No Holds Barred: Fisti Cuffs of Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Women Gains and Setbacks in Combat Sports

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again discusses the sport of roller derby, the fastest-growing sport in America, and speaks with Fisti Cuffs, co-captain of the Manhattan Mayhem of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby (

In a brutal bout with numerous penalties and ejections held Saturday night, August 8, at Hunter College in New York, the Bronx Gridlock topped the Manhattan Mayhem by a score of 99-75. This was the final regular season game for both teams, with Bronx finishing with a record of 3-0 and Manhattan 2-1. These two teams will meet once again in the Gotham Girls Roller Derby league championship November 21.  The final 2009 regular season league game will be on September 26, when the Brooklyn Bombshells take on the Queens of Pain.

We spoke with Fisti Cuffs at the conclusion of this game.

We begin the show by discussing a number of other stories involving women in the combat sports. The International Olympic Committee has officially announced that women’s boxing will be included in the 2012 London Olympics, and we discuss the significance of that. We talk about the many obstacles facing the expansion of women’s wrestling in the Olympics, where only four weight classes are contested. And we also discuss a report of a complaint filed by numerous American women wrestlers against USA Wrestling alleging abuses, injustices, and discrimination against them which led them to leave the Olympic Training Center ( governing.html).

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