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Monday, September 10, 2012

No Holds Barred: John Perretti Likes the K-1 U.S. Grand Prix Championship 

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.

On Saturday, September 8, John covered the K-1 U.S. Grand Prix Championship for No Holds Barred. Put on by the revamped K-1 kickboxing organization, this event was held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.

By virtue of their victories on this September 8 card, four heavyweight fighters - Xavier Vigney, Rick Roufus, Jarrell Miller, and Randy Blake - advanced to the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, scheduled for Sunday, October 14, in Tokyo, Japan. The finals of this tournament, the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8, are scheduled for Wednesday, December 26, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

We spoke with John Perretti by phone Sunday to discuss this show. John was also an international kickboxing champion in the 1970s, so he is uniquely qualified to analyze such an event from any angles.

Saying he "really enjoyed" the live show, he offered a positive evaluation of many aspects of it.

"All in all I want to say that the show was an absolute B-plus," he said in this interview. "Most of the athletes were B-plus to A to A-list athletes. The matches were damn good, on average. The athletics within the context of the individual fights were A, A-list."

We also discussed some problems with the organization of the event such as with the live online streaming, how the culture around kickboxing has changed since the 1970s (and not for the better), and much more.

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