On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman continues our series of interviews with world champion grapplers from the 2009 FILA Grappling World Championships, held December 12-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
We spoke with Tori Adams, who won gold medals in the 67 kg/147 lbs. no-gi women's and open no-gi women's divisions; Raphael Davis, who won a gold medal in the 96 kg/211.5 lbs. no-gi men's division for the second year in a row; Sara McMann, an Olympic and world silver medalist freestyle wrestler who won a gold medal in the 63 kg/138.75 lbs. no-gi women's division; Jessica Aguilar, who won a gold medal in the 59 kg/130 lbs. no-gi women's division; Tom LeCuyer, who won a gold medal in the 66 kg/145.5 lbs. no-gi men's division; and Zach Makovsky, who won a gold medal in the 60 kg/132 lbs. no-gi men's division.
We not only discussed their grappling victories and future plans in grappling and wrestling, but also their attitudes to mixed martial arts.
We also open with a discussion of the latest study linking concussions with brain damage and dementia in American football, and how that might affect mixed martial arts, grappling, and boxing.
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