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Entertainment entrepreneur and gaming industry stalwart Ed Fishman is the guest on this episode of Carson’s Corner.

The main topic of discussion between Ed and Bob was the state of MMA, particularly in Las Vegas, in light of the drastic economic downturn in the United States. Few people are in a better position to comment on this topic. Ed Fishman is a legend in the gaming industry, a recognized personality in MMA and a man who knows a thing or two about Las Vegas and about money. He’s the perfect person to analyze the documented problems that the Vegas casinos, particularly the Station Casinos, are going through.

They also touch on some other topics of interest, including the sale of PrideFC to Zuffa, Fishman’s possible involvement in future MMA ventures and more.

After the interview, Bob discusses an alleged altercation involving boxing trainer Freddie Roach, Brock Lesnar’s strange behavior, Justin McCully’s upcoming fight and other topics that will have you on the edge of your seat.

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran.

His next fight will be a highly-anticipated title defense against top contender Patrício “Pitbull” Freire in the main event of the Bellator 123 card. It will take place Friday, September 5, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on the territory of the sovereign nation of the Mohegan Tribe. This fight, along with three other main card fights, will be televised live in the U.S. on Spike TV.

We spoke with Pat Curran July 30 at a Bellator media day at Dave and Buster’s in New York.

This fight will be a rematch from their first battle, which took place at Bellator 85 on January 13, 2013, in Irvine, California. Curran won that fight by a split decision, successfully defending his featherweight belt.

“It should have been unanimous, in my opinion,” he said, “but this time I want to make sure to not leave it in the judges’ scorecards. And I want to go out there and make a point, prove to him that I’m a much better fighter, and take him out as quick as possible.”

Noting that both he and Pitbull are known primarily as strikers, although both have strong grappling backgrounds, he said that in this fight, “I want to keep it standing.” He also expects to “outwork” his opponent and for the fight to go to the later rounds.

We also discussed the many judging controversies in MMA; his training for this fight with Team Takedown in Arlington, Texas; his experience coming up through the Bellator tournament system and rising from being a little-known fighter to a champion; what he expects from new Bellator president Scott Coker; why he would not want to fight in any more tournaments; and more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link does not 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:

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.

The Liberty Bell Classic / King of Catch Wrestling Tournament, presented by the North American Catch Wrestling Association and Scientific Wrestling. In this tournament, you can only win by pin or submission, with no points. It all takes place Saturday, August 30, at Primal Gym, 231 Bakers Basin Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648. For more information, go to KingOfCatchWrestling.com.

Scientific Wrestling, igniting a revolution in grappling based on the pursuit of traditional Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling. Our people are legitimate Scientific Wrestling practitioners united around training, competition, innovation, grueling physical conditioning, camaraderie, and the sharing of reliable resources. For more information, go to ScientificWrestling.com.

Snake Pit U.S.A., whose primary mission is to breathe new life into real catch-as-catch-can wrestling and help lead the catch wrestling revolution for martial artists and those pursuing recreational training and fitness alike. For more information, go to SnakePitUSA.com.

The Catch Wrestling Alliance, a catch wrestling promotion that works with the highest level catch wrestlers from around the world with the goal of reviving the great sport of catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance organizes catch wrestling sporting events, and its primary organizer is Dr. Raul Ramirez. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.com.

Takedown Wrestling Media, America’s wrestling TV and radio shows, which are hosted by founder Scott Casber, and have been airing on radio and Internet for over 17 years. Takedown Media produces a weekly TV program seen in 54 million homes in the U.S. on DirecTV, Dish Network, and cable affiliates around the country, called Takedown TV. Takedown Media also produces the weekly USA Wrestling TV show for the governing body of the sport, USA Wrestling. For more information, go to TakedownRadio.com.

Thanks, Eddie Goldman
EddieGoldman.com

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with former top heavyweight boxing contender Jameel McCline.

Known as “Big Time” and standing 6′ 6″, he retired from boxing in 2012 at the age of 42 with a record of 41-13-3 with 24 KOs.

Now he is running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Congress in the 20th Congressional District in Florida.

His chief opponent in this primary is the incumbent, the 77-year-old Alcee Hastings, who has represented the 20th Congressional District since 1993. The primary will be held Tuesday, August 26.

We spoke with Jameel McCline by phone Tuesday evening.

“It’s definitely a different genre from boxing, but I’ll tell you, it’s still who I am. I’m fighting for the least, the lost, and the left out,” he said.

