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Friday, November 30, 2012

No Holds Barred: Eddie Goldman Named FILA Media Coordinator 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses being named the Media Coordinator for the international wrestling federation, FILA.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City February 16 and 17, 2013, for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, grappling, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

No Holds Barred: Clint Kingsbury, Larry Papadopoulos, Laura Edler-Hill, Rich Tado on FILA Grappling, Pankration, Amateur MMA World Championship 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Clint Kingsbury, Larry Papadopoulos, Laura Edler-Hill, and Rich Tado to sum up the 2012 FILA senior World Grappling, Pankration, and Amateur MMA Championship. This event was held November 15-18 at the Hala Widowiskowo Sportowa in Skala, Poland, near Krakow. We spoke with them in a roundtable discussion a few hours after the conclusion of the event.

Clint Kingsbury works for the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association (Wrestling Canada Lutte) as Domestic Development Manager and is a FILA representative.

Larry Papadopoulos of Australia is a former Pancrase and Shooto fighter, currently runs and is an instructor at the Boxing Works gym in Darlinghurst, and is a FILA representative.

Laura Edler-Hill is the Illinois representative of the USA Federation of Pankration Athlima and Amateur MMA, and a FILA referee.

Rich Tado is director and head coach of the Old School Wrestling Training Center in Huntley, Illinois, an assistant wrestling coach at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and a FILA referee.

"Being involved with FILA grappling and non-Olympic styles since 2007-2008, probably the highlight that I could say that I saw at this event was really the growth and development of the athletes, coaches, referees, from day one till now," said Clint Kingsbury in this discussion. "The number of countries. The camaraderie. The fact that the event was put on really geared towards the high-profileness of these athletes. We had world team members from all over the world. Some of them were big names, stars in wrestling and jiu-jitsu and judo. This is what FILA is all about, bringing opportunity to athletes, and that's why I'm involved."

The 2013 edition of this event is scheduled for June 12-15, 2013, at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City February 16 and 17, 2013, for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, grappling, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

No Holds Barred: Jeff Monson, Penny Thomas, Matt Betzold at FILA World Championship 





On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Jeff Monson, Penny Thomas, and Matt Betzold. All three won world titles at the 2012 FILA senior World Grappling, Pankration, and Amateur MMA Championship, held November 15-18 at the Hala Widowiskowo Sportowa in Skala, Poland, near Krakow.

Just two days after submitting Alexander Emelianenko in MMA on an M-1 card in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jeff Monson represented the USA in the no-gi grappling competition at +100kg at the FILA worlds. He won all three of his matches by decision, taking his third FILA world title in grappling. This title, however, he said in this interview, recorded right after his match on November 17, was his "most difficult."

Penny Thomas of South Africa, who has won world titles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship, and the FILA world championship in grappling, won double gold at this event, winning world titles in both gi and no-gi grappling in the women's 64kg division.

American Matt Betzold, who has an amputated left leg, won his first world title, winning at 62kg in amateur MMA. He also took second at this event in no-gi grappling, also at 62kg.

We spoke with each of them right after they won their historic world titles.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City February 16 and 17, 2013, for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, grappling, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

No Holds Barred: Ricardo Liborio, Laura Edler-Hill, and Rich Tado on 2012 FILA Pankration World Championships 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reviews the 2012 FILA Pankration World Championships with Ricardo Liborio, Laura Edler-Hill, and Rich Tado.

The 2012 FILA World Championships of Grappling, Pankration, and Amateur MMA were held November 15-18, 2012, at the Hala Widowiskowo Sportowa in Skala, Poland, near Krakow. The Pankration competition took place the first day, November 15.

Ricardo Liborio is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team and head coach of USA Grappling.

Rich Tado is from the Old School Wrestling Training Center in Huntley, Illinois, an assistant wrestling coach at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and a FILA referee

Laura Edler-Hill is the Illinois representative of the USA Federation of Pankration Athlima and Amateur MMA, and a FILA referee.

We spoke with them in a roundtable discussion recorded a few hours after the Pankration competition had ended.

Acknowledging that this was the first time he had watched the FILA Pankration live, Ricardo Liborio commented, "It definitely was so exciting," noting "the fast pace of all the matches."

We discussed the rules of FILA Pankration, why this style is so exciting, the growing importance of FILA's events in grappling, Pankration, and amateur MMA, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City February 16 and 17, 2013, for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, grappling, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Real Origin of Mixed Martial Arts (Part Two) 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents the second of our two-part discussion with lifelong martial artist, former UFC and Battlecade Extreme Fighting matchmaker, TV commentator, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti.

We continue with our examination of the origin of the term "mixed martial arts" and the actual and often distorted and concealed history of the sport.

