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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with Victor Cui, the CEO of ONE Championship.

Only a bit under four years old but already established as both the largest MMA promotion in Asia by far and one of the largest in the world, ONE Championship has another ambitious schedule set for the remainder of 2015 and more plans for expansion in 2016.

To find out the details, we spoke with Victor Cui by Skype Saturday.

“We’ve been able to grow exponentially every year and to really tap the new markets,” he said, noting the support ONE Championship has gotten from sponsors, governments, and media.

“This last half of the year is definitely packed. We announced our next six events,” he said.

So far, this is the schedule for ONE Championship for the remainder of 2015:

ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (SHANGHAI), 1 September in Shanghai, China

ONE: ODYSSEY OF CHAMPIONS, 27 September in Jakarta, Indonesia

ONE: TIGERS OF ASIA, 9 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ONE: BATTLE AT THE GATES, 7 November in Macau, China

ONE: PRIDE OF LIONS, 13 November in Singapore

ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS, 11 December in Manila, Philippines

But wait, there’s more!

“We’ve got several others that I’m going to announce in the upcoming weeks that we’re going to add to that schedule,” he revealed.

“So it’s a busy, busy year for us.”

Their most recent event, on July 18, marked the promotion’s debut in the country of Myanmar. On that card’s main event, ONE Championship’s bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes, who is known as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, successfully defended his belt with a third-round TKO victory against Finnish fighter Toni Tauru, ending the fight with a three-punch combination.

Their next card, on September 1 in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, will see the promotion’s debut in that city, which is both the largest in China and in the world. On that card’s main event, ONE middleweight champion Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan will defend his belt against the unbeaten challenger Vitaly Bigdash of Russia.

We also discussed the organization’s growth, their building of “Asian heroes” and regional and national champions, how they navigated between the government and anti-government rebels in Myanmar, plans to expand to even more countries in Asia in 2016, and much more.

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Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with the writer, web show host, MMA fighter, and wrestler, Antonio Graceffo.

Now in the final year of his studies at the Shanghai University of Sport in Shanghai, China, where he will complete his Ph.D. next year, he also is a teacher and a member of the traditional wrestling (Shuai Jiao) team there.

Born in Brooklyn, known as the “Brooklyn Monk”, and raised in Tennessee, we spoke with him Friday in New York while he was in town.

Among the many things on this trip he has done are training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Matt Serra’s gym in Long Island, training in judo in Long Island, and training in submission wrestling with Sambo Steve Koepfer at New York Combat Sambo. He commented that, based on what he has seen, both in the U.S. and in Asia, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters are much better at newaza or ground fighting than judo athletes.

In Asia, he said, most traditional forms of wrestling emphasize throws from the standing position and have little or no ground fighting.

“All these wrestling forms are dying,” he said.

However, “There’s been a resurgence in interest even in the traditional forms because of MMA.” With more athletes in the lighter weight classes than in the West, many of them have been training in local wrestling clubs to improve their ground skills so they could achieve success in MMA.

We also discussed how most of the grappling tournaments in Asia are dominated by people from BJJ, how catch wrestling is not well developed there, how there are some tournaments which are called catch wrestling but do not have pins, his plans to continue teaching and of course training after he gets his Ph.D., the catch wrestling and self-defense training he saw in Singapore at the Kapap Academy, and much more.

Also, as a follow-up to our previous show, we received the following addition to the comments made in our interview with Larry Hazzard, Sr., the commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board:

“For clarification, I am completely in favor of the Muhammad Ali Act, but I do not believe that Al Haymon has violated the act. I also respect other promoters’ rights to pursue their redress, but I believe that the boxers are benefitting from the PBC and I think that Al Haymon took a very smart approach to reviving the sport. Also, the ABC leadership never discussed this issue with its commission membership before issuing the letter to the U.S. Attorney General.”

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Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with the long-time commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, Larry Hazzard, Sr.

Boxing has been reviving this year, with all-time records being smashed by the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and overall renewed interest in the sport. In addition to an increase in ratings on the mainly premium TV networks which have telecast boxing in the U.S. for many years, the almost weekly shows in the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series on broadcast and non-premium networks have sparked more awareness of the many boxers featured on these shows.