“When I was fighting for myself and my family, I represented redemption, I represented survival. And now I fight for those who are looking to be redeemed. I fight for those who are looking for survival. So that’s why I’m running for the United States Congress in the 20th District.”

He did say that there are some similarities between running for public office and boxing, especially in terms of the stamina that is needed. But the issues he is highlighting are more general.

Saying that the incumbent Rep. Hastings has done little for his district, he said they need more federal funds, especially for jobs. At the same time, he said that Broward County, where he is located, has the highest amount of “wrongly convicted” people in the state of Florida.

We also discussed how he entered professional boxing with no amateur career, how that was a factor in preventing him from achieving even more in the ring, how he would support the formation of a federal or national boxing commission and actually be its “poster boy” as a member of Congress, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link does not 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:

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.

The Liberty Bell Classic / King of Catch Wrestling Tournament, presented by the North American Catch Wrestling Association and Scientific Wrestling. In this tournament, you can only win by pin or submission, with no points. It all takes place Saturday, August 30, at Primal Gym, 231 Bakers Basin Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648. For more information, go to KingOfCatchWrestling.com.

Scientific Wrestling, igniting a revolution in grappling based on the pursuit of traditional Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling. Our people are legitimate Scientific Wrestling practitioners united around training, competition, innovation, grueling physical conditioning, camaraderie, and the sharing of reliable resources. For more information, go to ScientificWrestling.com.

Snake Pit U.S.A., whose primary mission is to breathe new life into real catch-as-catch-can wrestling and help lead the catch wrestling revolution for martial artists and those pursuing recreational training and fitness alike. For more information, go to SnakePitUSA.com.

The Catch Wrestling Alliance, a catch wrestling promotion that works with the highest level catch wrestlers from around the world with the goal of reviving the great sport of catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance organizes catch wrestling sporting events, and its primary organizer is Dr. Raul Ramirez. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.com.

Takedown Wrestling Media, America’s wrestling TV and radio shows, which are hosted by founder Scott Casber, and have been airing on radio and Internet for over 17 years. Takedown Media produces a weekly TV program seen in 54 million homes in the U.S. on DirecTV, Dish Network, and cable affiliates around the country, called Takedown TV. Takedown Media also produces the weekly USA Wrestling TV show for the governing body of the sport, USA Wrestling. For more information, go to TakedownRadio.com.

Thanks, Eddie Goldman
EddieGoldman.com

The enigmatic Keith Sutton is this week’s guest on Carson’s Corner.

Keith Sutton has trained with the best and has the respect of some of the game’s most well-known fighters. Listen to this show and you will hear Keith discuss his time training at the RAW Training Center in California, his time working alongside Mac Danzig and John Marsh as a bouncer, coming up through the ranks with Jason Maxwell, teaching himself to grapple by videotape, learning from Mikey Burnett and much, much more. You will find out the real back story on the “Team Tolerance” internet hype and get Keith’s thoughts and views on a number of UFC fighters.

This week’s episode provides a great chance to get to know a very talented fighter who has a mature perspective on MMA. You will gain a great deal of respect for Keith Sutton when you hear this interview.

In addition, Bob provides coverage of UFC 82, EliteXC’s big move to CBS and answers listener email.

Ashe Bowman joined Carson’s Corner to discuss his Legends of MMA Hall of Fame.  According to many MMA legends, Legends of MMA is considered the “real Hall of Fame”, as it does not exclude fighters on the basis of personal bias, as some feel the Zuffa Organization does.  Despite negative articles from Sherdog, Ashe is pushing forward and trying to fully legitimize Legends of MMA as the number one MMA Hall of Fame in the world.

Ashe also went in depth about the legendary Lion’s Den tryouts, and some Lion’s Den greats, like Ken Shamrock, Guy Mezer, Tra Telligman, Mikey Burnett and more. All in all, this was a great interview the likes of which you will never hear on the Zuffa approved corporate media.

 

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Josh Barnett.

Although he has competed for many years, and still competes, in MMA and various styles of grappling, Josh Barnett primarily considers himself a catch wrestler.

That was particularly evident at the Metamoris 4 grappling event on August 9 in Los Angeles, where he submitted two-time ADCC world champion Dean Lister with a head-and-arm choke with just seconds remaining in their 20-minute, submission-only, no-gi match.

To discuss the significance of this match, and the overall growth of catch wrestling, we spoke with Josh Barnett by phone Friday.

Discussing the finish of the match, he said, “We just call it a head-and-arm. Erik Paulson [his coach] likes to call it the Mark Coleman or fat man choke.” He also explained why this hold is not mainly about power and weight but is about “finesse,” and is most effective after riding an opponent for some time.

