Goodridge explains why he walked out of MFL fight


When news first broke that UFC veteran Gary Goodridge stood up former The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 contestant Tom Murphy  for their MFL fight this weekend in Montreal, rumors started circulating about why "Big Daddy" walked out of the arena minutes before the main event bout. spoke with Goodridge last night and the MMA veteran explained why he went AWOL Saturday night.

According to 44-year-old Barie, Ontario, Canada resident, the event's promoter, Dirk Waardenburg promised to pay him double what the commission was to be told he made for the fight, with 50 percent to be paid in cash prior to the bout and the remainder to be paid via check after the event.

When Waardenburg continued to make excuses all night why he couldn't pay yet, Goodridge says he confronted the promoter about their agreed upon financial terms that were not met and he was told that because of poor attendance, he would only get 20 percent and could take it or leave it.

"All night I kept asking [Waardenburg] where my money was and he kept saying he couldn't pay me because there were too many people around. I was like, 'Why can't we go into a bathroom or something?' you know? Finally, I'd had enough and I talked to him just before they were about to announce the fight and I told him I wasn't going out there unless he paid me," Goodridge recalls. "He gave me 20 percent of what he promised me and he told me he couldn't afford to pay me the rest. I handed it back to him and I told him I wasn't going to fight unless they came up with all of it. "

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michaelkaras site profile image  

12/2/10 3:21 PM by michaelkaras

that being said, fighters need to get legitimate contracts upfront so at least its enforceable and not his word vs the other guys word.

michaelkaras site profile image  

12/2/10 3:20 PM by michaelkaras

this.if the promotion has any expectations of getting more fighters and growing, you better pay your fighters first and try to make a better gameplan for yourself cant screw the fighters and expect things to be OK, especially with a big name fighter like gary goodridge.

MrHenson site profile image  

12/2/10 1:44 PM by MrHenson

^ doesnt matteru pay the ppl then u eat your loss. not get paid and make fighters eat a loss

jpm995 site profile image  

12/2/10 11:27 AM by jpm995

Can't really blame Gary, it's his choise to make. I think a lot of fighters would have taken the money and fought anyway rather than waste the training time and effort they already put in. It's hard to speculate when we don't know much actual money was involved. It's a tough spot for the promoter to if the attendance is poor, i know people love to hate on the promoters but i doubt he intended to screw the fighters, the show just flopped.

Macedawgg site profile image  

12/2/10 4:21 AM by Macedawgg

 So presumably, this was a highly billed fight, with "secret" compensation.  Yet another reason this practice is illegal, by law, in boxing in the United States.  In MMA--it's all good.

MrHenson site profile image  

12/2/10 12:04 AM by MrHenson


jacktripper site profile image  

9/28/10 12:08 PM by jacktripper

i blame DFW

The Alaskan Assassin site profile image  

9/28/10 12:01 PM by The Alaskan Assassin

The Money wasn't right. So it was game over. You can't blame Gary.

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

9/28/10 8:00 AM by ABE FROMAN

Nobody wants to hear about your baggage fuckhead, don't try to add this goofy overhead. It was a simple statement and it had a simple meaning.