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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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June 12, 2019 01:09 PM PDT
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the upcoming June 15 fight between heavyweights Tyson Fury of the U.K. (27-0-1, 19 KOs) and Tom Schwarz of Germany (24-0, 16 KOs). This fight headlines a card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be shown live in the U.S. on the ESPN+ app and in the U.K. on pay-per-view on BT Sport Box Office. Among the topics are why this fight is happening now, how it reflects the needs and plans of ESPN and Fury's co-promoter Top Rank, the ongoing soap opera in the quest to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and much, much more. We also got some comments from Tyson Fury, Tom Schwarz, and promoter Bob Arum on Monday's 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: The Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
June 02, 2019 05:02 PM PDT
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the upset TKO victory by Andy Ruiz Jr. over Anthony Joshua Saturday, June 1, at Madison Square Garden, to capture three of the four major heavyweight belts. Many mysteries remain as to why this upset occurred, and these as well as what may happen next and what this means for the future of the heavyweight division are explored, plus much more. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA.) 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 Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
May 23, 2019 02:26 PM PDT
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman busts up the many myths being peddled in the media about how Deontay Wilder's knockout performance against the hapless Dominic Breazeale this past Saturday, May 18, made him into some type of major star. Also discussed is the future of the heavyweight division, the upcoming fight on June 1 of unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua against Andy Ruiz Jr., and much more. (Photo of Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale from Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions.) 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 Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
May 08, 2019 10:03 AM PDT
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. His long-awaited autobiography and memoir has recently been released. It is called The Origin Of A Species and Mixed Martial Arts. We spoke with him by phone Tuesday. This book covers so many topics and so much territory that we had to limit our discussion, which for this show was about one hour and 20 minutes long, just to subjects related to the martial arts, combat sports, and of course mixed martial arts, a term which he first coined. But John Perretti's life and interests included so many other areas, including the arts and history in general, and also how they are related to the martial arts and combat sports, that a thorough examination of all of them would be impossible in one sitting. For that you are strongly encouraged to purchase and read this book, which is a must-read, especially for those concerned with the past, present, and future of the martial arts and combat sports, their real history, and what should be kept and discarded in all of them. In particular, since so much of the media devoted to the martial arts and combat sports is controlled by various corrupt promoters, the actual role of John Perretti in them has been, to use his term, largely "redacted from MMA history". We thus put out a challenge to those in the media who are sincere about understanding and truthfully reporting on and analyzing the martial arts and combat sports to follow our lead and interview John Perretti and review his book. We discussed how his experiences as a boy were key to developing his passion for the martial arts and combat sports, how he devoted himself to finding out just what worked and what didn't in real life in them, his introduction to grappling and Gene LeBell, how he developed the basic framework and format of modern mixed martial arts in Battlecade Extreme Fighting, his one-and-done but historic grappling show called The Contenders, his trying to position MMA as a sport and not a spectacle, his exit from MMA, the role of his old gym called Madison Avenue Muscle, the health problems he has today resulting from a lifetime in the martial arts and combat sports, and much, much, 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 Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
April 17, 2019 12:26 PM PDT
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments on the fallout from Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller's reported positive PED test, previews the April 27 Regis Prograis-Kiryl Relikh World Boxing Super Series 140-pound tournament semifinal fight, speaks with amateur boxer Bruce Carrington, discusses the many woes from one of the worst weekends in televised boxing, and once again calls out the destructive role being played by the many mutually exclusive TV and streaming deals and paywalls that fleece the fans and keep top fighters from fighting one another. 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 Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
April 09, 2019 07:39 AM PDT
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the Claressa Shields-Christina Hammer women's middleweight unification fight. On Saturday, April 13, the 24-year-old Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) of Flint, Michigan, USA, who holds the IBF, WBA, and WBC belts, faces the 28-year-old Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) of Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, who holds the WBO belt and is the WBC "Champion in Recess", never having lost that belt. The winner will be recognized as the undisputed women's middleweight champion of the world. Shields has also held the IBF and WBC super middleweight belts, and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. This fight will headline a card taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will be the main event of that card televised live in the U.S. on Showtime. We spoke with both Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer at a February 26 news conference in New York. Both gave their views on what they each see as their advantages in this fight. We also spoke with Jill Diamond of the WBC and World Boxing Cares on the advancement in recent years of women's boxing. And we discussed why this is an important fight and what to expect in it with our colleague Kristal Hart, who was shooting video for her show, the Kristal Hart Show. 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 Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
February 18, 2019 05:54 PM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the new Tyson Fury-ESPN-Top Rank agreement, what it says about and means for boxing and its TV and streaming deals, why not to expect the Fury-Wilder rematch any time soon, and why now the June 1 fight at Madison Square Garden between WBA super, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua of the U.K. (22-0, 21 KOs) and challenger Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller of the U.S. (23-0-1, 20 KOs), which will be on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports Box Office in the U.K., is the biggest fight in heavyweight 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: The Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
February 04, 2019 02:19 AM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents the second part of our two-part interview with former MMA fighter and pro wrestler Angel Amoroso. We spoke with her Sunday, January 27, in New York. In part two of this interview, we discussed: more on the early history of women's MMA; the role of pioneer fighter Becky Levi; working together on the wrestling scenes in the fantasy short film "Marquis de Slime"; dominatrix wrestling at the old Hellfire Club in New York and how this was "more ridiculous than ECW"; the importance of social media and how Angel and I re-connected after many years; worked and strange fights in early women's MMA; 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 Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
January 29, 2019 06:41 PM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with former MMA fighter and pro wrestler Angel Amoroso. We spoke with her Sunday in New York. This is the first of a two-part interview. Angel Amoroso is one of first people I interviewed in person, sometime in the early 1990s at a time neither of us can recall. She was then performing in ECW pro wrestling, but it was not long after that both of us exited that scene. She would then continue as a mixed martial arts fighter, as well as running her own business in what is sometimes known as apartment wrestling. In part one of this interview, we discussed moving over from pro wrestling to MMA, changes in MMA over the years, the important roles played by John Perretti and Phyllis Lee in MMA, Angel's crazy experience in her 1998 MMA fight with Yumiko Hotta in L-1 in Japan, the issue of trans fighters in MMA, the devolution of today's MMA into "junior boxing", the use of MMA and martial arts techniques as self-defense, and much more, with much more to come in part two. 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 Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
January 23, 2019 11:14 AM PST
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discussed the upcoming fights with WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman, and Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix finalists Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianenko. Also discussed is the latest development in the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal and how the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is handling it. For an analysis of Saturday's Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner fight, make sure to read my debut article on Hannibal Boxing, called The Long Con: Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner. Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) returns to action Saturday, January 26, after a 22-month layoff due to injuries, against journeyman Josesito Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs), on a PBC card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will be televised live in the U.S. on Fox and in Spanish on Fox Deportes, and in the U.K. on ITV4. We spoke with Keith Thurman on Tuesday's media conference call. Also on Saturday, January 26, Bellator MMA has a card at The Forum in Inglewood, California, which will be shown in the U.S. live on TV on the Paramount Network and streamed on DAZN. We spoke with both heavyweight tournament finalists, the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, and current Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, on last week's media conference call. Last not far from least, we got a question in on the WADA media conference call announcing the next steps in dealing with the Russian state-sponsored doping program. 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 Catch Wrestling Alliance, resurrecting and promoting the sport of authentic catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance provides tournaments, seminars, and training as well as education about catch wrestling. Join the movement and keep real wrestling alive. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.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. Thanks, Eddie Goldman EddieGoldman.com
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