In 1980 in New York, John Perretti opened a martial arts school featuring what he called "Tao Jutsu Do", which he described at the time as "a mixed martial arts school". We discussed the many people who trained there, such as author and historian Dr. Peter Maguire.

"When I started Tao Jutsu Do, I started it off as a mixed martial arts school," said John Perretti in this interview. "We were grappling on hardwood floors, hardwood maple floors. We were doing knife-on-knife. I was doing knife-on-knife seminars for 20 years. We were doing everything and anything."

We also discussed the view held by some that the term "mixed martial arts" came from the Japanese phrase "Ishu Kakutogi Sen", which means heterogeneous combat sports fights. These were almost all fixed or worked pro "wrestling" matches in the 1970s involving some real martial artists against pro "wrestlers" like Antonio Inoki. We also discuss how the devolution of the once-real (more or less) professional catch-as-catch-can wrestling into fixed matches with pre-determined endings and various plots represented the triumph of corruption in that sport, and should not be emulated or supported in any way, or used as a model for real MMA.

In addition, we discussed the origin of Battlecade Extreme Fighting, what John Perretti wanted to accomplish with that pioneering organization which ran four shows from 1995 to 1997, some of the lessons of the battles to establish MMA as a sport and not a spectacle in the 1990s and after, and much more.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City February 16 and 17, 2013, for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, grappling, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

No Holds Barred: Jeff Monson on His Four Fights in 17 Days, and a Fighters' Union  

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.

Jeff has an incredibly busy schedule over the next few weeks. On November 15, at the M-1 15th anniversary show in St. Petersburg, Russia, he will fight Alexander Emelianenko. Two days later, on November 17, he is scheduled to represent the U.S. in the FILA no-gi grappling world championship in Skala, Poland, near Kraków. The following week, on November 24, it is back to MMA when he fights on ROAD FC 10 in Busan, Korea, against Kang Dong-Gook of Team MAX at a catch weight of 97.5 kg. And the week after, on December 1, it is another MMA fight, this time in Serbia against Golden Glory fighter Denis Stojnić at an event which is raising money for AIDS and disadvantaged youth organizations.

"I haven't fought since June, and now all of a sudden I've got four events in a short amount of time. I've got an itching to compete. It's been nice to take some time and just train, because I don't get that to see very often," he said in this interview, which was recorded by phone Thursday evening. "I'll be glad when it's over, trust me. I'm actually looking forward to getting back in the cage again."

We also discussed the FILA world championships in grappling, Pankration, and amateur MMA, and how FILA is developing these as legitimate sports.

After discussing this schedule, we then turned to the issue of how MMA fighters are treated by many organizations, and the need for a fighters' union. Jeff emphasized both the need for more education of fighters on these issues, and also the need for good organization to create such a union. "Education is key," he stressed, while also noting that it will take time, unity, and a proper strategy to accomplish these goals.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City February 16 and 17, 2013, for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, grappling, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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No Holds Barred: The Continuing Battle of Sport vs. Spectacle 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments on some of the continuing battles for the combat sports to be organized as legitimate sports.

We note the re-election of California Assembly Member Luis Alejo, who had introduced AB 2100, also known as the Professional Bill of Rights for MMA Athletes, earlier this year in the California State Assembly. While this bill did not pass this year, expect another round in this battle to extend the provisions of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act to professional MMA fighters.

We also read parts of a letter from Paul Johnson, head of the Boxers Organizing Committee, to U.S. President Barack Obama calling on him to support efforts to unionize boxers, and outlining the call for an "an industry summit meeting" in boxing to lay the foundations for structural reform in boxing.

The battle to organize mixed martial arts as a sport and not a spectacle has been raging for a long time now, and is related to the current discussion about the origins of the sport and the term "mixed martial arts" itself. We read a message sent by author Dr. Peter Maguire about some of his experiences training with John Perretti. In this message, Dr. Maguire wrote, "Like contemporary history under the Soviet Union, Perretti has simply been airbrushed out of the present history of MMA."

Another step in organizing MMA as a real sport is being taken with the growth of amateur MMA and the FILA World Championships in grappling, Pankration, and amateur MMA. This event takes place November 15-18 at the Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, ul. ks. Stanislawa Poletka 34, 32-043 Skala, Poland, near Kraków.

We will be covering this event from matside. This trip to Poland, and also to visit the FILA headquarters in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, will mean that it is highly unlikely that an edition of No Holds Barred will be produced and posted until after the trip is over. So sit tight because there should be some interesting commentary and interviews from this trip.