This match was arguably the most discussed online of all the matches at the Metamoris 4 event. His successful use of catch wrestling techniques to dominate and then submit such an accomplished grappler as Dean Lister, even under no-gi grappling and submission-only rules, tremendously raised the prestige of catch wrestling among the entire grappling and combat sports communities.

“This match has done more for catch than even any of my fights in the last five years have really done,” he said.

“The grappling community is a fairly strong, tight-knit group, and on that night there was a lot of high-level grappling technique and matches being put on” involving many of the greatest grapplers in the world, he added.

He then noted about his match with Dean Lister, “Even though we’re both very high-level guys and great athletes at what we do, our match didn’t resemble anybody else’s match.”

As for himself, while he plans to compete in many different events, he said, “I’d love to compete in a straight catch wrestling event.” He said that catch wrestling today does “have a good amount of momentum,” but a lot more needs to be done to advance this revived sport. He recommended more seminars, involving more wrestlers in them and the existing tournaments, and more consistency with the holding of these catch wrestling events.

A key area in growing catch wrestling is increasing the involvement of wrestlers who already have backgrounds and accomplishments in other, related styles, such as American folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling. He said he is already involved in helping train these types of wrestlers in catch wrestling, while they still compete in these other styles.

Another important observation he made was about the wrestling community. Although catch is a style of wrestling and laid the basis for the development of American folkstyle and freestyle wrestling, today it is the jiu-jitsu community which shows “more interest” in catch than the wrestling community. Thus, increasing the involvement of the wrestling community in catch is essential for its growth.

We also discussed the need for more consistent posting of videos of catch wrestling matches, how the black trunks he wore in this Metamoris match were a tribute to his coaches, what catch needs to do in order to regain its place as a popular spectator sport, what some of his immediate plans are, and much, much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link does not 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:

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/.

The Liberty Bell Classic / King of Catch Wrestling Tournament, presented by the North American Catch Wrestling Association and Scientific Wrestling. In this tournament, you can only win by pin or submission, with no points. It all takes place Saturday, August 30, at Primal Gym, 231 Bakers Basin Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648. For more information, go to KingOfCatchWrestling.com.

Scientific Wrestling, igniting a revolution in grappling based on the pursuit of traditional Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling. Our people are legitimate Scientific Wrestling practitioners united around training, competition, innovation, grueling physical conditioning, camaraderie, and the sharing of reliable resources. For more information, go to ScientificWrestling.com.

Snake Pit U.S.A., whose primary mission is to breathe new life into real catch-as-catch-can wrestling and help lead the catch wrestling revolution for martial artists and those pursuing recreational training and fitness alike. For more information, go to SnakePitUSA.com.

The Catch Wrestling Alliance, a catch wrestling promotion that works with the highest level catch wrestlers from around the world with the goal of reviving the great sport of catch-as-catch-can wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance organizes catch wrestling sporting events, and its primary organizer is Dr. Raul Ramirez. For more information, go to CatchWrestlingAlliance.com.

Takedown Wrestling Media, America’s wrestling TV and radio shows, which are hosted by founder Scott Casber, and have been airing on radio and Internet for over 17 years. Takedown Media produces a weekly TV program seen in 54 million homes in the U.S. on DirecTV, Dish Network, and cable affiliates around the country, called Takedown TV. Takedown Media also produces the weekly USA Wrestling TV show for the governing body of the sport, USA Wrestling. For more information, go to TakedownRadio.com.

Thanks, Eddie Goldman
EddieGoldman.com

Heavyweight
1.  Vitaly Minakov (Bellator Champion)
2.  Damian Grabowski (M-1 Global Champion)
3.  Marcin Tybura (M-1 Global)
4.  Alexander Volkov (Bellator)
5.  Kenny Garner (M-1 Global)
6.  Magomed Malikov (M-1 Global)
7.  Sergei Kharitonov (M-1 Global)
8.  Andrei Arlovski (WSOF)
9.  Cheick Kongo (Bellator)
10. Satoshi Ishii (IGF Champion)

Other Contenders: Ryan Martinez (Bellator), Karol Bedorf (KSW Champion), Mike Russow (WSOF), Blagoi Ivanov (Bellator), Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (ProFC)

Light Heavyweight
1.  Emanuel Newton (Bellator)
2.  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Bellator)
3.  Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (Bellator)
4.  Attila Vegh (Bellator Champion)
5.  Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (DEEP Champion)
6.  Viktor Nemkov (M-1 Global Champion)
7.  Mikhail Zayats (Bellator)
8.  Mike Kyle (WSOF)
9.  Vladimir Matyushenko (Bellator)
10. Jason Jones (BAMMA Champion)

