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No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman
The Conscience of Combat Sports, Godfather of MMA Media, and Voice of Catch Wrestling
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Eddie Goldman, known as the "conscience of combat sports", "godfather of MMA media", and "voice of catch wrestling", is the hos...


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March 21, 2017 01:36 AM PDT
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the controversies arising from the scoring of this past Saturday's Gennady Golovkin-Danny Jacobs fight. But are disputed scoring and questionable judging at the heart of boxing's problems? In light of what is going on in the sports world, that is examined and analyzed. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
March 10, 2017 12:38 PM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reports from kickoff news conference of the newly-created World Boxing Super Series , which was held March 9 in New York. The basic format of this ambitious project is to have two annual 16-man tournaments in different weight classes to crown winners of the Muhammad Ali Trophy, which was made with the support of the family of the late heavyweight champion and worldwide sports icon. They aim not to supplant the various sanctioning bodies and promoters, but to add this new tournament to the existing events held around the world in boxing, and to create "the greatest prize in boxing". Half of the fights are planned for Europe with the other half for the U.S. No fighters were at this news conference, nor were the specific weight classes for the inaugural tournament mentioned, although they do plan a drawing for the tournaments and seeding at an event planned for June, with the first fights in September of this year. The fighters, they said, will be chosen from among the top 15-ranked fighters in the four major sanctioning bodies. Those much-criticized rankings include many different levels of fighters, but the World Boxing Super Series organizers are hopeful that the total of $50 million U.S. dollars to be awarded in prize money to the fighters, with as much as $1 million for winners of the quarterfinals, will be enough to attract all but a handful of top tier fighters who already make that or more. This will also require the cooperation of various promoters and managers, which has often proved difficult to impossible, but again their hope is that money talks. The four speakers at this news conference were: -- Matthew Hooper, executive vice president of Modern Times Group (MTG), which is a major shareholder in Comosa AG, which owns the World Boxing Super Series. MTG is a major digital entertainment company based in Sweden, and is involved in TV, radio, online networks, gambling, and eSports. -- Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa's Head of Management Board, and group commercial director at media rights company MP & Silva, which is handling media rights outside of Scandinavia and the U.S. MP & Silva manages the sports TV rights for about 10,000 hours of programming to some 500 broadcasters globally, including the FIFA World Cup rights, senior European football leagues, Grand Slam tennis, motor racing, and more. -- Kalle Sauerland, Comosa's Chief Boxing Officer, who is also a major boxing promoter with Sauerland Promotion, based in Europe. -- Richard Schaefer, Comosa's Chairman of the Americas, and a long-time boxing promoter and now the chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. To discuss all this, we spoke at this news conference with Kalle Sauerland. We also present the complete audio from the news conference itself, and discuss the prospects for the World Boxing Super Series to succeed. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
March 06, 2017 03:36 AM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the two main events which took place Saturday, March 4, and their improbable endings. In the U.K., WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew scored a dramatic eleventh-round TKO over the heavy favorite David Haye in a heavyweight fight. Despite many expecting a quick knockout by Haye, Bellew acquitted himself well as the rounds went on. But Haye's right leg gave way in the sixth round and he could barely stand on it for the second half of the fight, before being knocked out of the ring by Bellew. The fight was built up by a series of vile and vulgar statements by Haye, but both men embraced after their battle and noted their respect for each other's courage. This fight took place in London's O2 Arena and was shown live in the U.K. on Sky Sports Box Office. In the U.S., the long awaited welterweight title unification fight between two unbeaten beltholders, WBA champ Keith Thurman and WBC champ Danny Garcia, took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and was shown live in the U.S. on CBS and in the U.K. on BoxNation. While Thurman won a split decision, which most observers said was a clearcut victory for him, the fight had few fireworks or dramatic moments. While the initial ratings indicate that it was the most-viewed fight on American television this year, the question arises whether or not this fight and broadcast will bring more fans back into boxing. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
February 28, 2017 10:09 PM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia about their welterweight title unification fight. In addition, the issue of honor and the lack of honor of many boxing champions, including the potential implications of this past Saturday's postfight hotel lobby brawl involving Deontay Wilder, and the WBC's call for a boxing code of ethics to be implemented, are discussed. WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) fight this Saturday, March 4, in the main event of a card billed as Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This card will be shown live in the U.S. on CBS and in the U.K. on BoxNation. We spoke with both Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on a recent media conference call. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
