Gary Goodridge: MMA Pioneer Sits Down for an Exlusive Interview

By Ed Kapp

A true pioneer of mixed martial arts in every sense of the word, when Gary Goodridge retired from the fight-game in January—turning the page on both his 14 year tenure as a mixed martial artist and his over-decade long professional kickboxing career, hardcore fans of combat sports everywhere took note.

Arguably as well-travelled as anyone on the professional mixed martial arts or kick-boxing circuits, Goodridge, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago but has lived in Canada since age seven, has fought in 15 different nations since making his professional debut in 1996, including bouts across Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

So, you’re officially retired from mixed martial arts?

I’m officially retired from fighting—it’ll take a hell of a lot of money to get me back in the ring throwing punches at somebody.

So there is a chance that you’ll be back in the ring some day?

I hope not.

You hope not?

Yeah, I’ve had enough. I did what I can do and really, now, I’m just going out strictly for the money and looking like a joke. The old Gary Goodridge—I’ve kind of lost that in terms of running after money. I’ve got to stay out of it in order to let people remember who I am and where I came from.

 

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One Response

  1. Sounds like he is retired for good.

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