particularly some Americans, leaving international competition to go into MMA, Coach Jackson commented, "Most wrestlers want to wrestle. If they're still in a position, in a situation to be the best in the world, that's what they want to do. But some choose not to. They choose to go into the MMA for the financial gain, as opposed to the fame or the challenge."

We also discussed the success of 96 kg freestyle wrestling gold medalist Jake Varner of the U.S., who was a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State and wrestled in his senior year under Coach Jackson. We discussed many of the great accomplishments at the 2012 Olympics in wrestling, including three wrestlers winning their third straight Olympic gold medals: Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho of Japan in women's freestyle, and Artur Taimazov of Uzbekistan in men's freestyle. We discussed how the collegiate wrestling programs in the U.S. have helped prepare wrestlers for international competition, what are the prospects for Iowa State in this coming season, and much more.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

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ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

No Holds Barred: An Artful Start to Wrestling at the 2012 Olympics 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments on the first four of the eight days of wrestling at the 2012 London Olympics.

Greco-Roman wrestling had three days of action, from August 5 to 7, while women's freestyle wrestling had the first of its two days of action on August 8. Women's freestyle wrestling concludes on August 9, while men's freestyle wrestling takes place August 10-12.

The three days of Greco-Roman wrestling saw tremendous displays of art, technique, and drama. Although their team has been successful in freestyle, Iran had never won an Olympic gold medal in Greco, until now. They did it in style, taking three gold medals in the seven weight classes.

Among the topics analyzed are how the scoring broke down in the Greco gold medal matches, the debate on the rules of Greco-Roman wrestling, and the decline of the U.S. Greco team, which did not win any medals. Also discussed are the first two women's freestyle gold medal matches which were won by wrestlers from Japan, the debate on the rules of freestyle wrestling, and more.

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ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

No Holds Barred: Olympic Boxing Corruption, Teddy Riner Superstar, Combat Sports at London 2012 Olympics So Far 






On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments on some of the developments at the 2012 London Olympic regarding the combat sports after the first full week of competition.

Among the topics discussed are the latest Olympic boxing scandal involving the Satoshi Shimizu-Magomed Abdulhamidov fight whose verdict was overturned, the need for a World Anti-Corruption Agency for sport, Olympic heavyweight gold medalist judoka Teddy Riner of France as an international superstar, doping at the Olympics, the disgraceful Olympics coverage by NBC, the xenophobia and narrowness in American sport, amateur MMA and the Olympics, the role of social media, and much more.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

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ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

No Holds Barred: Olympic Wrestling Preview with Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Gary Abbott, Director of Communications and Special Projects of USA Wrestling, to preview the wrestling competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

On Sunday, August 5, wrestling will commence at the 2012 London Olympics and continue every day through Sunday, August 12, the last day of these Summer Olympic Games. The competition will be held in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, with seven sets of medals being awarded in Greco, seven in men's freestyle, and four in women's freestyle. This action, the pinnacle for the sport of wrestling, takes place at the ExCeL Centre, the largest competition venue at the London 2012 Games.

We recently spoke with Gary Abbott, before he left for London, to break down who are the top wrestlers in the world in each weight class and what are the medal prospects for the American wrestlers.

"The U.S. team will be exciting," Gary Abbott said during this interview. "I think that we'll be scoring points, and that's what it's going to take to win."

We also discussed the current rules of international wrestling, how USA Wrestling at this time is not involved with styles which include striking such as amateur MMA, and much more.

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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:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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