February 26, 2017 12:02 AM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Jackob Johnson of the Black Fist Self-Defense Project. With the recent rise in hate crimes and openly racist and white supremacist attacks in the U.S. since the Electoral College victory of Trump, the need for self-defense of the many groups and people targeted by these perpetrators of reaction has become urgent. The Black Fist Self-Defense Project is one of these new groups trying to fulfill this need. To discuss this, we spoke with Jackob Johnson by phone Friday. "Basically the project itself is about self-defense," he said. "We all understand that since the election of Donald Trump there have been a lot of, I'll say, hate crimes against minorities. And so we thought that it's a good idea where as Black people we could be able to defend ourselves. "The main idea is not even the defense. It's just being able to be in a position to defend ourselves. And also we understand that self-defense is something that if you know, it boosts your own self, I would say, esteem." To accomplish this, this year they have begun holding a series of seminars and self-defense classes around the U.S. At this time these classes have been held in New York and Florida, with more locations soon to be announced. The trainers include Omowale Adewale, a kickboxer, boxer, and MMA fighter based in New York. We also discussed how many of their students are beginners, combining self-defense training with a series of talks with people in the community, the need for "Black people to come together" and to be both "physically and mentally strong", their use of social media and the Meetup web site, and much more. In addition, we open with a commentary on the importance of using the combat sports to fight the rise of reaction we see today, and of following the time-tested slogan on "an injury to one is an injury to all". The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
February 19, 2017 10:59 AM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the February 25 fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) and late replacement challenger Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs). This headlines a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card taking place at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, in Wilder's home state. It will be televised live in the U.S. on Fox, and in Spanish on Fox Deportes, as well as in the U.K. on Sky Sports. We spoke with both Deontay Wilder and Gerald Washington on this past week's media conference call. Besides the fight itself, we also discuss the circumstances which led up to Washington being chosen as a late replacement, with the original opponent testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug, and also the situation involving the positive PED test for Alexander Povetkin, who was supposed to fight Wilder last year. All these tests were conducted by VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, as part of the WBC's Clean Boxing Program. And we also comment on the potential for title unification in the heavyweight division, and much more. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
February 09, 2017 09:01 PM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses whether or not the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), America's number one boxing TV series, is here to stay, and can begin to generate revenue after buying time on several TV networks. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
February 01, 2017 09:03 PM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko, Eddie Hearn, Kristal Hart, and Bob Carson at the January 31 press conference at Madison Square Garden for the April 29 fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. The 27-year-old Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs), who holds the IBF heavyweight belt, will face the veteran former champion Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs), who will be 41 at the time of the fight, at the 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium in London. This fight, which is also for a WBA title, will be shown live in the U.K. on Sky Sports Box Office and in Germany on RTL, with record viewership likely on each. As of now, both Showtime and HBO are vying for the U.S. TV rights. As part of a world tour to promote this fight, both Joshua and Klitschko held this New York press conference January 31, along with Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, and Bernd Boente of KMG Management Group. The press conference was hosted by announcer Adam Smith of Sky Sports. Some photos from the press conference can be seen here. In addition to speaking with Joshua, Klitschko, and Hearn, we spoke with two media members who were covering this press conference. First was Kristal Hart of "The Kristal Hart Show" on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Next was Bob Carson of "Carson's Corner" on BlogTalkRadio. Besides the fight itself and its boxing context, we discussed why this is the biggest fight in the world this year, and if Anthony Joshua can become the next Muhammad Ali. (Photo of Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko, and Bernd Boente by Ed Mulholland, Matchroom Boxing, K2 Promotions, KMG Management Group.) The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
