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Fight Opinion Radio: Episode 36 (History in the making)

By Zach Arnold | December 16, 2006

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Simply put, an amazing near 3-hour show this week. With the many history-making events taking place this week in MMA, our show this week creates a complete, comprehensive look at the events that occured to make it such a newsworthy time period in Mixed Martial Arts.

First, a complete recap of the Ultimate Fight Night event from San Diego.

Second, a complete review of UFC purchasing both the WEC and WFA with special guest Dave Doyle from, author of the weekly MMA column The Weekly Tapout.

Third, we have an extended analysis segment on the latest Japanese MMA politics surrounding both Emelianeko Fedor & Mirko Cro Cop.

Fourth, the FOR crew provides an extensive breakdown of the CBS 60 Minutes TV segment on MMA that aired last Sunday. Jeff Thaler explains what the Zuffa Myth is in full detail (he is the man who coined the now-famous term). We play audio clips from both Eddie Goldman’s radio show and Bryan Alvarez’s radio show discussing the 60 Minutes segment.

Fifth, we have a comprehensive review of both the Cage Rage & Cage Warriors events that took place in the uK over the weekend w/ special guest Mike Farrow of A very good segment breaking down the UK scene and what to expect in 2007 from this market.

Sixth, the FOR crew reads your letters that you sent in for our mailbag segment. Both positive and negative mails are read on the air and responded to. Is the WEC going to be a feeder system for UFC? Should UFC have Top 10 ranking lists for each weight class category? Why is the PRIDE NYE event perceived to not be a strong card? We provide the answers.

Last but not least, we have the world-famous grab bag. The CSAC suspends Josh “The Punk” Thomson for a t-shirt deemed offensive. A war is breaking out between politicians and MMA supporters in Louisiana over whether or not the state should allow MMA to be sanctioned. The state attorney general and the son of a former supporter of Cowboy Bill Watts says no. How will this explosive situation end? The Gracie Fighting Championships event in Miami, Florida on January 20th is a major event that could fly under the radar of a lot of people. And what do the traditional American sports writers think of MMA? How do you respond to these journalists? Discussion on all these topics, plus a preview of next week’s Christmas show.

You can check out our new MySpace monster account at The army of readers is growing quickly!

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The 36th edition of Fight Opinion Radio is now online and available to download. Here are your options for listening to the show:

Broadband (MP3) | Dial-up/Streaming

Or you can use the great flash player to listen to it streaming (without having to use an external program). Check it out (down below).

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With the listenership for Fight Opinion Radio dramatically increasing week by week, we definitely could use your financial support for the Fight Opinion project. If you want to contribute to us in a way that directly helps us out with our web server costs, you can donate directly to our web host – A Small Orange. Please help us out. I will personally contact you and give my sincere thanks if you make a donation.


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