To discuss these developments, we spoke with Larry Hazzard, Sr. by phone Wednesday. And he is very positive about the PBC, giving it a B+ for its efforts so far.

“These guys are being paid handsome purses,” he said, referring to the fighters.

“And it’s just a good thing all around. For the fighter, it’s a good thing all around for the fans, and it’s the greatest thing that has happened to the sport of boxing I would say in the last decade or so.”

We discussed how PBC has mainly featured legitimate competition and many fights resulting in upsets, how the use of free TV has helped bring in new sponsors, how fighters are making more money on PBC shows than they ever have, how the focus of the PBC is on the fighters, and more.

As for the critics of the PBC who are bringing legal action against it, and the statement supposedly from the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) calling for U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the PBC, he minced no words.

“They’re full of shit,” he said of those in the ABC who oppose PBC. “The ABC doesn’t represent New Jersey,” he added.

Accusations of violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act are baseless, he said, which was a law designed to “stop Don King” a generation ago. The charge that PBC, which is not a promotional entity, uses “sham promoters” is also baseless, as long-time and noted promoters like DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing, TGB Promotions, and even Don King Productions have promoted or co-promoted many PBC shows.

The opposition from rival promoters is because, he said, PBC, with its innovative business plan and use of multiple promoters, has “outsmarted so many of these other promoters.” He said he calls PBC “smart business people.” And as far as the ABC, he said, “It’s all a bunch of b.s., and they know it.”

We also discussed what tweaks are needed for the PBC’s television presentation and marketing, the possibility of a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto, the move to revive boxing in Atlantic City, and much, 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.

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American Top Team. Whether you’re a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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(Chavez-Reyes photo by Esther Lin/Showtime. Frampton-Gonzalez photos by Esther Lin/CBS. Photo of Scott Quigg by Lawrence Lustig.)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the fights this past Saturday, July 18, involving Julio César Chávez Jr., Carl Frampton, and Scott Quigg.

In El Paso, Texas, Chávez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs), the son of the Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez, won a lackluster decision over the smaller Marcos Reyes (33-3, 24 KOs). Earlier that day also in El Paso, the unbeaten Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs), the IBF 122-pound champion, survived two first-round knockdowns to win a unanimous decision over challenger Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15 KOs). The Chavez Jr.-Reyes fight headlined a Showtime telecast in the U.S., while Frampton-Gonzalez headlined a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) telecast on CBS in the U.S., and was also shown on ITV in the U.K. and UTV in Ireland.

At the same time as the Frampton-Gonzalez card took place, a major card in Manchester, England, and on Sky Sports in the U.K., featured a fight between the unbeaten WBA 122-pound champion Scott Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) and challenger Kiko Martinez (32-6, 24 KOs). After Martinez seemed to pressure Quigg and win the first round, Quigg came back in the second to drop Martinez twice, resulting in the referee stopping the fight and a TKO win for Quigg.

With talk turning to a Frampton-Quigg super fight or for each fighter to face other opponents, we discuss both the victories and the vulnerabilities of both fighters, as well as those of Chávez Jr.. We also discuss how people in boxing react to vulnerabilities, which obviously everyone has, as well as the vulnerabilities of the sport itself, 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.

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American Top Team. Whether you’re a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Jonathan Cohn, who is involved with the movement to oppose Boston hosting the 2024 Olympics, and is a co-founder and an organizer with NoBoston2024.

We spoke with Jonathan Cohn by phone Sunday.

While the U.S. Olympic Committee is sticking with Boston as its candidate city to host the 2024 Olympics, the latest opinion polls still show that a majority of people in and around Boston oppose this bid. Yet they are not opposing sports or even Olympic sports as such.

“At the community meetings we’ve had, there are many people who have noted that they do like the Olympics and they are very big sports fans, but they don’t want the Olympics here just because of the long history of the corruption and the damage done to host cities,” he said.