Other Contenders: Luiz Cane (SFT), Christian M’Pumbu (Bellator), Roger Gracie (Free Agent), Paul Buentello (Legacy FC), Moise Rimbon (Dare)

Middleweight
1.  Alexander Shlemenko (Bellator Champion)
2.  Mamed Khalidov (KSW)
3.  Yushin Okami (WSOF)
4.  Maiquel Falcao (Oplot)
5.  Ramazan Emeev (M-1 Global Champion)
6.  Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (M-1 Global)
7.  Jay Silva (KSW)
8.  Michal Materla (KSW Champion)
9.  Brett Cooper (Bellator)
10. Doug Marshall (Bellator)

Other Contenders: Dan Cramer (Bellator), Eun Soo Lee (ROAD FC Champion), Kazuhiro Nakamura (DEEP Champion), Jesse Taylor (WSOF), Elvis Mutapcic (WSOF)

Welterweight
1.  Ben Askren (ONE FC)
2.  Douglas Lima (Bellator)
3.  Steve Carl (WSOF Champion)
4.  Rousimar Palhares (WSOF)
5.  Rick Hawn (Bellator)
6.  Josh Burkman (WSOF)
7.  Jon Fitch (WSOF)
8.  Paul Daley (BAMMA)
9.  Aslambek Saidov (KSW Champion)
10. Yasubey Enomoto (Fight Nights)

Other Contenders: Andrey Koreshkov (Bellator), Nobutatsu Suzuki (ONE FC), Michael Page (Bellator), Shamil Zavurov (Bellator), Ryan Ford (WSOF)

Lightweight
1.  Eddie Alvarez (Bellator Champion)
2.  Michael Chandler (Bellator)
3.  Shinya Aoki (ONE FC Champion)
4.  Musa Khamanaev (M-1 Global Champion)
5.  Justin Gaethje (WSOF Champion)
6.  Will Brooks (Bellator)
7.  Naoyuki Kotani (ZST Champion)
8.  David Rickels (Bellator)
9.  Vuyisile Colossa (ONE FC)
10. Saad Awad (Bellator)

Other Contenders: Kotetsu Boku (ONE FC), Isao Kobayashi (King of Pancrase), Ramazan Esenbaev (IGF), Kuniyoshi Hironaka (Shooto Champion), Lowen Tynanes (ONE FC)

Featherweight
1.  Daniel Straus (Bellator Champion)
2.  Pat Curran (Bellator)
3.  Georgi Karakhanyan (WSOF Champion)
4.  Patricio Freire (Bellator)
5.  Shinya Aoki (ONE FC)
6.  Kazunori Yokota (DEEP Champion)
7.  Caol Uno (Shooto)
8.  Koji Oishi (ONE FC Champion)
9.  Daniel Weichel (Bellator)
10. Daniel Romero (Shooto)

Other Contenders: Matt Bessette (Bellator), Hiroyuki Takaya (Shooto), Diego Nunes (Bellator), Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (Bellator), Marat Gafurov (M-1 Global Champion)

Bantamweight
1.  Bibiano Fernandes (ONE FC Champion)
2.  Marlon Moraes (WSOF)
3.  Eduardo Dantas (Bellator Champion)
4.  Joe Warren (Bellator)
5.  Masakatsu Ueda (ONE FC)
6.  Soo-Chul Kim (ROAD FC)
7.  Marcos Galvao (Bellator)
8.  Kevin Belingon (ONE FC)
9.  Luis Alberto Nogueira (Bellator)
10. Shintaro Ishiwatari (King of Pancrase)

Other Contenders: Cody Bollinger (WSOF), Rafael Silva (Bellator), Yuta Sasaki (Shooto), Tyson Nam (WSOF), Anthony Leone (Bellator)

Flyweight
1.  Ryuichi Miki (Shooto Champion)
2.  Shinichi “BJ” Kojima (ONE FC)
3.  Tatsumitsu Wada (DEEP Champion)
4.  Haruo Ochi (DEEP)
5.  Kentaro Watanabe (Shooto)
6.  Nam Jin Jo (ROAD FC)
7.  Mikihito Yamagami (Shooto)
8.  Yasuhiro Urushitani (ONE FC)
9.  Alexandre Pantoja Passidomo (Shooto Brazil)
10. Yuki Motoya (DEEP)

