Gary Goodridge denied license to fight

by Jesse Holland | source: mmamania.com
 

Former PRIDE FC and K-1 star Gary Goodridge was not cleared to fight by the Indiana State Athletic Commission and will no longer face Ron Sparks at the upcoming MMA Big show event "New Dawn" set for the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana, on Saturday, January 9.

The decision to not license Goodridge was made after "Big Daddy" was obliterated by rising star Gegard Mousasi in the first round of their bout at the 2009 FieLDS Dynamite!! event on New Year's Eve in Japan.

It marked the fifth straight defeat for the aging veteran.

In fact, MMA Big Show owner/promoter Jason Appleton has decided to pull the remainder of the professional bouts after the loss of his main event but will continue with the amateur-only card.

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Mark Dorsey site profile image  

1/8/10 12:59 PM by Mark Dorsey

 Sick ass highlight

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1/8/10 12:58 PM by Mark Dorsey

 Great new article from Cage Potato ary Goodridge Is Looking For a Job When I was in Tokyo for the New Year's Eve Dynamite!! show, I couldn't help but notice that Gary Goodridge seemed like a man who didn't really want to be fighting.  He was added to the card at the last minute, matched up against Gegard Mousasi in a fight the promoters obviously didn't intend for him to win.  His last MMA fight was in November of 2008.  He hadn't won one since his 2007 K-1 Heroes bout against Jan Nortje.  So what was he doing fighting "Sweet Sassy" on a few days' notice? The answer, Goodridge told me when I spoke to him for an SI.com article this week, is surviving.  He was getting paid the only way he knows how, though he wishes he didn't have to. "I’m trying to get a job, period," said Goodridge. "My background is in security, police, corrections. I went to school for four years at a college level to learn how to beat people properly. I would love to be a bodyguard, whatever. I’m just looking for a job." Goodridge spent all of 2009 staying out of the fight game and looking for steady work.  When the call came offering him the fight with Mousasi, he still hadn't found anything and his bank account was "drying up."  Naturally, he took the fight, even though he already one scheduled in MMA Big Show for the following weekend (his TKO loss in Japan resulted in the Indiana commission refusing to license him for that bout).  He was in reasonably good shape, he says.  His weight and cardio were on target, even if his speed and timing might not be.  He knew why the promoters were bringing him in, but what could he do? "I was going broke looking for a job," he said. "I got a load of bills that need paying. When I got the call I thought, 'Thank God.' Now I can pay some bills." As Goodridge points out, he may be a household name from his time in Pride (he knocked out Oleg Taktarov in the first Pride event) or his early appearances in the UFC, but back then fighters weren't making much money.  He'll be fourty-four years old in a couple of weeks.  He can't go on fighting much longer.  But because that's what he's spent the last fourteen years of his life doing, he doesn't have much else on his resume.  Goodridge said he enjoyed the trip to Japan, which was like going back in time for him, only this time he knew enough to appreciate all the little things.  Now that he's had that experience, he'd like to get out of the business.  All he needs is for someone to give him a job. 

Mark Dorsey site profile image  

1/8/10 12:55 PM by Mark Dorsey

ttt for the outing of the Big Show.

Mark Dorsey site profile image  

1/8/10 12:55 PM by Mark Dorsey

Got a name I can look up? I like Gary's prospects in this fight :)  

subgrappler83 site profile image  

1/8/10 11:37 AM by subgrappler83

 I have herd nothing good about big show. Everything from dirty mats to some of my teammates having there opponent switched several times the day of weigh ins......

LUKE ZACHRICH1 site profile image  

1/8/10 10:34 AM by LUKE ZACHRICH1

I have fought for jason four times. The first three were good. The last one was terrible. I will never fight for him again. The last time the scale was broke and I had to cut an extra 4lbs. The event before that I had my opponent switched 5 times. I never even got to fight, because they wanted to switch it a sixth time 15 mins before the fight, I said no and did not fight. One of my 155 fighters fought a guy who had a private weight in, and had to cut to make 178. His teammate accidentally slipped that to me at the buffet. He left Kentucky to get away from Athletic commissions.haha that sounds about right

Timothyk site profile image  

1/8/10 10:08 AM by Timothyk

I have fought for jason four times. The first three were good. The last one was terrible. I will never fight for him again. The last time the scale was broke and I had to cut an extra 4lbs. The event before that I had my opponent switched 5 times. I never even got to fight, because they wanted to switch it a sixth time 15 mins before the fight, I said no and did not fight. One of my 155 fighters fought a guy who had a private weight in, and had to cut to make 178. His teammate accidentally slipped that to me at the buffet. He left Kentucky to get away from Athletic commissions.

BabyZeus site profile image  

1/8/10 9:08 AM by BabyZeus

I hope Gary moves on and finds something less hazardous to his health. He and his sister and truly great people.

TUFF-N-UFF site profile image  

1/8/10 8:39 AM by TUFF-N-UFF

 No matter what the other pro fighters were getting paid, this seems unfair to them to cancel their fights because of Goodridge not getting licensed.

Jm11071980 site profile image  

1/8/10 8:28 AM by Jm11071980

I wish Gary the best in life and in health.