“Boston is very much a sports town and people enjoy and are proud of their local teams. But the Olympics increasingly is less about sports than it is about real estate and than it is about, because it’s a money-making opportunity for its corporate sponsors.”

We discussed how the people of Boston and the surrounding region have been kept out of the process of this bid; the lack of transparency of Boston 2024, the official bid committee; how much of this bid is really a “land grab”; how the Olympic Games usually lead to a financial net loss for the host cities and even a decline in tourism; how the massive debts incurred by Greece for hosting the 2004 Athens Olympics were one factor exacerbating that country’s economic and debt crises; how NoBoston2024 has had to use public records’ requests to obtain information on the details of this bid; the powerful use of social media in educating people and organizing people against the bid; 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.

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American Top Team. Whether you’re a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with catch wrestler Luis Ciraiz.

Based in Guatemala, he has been visiting North America the past few weeks on a catch wrestling and grappling tour. He won a championship in the master’s division at the NAGA U.S. Open Championship on July 4 in Winter Park, Florida, USA. Then he traveled to Mike Martelle’s Grizzly Gym in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, to hold a seminar on July 11 as well as a small catch wrestling tournament.

We spoke with Luis Ciraiz by phone Saturday night after the seminar and tournament.

“It was really cool,” he said. “I got to meet many people. It was really awesome to have the opportunity to teach in Grizzly Gym. Actually that is the headquarters of our whole organization around the world.”

For the seminar and tournament, “We had even the Grizzly Gym people from Philadelphia coming over, Professor Allen Chambers and one of his guys,” he said. “We just had a lot of fun.”

We discussed the importance of catch wrestlers entering grappling tournaments like NAGA’s and “doing catch wrestling” to show its effectiveness even under rules where there are no pins and some submissions are not allowed. Many of the people in these tournaments have jiu-jitsu backgrounds, he noted, and are not used to the takedowns and leglocks of the catch wrestlers, as well as the physicality many wrestlers have.

While he will not be competing in this year’s ADCC World Submission Fighting Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 29-30, he noted that this is the “best level of competition” in grappling in the world, and he would like to qualify for this event in the future.

We also discussed how the victories of catch wrestlers like Josh Barnett in martial arts tournaments have helped raise awareness of the value of this sport; how there have been tournaments for the past eight years in Guatemala, including this year’s Let’s Shoot catch wrestling tournament with over 100 competitors; how catch wrestling is actually bigger than jiu-jitsu in Guatemala; his experiences as an undefeated MMA fighter mainly using his grappling techniques, which some promoters don’t like; the need to develop a more standard set of rules for catch wrestling; and much, 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.

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American Top Team. Whether you’re a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the misinformation in the boxing media about this coming Saturday’s PBC on ESPN Thurman-Collazo card; the idiotic over-reporting in the mainstream media about what should have been a footnote with laughter on one of the alphabet soup groups stripping Floyd Mayweather of its belt; the failure of much of the boxing media to notice that this past Saturday’s Jamie Conlan-Junior Granados battle in Dublin was a thrilling fight of the year candidate; and more.

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American Top Team. Whether you’re a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with the multi-time world and national champion arm wrestler Richard Lupkes.

Known as the father of arm wrestling in Minnesota where he lives on his farm, and now 58 years old, he is still actively competing. He will be facing Andrey Pushkar of Ukraine in a super heavyweight match on what will be the first in a series of regularly scheduled cards in Las Vegas under the Professional Armwrestling League (PAL) USA banner.

This four-match card, called “Vendetta in Vegas”, takes place Sunday, July 12, at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be televised on tape-delay in the U.S. on CBS Sports Network and internationally as well.

We spoke with Richard Lupkes by phone Thursday.

While he has an experience advantage on his opponent, Andrey Pushkar, who is just 29, many are asking how his age will affect his performance, especially with each match consisting of a best-of-six rounds format, with only a one-minute break between rounds.

“Well, it’s definitely been getting a lot harder,” he said. “I felt actually really good up to about 54. Now these last four or five years it’s starting to catch up to me,” he said, with a laugh.