January 28, 2017 10:44 AM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with lifelong martial artist, former UFC and Battlecade Extreme Fighting matchmaker, TV commentator, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti. Mixed martial arts was drawn into a recent controversy involving Meryl Streep, who John Perretti regards as "the best living actress we have." On January 8, 2017, Streep was presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement during the Golden Globes awards TV show. During her acceptance speech, she strongly denounced the racist, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant program of Donald Trump and defended the arts. She said, "Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you'll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts." It was her statement that sports like American football and MMA "are not arts" that elicited many negative responses from people in the MMA community, and not only from Trump backers. There is perhaps no one better suited than John Perretti to discuss this controversy because of his background. Besides being a pioneer in MMA who developed the name "mixed martial arts" and the basic structure of weight classes and rounds which is still used today, he was a football coach, is a painter and sculptor, and was for a decade a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition, he has extensive film and TV experience, both as an actor, stuntman, and stunt coordinator. He is presently finishing work on his memoirs. To discuss this, we spoke with John Perretti, who is now in Japan, by phone Wednesday Japan time/Tuesday New York time. While at one time he believed that the martial arts were an "art form", he said, "I had no intention of mixed martial arts, including Extreme Fighting ... to ever be more than a great sport. I never thought of it as art at all because I come from a different world. I'm a Martist, in a sense, because I come from a very different place." He continued, "Not all those things that congeal into a sport like it is today, which is different than when I was involved in it, could be said to be artsy." A key difference is the centrality of violence, both for sport and film. "It's hard to separate out mixed martial arts as an art form if it's all about violence," he said. We discussed the devolution of MMA in recent years, especially in the U.S., and the growth of the emphasis on a brawling style of fighting which some have called "professional toughman". Yet even a violent sport can have many artistic elements. For boxing, he said, "The rules make it artistic." We discussed a lot more on these topics, including how to interpet what Meryl Streep might have and might not have meant, kickboxing and leg kicks, art and sports in general including baseball and cricket, and much more. We also open with a commentary on the issue of art and sport, in light of the contributions made by C. L. R. James in what many regard as one of the best if not the best sports book ever written, Beyond A Boundary. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: The Boxing Tribune, boxing's independent media. Unlike every other major boxing website, The Boxing Tribune is not funded or owned by promoters, managers, or networks, and is fully independent and free to write the truth. For independent boxing news and views, go to TheBoxingTribune.com. Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
January 24, 2017 04:49 AM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with the captain of the 2011 Michigan State University wrestling team and current catch wrestler, Curran Jacobs. There has been a lot of discussion about the finish of the January 21 Bellator 170 MMA fight between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen. Sonnen tapped out in the first round to what was said to be a rear naked choke, but a closer look at the actual hold Ortiz had applied says otherwise and shows that it was a neck crank. Infuriatingly, many MMA fans who are ignorant of catch wrestling holds like neck cranks, and whose knowledge is limited to what they know, rightly or wrongly, of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, charged that this showed the match was "fixed" because the winning submission hold was not one which they had seen, a rear naked choke. To discuss all this, we spoke with Curran Jacobs about this by phone Monday. "You hear it constantly right now. 'It was fixed. It was fake. His arm wasn't even sunk. It wasn't even a rear naked choke. He didn't even have a choke,'" he said. "That just proves how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, how popular it is and how heavy it is in the grappling world. And it really, what it really did was show how, it revealed the lack of knowledge people have on catch wrestling. "I was just working out with my gym, Murcielago MMA, today, and all the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guys were like, 'Yeah, that was fake. That was fake.' "And I said, 'Well, let me show you exactly why Chael tapped.' "And I applied the same position that Tito Ortiz had, and it took them less than three seconds and they tapped. "It's a very painful, painful neck crank." Curran Jacobs also posted a video demonstrating this hold, which can be seen here. We also discussed the need to educate people about neck cranks and other catch wrestling holds; why "catch wrestling is BJJ's Kryptonite"; the purposeful downplaying and denigration of wrestling and grappling by many MMA promoters; the second annual Frank Gotch World Catch Wrestling Tournament, which is scheduled for the weekend of July 15, 2017, in Humboldt, Iowa; and much more. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: The Boxing Tribune, boxing's independent media. Unlike every other major boxing website, The Boxing Tribune is not funded or owned by promoters, managers, or networks, and is fully independent and free to write the truth. For independent boxing news and views, go to TheBoxingTribune.com. Skullz Double-End Bags, the perfect bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve timing, distance, and hand and eye coordination. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. For more information, go to SkullzDeBags.com. USA Combat Wrestling, the official U.S. governing body for combat wrestling and U.S. delegate of the International Combat Wrestling Federation (FICW), which was founded by the legendary wrestler Noriaki Kiguchi of Japan. For more information, go to CombatWrestling.us. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
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