Other Contenders: Kiyotaka Shimizu (King of Pancrase), Adriano Moraes (ONE FC), Hideo Tokoro (Shooto), Dileno Lopes (Shooto Brazil), Yosuke Saruta (Shooto)

Junior Flyweight
1.  Mitsuhisa Sunabe (King of Pancrase)
2.  Rambaa Somdet (PXC)
3.  Shinya Murofushi (Shooto Champion)
4.  Junji Ito (Shooto)
5.  Yuki Shojo (Shooto)
6.  Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito (Shooto)
7.  Tadaaki Yamamoto (Shooto)
8.  Noboru Tahara (Pancrase)
9.  Hiroyuki Abe (Pancrase)
10. Tatsuya Yamamoto (Shooto)

Other Contenders: Gilberto Dias (Shooto Brazil), Jun Nakamura (Shooto), Akihito Sasao (Shooto), Masayoshi Kato (Shooto), Ryosuke Tanuma (ZST Champion)

2008 55kg Freestyle Olympic Champion Henry Cejudo will make his MMA debut on March 2nd, 2013

Jon Jones: Black UFC Champion

Contributed by Fightsport.net Correspondent Destro

The case of Jon Jones serves to once again remind us of a particular nasty element engrained in the marrow of the MMA body: widespread anti-black racism amongst the fan base. Anti-black racism in MMA is nothing new, it has existed since the foundation of the sport in the early 1990‘s. A time when black men dominated the premiere combat sport of boxing. Racist white males who had a lust for blood sport sought an alternative to boxing, one in which they could root on a winning fighter who shared their same skin pigmentation. This being unheard of in boxing at the time, they drifted towards MMA, where the lesser caliber of athlete and fighter resulting from a lack of monetary incentive meant that white fighters were not only competing at the highest levels of the sport, they were dominating it. Fast forward to the year 2012 and not much has changed. Anti-black racism is simmering white hot beneath the surface of a thin veneer, and it boils its rank bile over any time a black athlete finds success in the cage.

Jon Jones is the epitome of what the average insecure and frustrated racist MMA fan hates about the sport; A young and clean cut black man who bucks all stereotypes while dominating every challenger to the gold around his waist. The venom hurled at Jon Jones has seen a surge since his refusal to accept a fight with Chael Sonnen on less than two weeks notice after his original challenger, Dan Henderson, withdrew due to a knee injury. Even UFC president Dana White has joined in on the anti-Jones hate fest, saying that he is “disgusted” with Jon Jones’ refusal to fight Sonnen on short notice. White would then go on to criticize Jones for not endearing himself to the MMA fan base more effectively. One cannot expect Jon Jones to win over the hearts and minds of a fan base which has gained the notorious reputation of harboring the most staunchly racist bigots within its ranks. So much so in fact that the largest white racist website on the internet, Stormfront, has but one sport with its own dedicated section, and that sport is MMA.

Furthermore, what kind of president publicly berates a prize fighter for refusing a new challenger in a championship fight on less than two weeks notice? Its bad enough to put the fighter in that position in the first place, but to then attack him for making the wise decision to refuse the fight takes things to a level of malice that is borderline hateful. When a fighter is subjected to racist hatred from a fan base, there is a problem, but when the president of the organization joins in on the bash fest, there is a cancerous disease that must be addressed.

One might wonder why a company would not only tolerate, but passively encourage, rampant racism to flood its fan base. Well, the answer is within the question itself; the fan base. Young white males dominate the majority of UFC fans. Zuffa has tried and failed to crack the Hispanic and Asian markets, so the fact remains that they are stuck with a majority white consumer base. As mentioned previously, this base from its inception was created by the racist desire to see white combat athletes victorious. Many of the young white males who watch the UFC harbor insecurities which compel them to root for white fighters, and it makes business-sense for Zuffa to feed this desire, and rake in the profits off it. So as long there is money to be made in pandering white fighters to a white audience, Zuffa will continue.

The racist fueled treatment of Jon Jones is but the newest example in a long and rotten history of anti-black racism in MMA, a history that so many want to marginalize and ignore. We saw it with Rashad Evans, and before him, Rampage Jackson. We’ve seen it with Melvin Guillard, with Bob Sapp, with Cheick Kongo, the list goes on. The white hooded elephant in the room of MMA has become a raging menace that is threatening to destroy what little integrity the sport has managed to cling to over years of mismanagement from the Zuffa brass. It must be proclaimed with thunderous indignation that no longer will racism of any magnitude be tolerated in the name of leeching dollars and cents from a bigoted fan base into the pockets of race pimping Zuffa big wigs.

Dana White: Mad Again

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