As many already know, because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy, one of the many events which has been postponed is the MMA World Expo. The new dates are February 16-17, 2013, at the same location, the Jacob Javits Center in New York. While some part of the Expo program may have to be changed due to the postponement, the FILA North American Invitational in amateur MMA will go on during these new dates. Also, the postponement actually makes it more likely that the Expo will feature some matches in catch wrestling, as well as a demonstration of that sport.

So these battles continue, on many fronts and in many countries, all for the betterment of the combat sports.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City February 16 and 17, 2013, for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, grappling, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Real Origin of Mixed Martial Arts (Part One) 



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.

The issues of the history of mixed martial arts, the development of its modern structure and rules, and the origin of the term itself have again been recent topics of discussion. As has been usual for such commentary, most of it has been inaccurate, incomplete, distorted, skewed, and untruthful - and that doesn't even include the downright dishonest presentations.

Amidst this avalanche of misinformation, again it falls to No Holds Barred to try to set the record straight. We thus conducted a lengthy interview about the origin of mixed martial arts and the term itself with the man who introduced weight classes, rounds, and much more to the modern version of this sport: John Perretti. We spoke by Skype Wednesday, October 31.

In this interview, John Perretti explained not only that he was the one who coined the term "mixed martial arts", but also why it is significant to note that, other than just for historical accuracy.

"When I came to Battlecade Extreme Fighting," he said, "I started using this term as what we were doing, which was very, very different than what the UFC was doing, which was a spectacle."

In the first part of our interview, we discussed many issues including the early and continuing battles to position mixed martial arts as a sport and not a spectacle. There will be much more in the second part of this interview.

We also open by noting the postponement of numerous events in the New York-New Jersey area due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, including the MMA World Expo, which is now scheduled to take place February 16-17, 2013, at its original location, the Jacob Javits Center in New York. And we discuss some of the lessons of the 2-1, overtime tiebreaker victory by Kyle Dake over David Taylor at the NWCA All-Star Classic on November 3.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City February 16 and 17, 2013, for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, grappling, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Friday, November 02, 2012

No Holds Barred: Andrei Arlovski, Devin Cole, World Series of Fighting Debut 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the context in which the debut card for the World Series of Fighting will be taking place this Saturday, November 3, at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The top fights will be televised live in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network. But to establish a successful promotion, World Series of Fighting still faces major challenges, which we note.

We also spoke with the main event fighters, heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Devin Cole, on a recent media conference call, to get their views on how they expect this fight to go.

The co-main event on this card will be a light heavyweight fight between Anthony Johnson and D.J. Linderman. Also on the televised card, Miguel Torres will fight Marlon Moraes in a bantamweight bout and Gregor Gracie will take on Tyson Steele in a welterweight bout.

We open with comments on the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, where many people are still without power, food, housing, and other necessities. (It was announced late Friday afternoon after this show was recorded that the New York Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, November 4, has been cancelled.) However, conditions have been slowly improving in the region. Two combat sports events scheduled for next weekend are still slated to go on as planned: the Billy Robinson catch wrestling seminar at Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey, on November 10, and the New York Athletic Club International tournament in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan in New York City, November 9-10.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City December 1 and 2 for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, the Big Apple BJJ Open, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The 2012 MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

No Holds Barred: Coyte Cooper Previews 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman again speaks with former NCAA Div. I All-American wrestler at Indiana, and current Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Coyte Cooper.

Our focus is on a preview of the NWCA All-Star Classic.

This event, featuring many of the best college wrestlers in America and helping to kick off the 2012-13 college wrestling season, will take place Saturday, November 3, at the Bender Arena on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. It will be telecast on tape-delay in the U.S. on Fox College Sports and live on a pay webcast on Flowrestling.

This All-Star event is highlighted by matches in the ten college wrestling weight classes, headlined by a showdown at 165 pounds between three-time NCAA Div. I national champion Kyle Dake of Cornell against the defending NCAA Div. I national champion at 165, David Taylor of Penn State. Over the previous three seasons, Dake has won titles at 141, 149, and 157 pounds respectively, making him the first wrestler to win three NCAA Div. I national championships in three different weight classes. Taylor was last season's winner of the coveted Hodge Trophy for the best college wrestler in America. Dake will thus move up in weight once again for this match to face Taylor.

"It's such a unique matchup. What you have here with this matchup is two of the best wrestlers in the United States at any weight when it comes to college wrestling," said Coyte Cooper in this interview, which was recorded by phone Wednesday afternoon. He added that both wrestlers are known for having exciting styles. "Most coaches will tell you, 'I don't remember the last time when there was this much hype for a matchup.'"

We also discussed the other matches at this event, including other national champions and All-Americans who are competing, the likelihood that many of the Olympians of the future will be featured here, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City December 1 and 2 for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, the Big Apple BJJ Open, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The 2012 MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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