“I spend probably two to three hours in a gym. I really enjoy working out with the weights. I don’t practice as much the arm wrestling.”

He said he still does “luckily win some matches here and there. And I know it’s going to be a big uphill grind here against Andrey, but I’m really looking forward to it. It should be an interesting match.”

We also discussed how he trains other athletes in sports like wrestling and football, the potential for arm wrestling to grow in the U.S. as a spectator sport in part because “everybody’s done it”, how arm wrestling is “huge” in Europe with regular TV shows, his recovery from a torn biceps which had sidelined him for several years, 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.

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American Top Team. Whether you’re a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) and former welterweight champion Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs), who fight Saturday, July 11, at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. This fight will be telecast live in the U.S. on ESPN, and will be the first on that network for the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series.

We spoke with both Keith Thurman and Luis Collazo on Tuesday’s media conference call.

We also evaluate the progress of the PBC in the first half of 2015, and conclude that while a number of errors have been made, overall PBC deserves a grade of B or B-, with many more positive accomplishments than negative ones. Still, PBC needs to do more in terms of making stars out of its fighters and creating buzz, as well as utilizing the Internet and social media better than they do now.

While PBC has been running live boxing shows on network and basic cable channels almost every week since March, promoters like Top Rank and Golden Boy, who could not get such exposure despite being around far longer than PBC, have opted to sue PBC, instead of changing their ways. We discuss why these suits are mostly baseless, although the issue of PBC acting as both a promoter and manager for fighters, especially when TV plays such a key role in the business of boxing, will have to be addressed.

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

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American Top Team. Whether you’re a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with Bellator MMA and American Top Team fighter “King” Mo Lawal.

He will be returning to action on the Bellator MMA: Dynamite!!! card Saturday, September 19, in a four-man, one-night light heavyweight tournament to determine Bellator’s number one contender in this division. The other fighters in this tournament are former Bellator champion Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell, and 2008 NCAA Div. I wrestling champion Phil Davis, who will be making his Bellator debut. This card, which is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between unbeaten champion Liam McGeary and MMA legend Tito Ortiz, takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, and will be telecast live in the U.S. on Spike.

We spoke with “King” Mo Lawal by phone Friday.

Speaking about potentially, and in his case hopefully, having two fights on the same card, he said that he became aware of this format “when everybody else did, so it still hasn’t registered yet. I feel like it will register more when camp starts because I have to maneuver my training a little bit more, because I have to train for two fights, not just one five-round fight.”

He continued, “It’s just going to be a little different. I have to break my training up differently, so I’m still figuring out how to do that. But I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m excited there’s a possibility of this happening. To me, I always say ‘possibility’ now, because you never know what’s going to happen until the weigh-ins end. So I’m really looking forward to this happening and I’m looking forward to training for it.”

“King” Mo is also a big boxing aficionado, having trained with Jeff Mayweather as well as many pro and amateur boxers. He follows boxing very closely, so we also discussed the recent revival of boxing, especially in the U.S., and the role of the controversial Al Haymon and the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series of shows on numerous TV networks.

Saying that in many ways boxing is “the opposite of MMA,” he argued that PBC has the “right plan” to build new stars and expose more fans to boxing. Even some of the PBC’s fights in which one fighter is heavily favored do not hurt this plan, as he noted that most boxing fans “want knockouts” and that is what will be displayed on PBC’s many telecasts on free TV.

He also has taken to social media to comment on the series of racist terror attacks on unarmed Black men and women by police and others which have taken place across the U.S., and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement. As an African-American and a son of immigrants, he grew up in the American South, he said, and “I’ve seen it all.” We also discussed why many boxers and athletes in other sports have also been outspoken on these issues, while few in MMA have for fear of losing their fan base.

We also discussed how he is helping the legendary Ricardo Liborio prepare for his ADCC superfight with Mario Sperry, how his health is now better than when he had a nasty staph infection and then was taking antibiotics which hindered some of his performances, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link does not work, please try another.

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The PodOmatic Podcast Player for iOS is available for free 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 free to listen to and is sponsored by:

American Top Team. Whether you’re a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

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