No Holds Barred: Scott Coker and Bob Carson on Cyborg-Carano and Strikeforce

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reviews the August 15 Strikeforce mixed martial arts card in separate interviews with Strikeforce founder and CEO Scott Coker, and with our colleague and correspondent Bob Carson, who is also the host of the Carson’s Corner podcast (

In the main event of a thrilling card, and the most important fight in the history of women’s mixed martial arts, Cris "Cyborg" Santos scored a brutal TKO over Gina Carano at 4:59 of the first round before a packed, enthusiastic crowd of 13,524 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and shown in the U.S. on Showtime. Cyborg thus won the new Strikeforce women’s 145-pound belt. Also on that card, Gegard Mousasi, in his U.S. debut, won his 13th consecutive fight and the Strikeforce light heavyweight title by destroying defending champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral at just 1:00 of the first round by a TKO.

We discussed with Scott Coker what at this early stage we can expect the next moves of Strikeforce to be with their star fighters, including Cris "Cyborg" Santos and Gegard Mousasi, and the top heavyweight and pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko.

We next analyzed with Bob Carson the fights on this card, and explained why Strikeforce does such a good job as a mixed martial arts promotion. We also criticized the coverage of the August 15 Strikeforce card by much of the so-called mixed martial arts "media", which approached it largely like it was a version of the fake pro "wrestling" or some type of beauty pageant involving female fighters Cris "Cyborg" Santos and Gina Carano. And we emphasized that despite more limited resources than some others, Strikeforce now has the top men’s mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, the top women’s mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Cris "Cyborg" Santos, and the top rising star mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Gegard Mousasi.

Both these interviews are candid and direct, and you do not want to miss them.

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