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Fight of the Day: Overeem vs. Goodridge

From Shooto Holland’s “Ultimate Glory 10” event that took place this past weekend, here’s Dutch striker Alistair Overeem going up against fellow former K-1 star Gary Goodridge in his native country of the Netherlands.

Overeem Subs Goodridge in Netherlands Event

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

In his native country of the Netherlands, Dutch striker and highly-ranked heavyweight Alistair Overeem made quick work of fellow former K-1 star Gary Goodridge, scoring a first-round submission of the veteran in the featured attraction at Shooto Holland’s “Ultimate Glory 10” event over the weekend:

In the night’s main event, Overeem forced Goodridge to tap out from a first-round kimura.

Overeem dominated the fight from the opening bell, used knees to force the fight to the ground early, and after damaging his opponent with ground and pound, he worked from side control to secure the fight-ending submission.

Overeem will now likely focus on an upcoming rematch against Mirko Filipovic that is being rumored as taking place at K-1’s Dynamite!! show on New Year’s Eve. Overeem’s first battle against the Croatian ended in a no-contest after Overeem hit Filipovic with multiple knees to the groin that caused him to be unable to continue.

Overeem-Goodridge Possible for October

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Win or lose in his much-anticipated bout against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at DREAM.6 later this month, Alistair Overeem will likely return to his native country of the Netherlands to fight fellow kickboxing and MMA veteran Gary Goodridge this fall according to

The latest edition of Sherdog’s “European Throwdown” suggests that Glory, a Dutch promotion, is attempting to pair the two up for it’s upcoming show on November 11. The event will feature a mix of MMA, Muay Thai, and boxing matches and according to Overeem, will probably feature him as well.

“The fight is 90 percent sure,” Overeem said in the report. “I plan on staying very busy this fall and winter with the upcoming fight against ‘Cro Cop,’ then the bout against ‘Big Daddy’ and a possible battle on New Year’s Eve to top off the year.”

The article also goes on to state that Overeem could easily opt to fight at DREAM’s planned November event instead. Goodridge is currently riding a three-fight losing streak, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Paul Buentello at Affliction’s debut show in July.

Minowa Subs Frye at DEEP’s “Gladiator”

Ikuhisa Minowa. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Ikuhisa Minowa was victorious again in his quest to become Japan’s most successful open-weight fighter, submitting fellow longtime veteran and cult hero Don Frye with a first-round kneebar in the main event of DEEP’s “Gladiator” show this morning at the Momotaro Arena in Okayama, Japan.

After stuffing Minowa’s first takedown attempt, Frye quickly found himself on his back at the start of the bout. Minowa immediately dropped back for a heel hook and locked in the hold, but was unable to force Frye to tap. Minowa eventually switched to a kneebar, which after a few moments, finally forced Frye to give up.

In a team battle between fighters from Korea and Japan, it was Korea that came away with a 4-1 victory. Notable bouts saw UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa drop a unanimous decsion to Chul Hyun Jung while Jutaro Nakao picked up the lone win for the Japanese, defeating Yong Fun Lee via second-round TKO.

Gary Goodridge lost a hard-fought decision to Hiromi Amada in the first of four K-1 rules bouts. Jan Nortje scored a stoppage of PRIDE veteran Tom Erikson in another.

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Goodridge Tapped to Face Buentello

Paul Buentello. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Longtime veteran and mixed martial arts pioneer Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge has been cleared by the California State Athletic Comission as a replacement opponent for former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello at tomorrow night’s Affliction: Banned show in Anaheim.

Greg Savage of was able to confirm Goodridge’s participation with CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia. The part-time K-1 kickboxer was in-shape and in California for an event in San Diego that ended up being cancelled. His bout against Buentello is not yet official however. Both fighters are required to weigh-in at 2 PM ET tomorrow.

Goodridge is currently riding a two-fight losing streak, most recently dropping a lackluster unanimous decision to Terroll Dees at an Iroquois MMA Championships event in June. His last victory was a TKO win over Jan Nortje at K-1 Hero’s 8 in March of last year.

Buentello’s original foe, Aleksander Emelianenko, was forced off the card earlier this evening after failing to receive medical clearance and meet licensing requirements. It’s also been confirmed that although Justin Levens and Ray Lizama are indeed slated to compete at a catch-weight of 187 lbs, Levens failed to make weight (he came in at 189 lbs) and will be docked part of his purse.

Frye-Minowa Signed for DEEP in August

Don Frye exchanges punches with Yoshihiro Nakao. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Longtime fan-favorite Don Frye will return to action when he takes on colorful Japanese veteran Ikuhisa Minowa, who will continue his open-weight fighting quest at a scheduled DEEP event entitled “Gladiator” on August 16th in Japan.

The organization announced the event earlier today.

Frye quickly picked up his first win of this year back in January, scoring a first-round knockout of Bryan Pardoe in the main event of a NoLimit Fighting show in Dallas. Despite noticeably falling off talent-wise as he approaches the twilight of his career, Frye has only lost once in his last six fights.

Meanwhile Minowa has strugged as of late, losing three out of his last four bouts. His only win was a submission of former professional baseball player Bum Chan Kang at DREAM’s inaugural event in March. He most recently lost an unanimous decision to Taiei Kin at DREAM.2 in April.

Additional bouts announced for the card include Daijiro Matsui vs. Eun Soo Lee and a K-1 rules bout between Gary Goodridge vs. Hiromi Amada.

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Evening News and Notes: April 24, 2008

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M-1 Global has announced the launching of a mixed martial arts-based reality show that will center around former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

“Fighting Fedor” will involve sixteen heavyweights from all over the world traveling to Russia to live and train with the Red Devil Sport Club. The fighters will apparently compete against each other in a tournament-style format and the winner will have the chance to fight Emelianenko and pretty much face near-death in the process.

Additional details as well as the list of cast members is expected to be announced shortly.

DREAM Dropped by TBS; Picked up by HDNet?

DREAM live events have reportedly been dropped from the Tokyo Broadcasting System’s lineup due to lackluster ratings. The organization’s inaugural event only drew an 8.9 percent rating average in primetime, which is considered dismal by Japanese standards.

The network will air DREAM’s April 29th event on tape delay one week after the event takes place. It will be the last event the network airs. SkyPerfecTV pay-per-view will then assume duties of airing DREAM events for the future.

However what is Japan’s loss might be the United States’ gain according to our friends at, who report that tomorrow night’s episode of “Inside MMA” on HDNet will feature some interesting news regarding the FEG-owned promotion and the digital cable network.

Yvel-Overeem Scrapped

A bout between Dutch strikers Alistair Overeem and Gilbert Yvel scheduled to take place this Saturday at the K-1 European Grand Prix has been scrapped due to Yvel suffering a left calf injury during a recent training session. The fight was the only MMA bout slated to happen on the card, which will pan out at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands.

“Last Thursday during a training session with Mirko Cro Cop, I suffered an injury which was diagnosed as torn muscle fiber in the hospital,” Yvel explained Thursday at a news conference according to “Even after two days of absolute rest and with lots of ice on the leg, I was barely able to stand on my left foot.”

It is unknown if a replacement opponent will be found in time for Overeem.

Cole Replaces Goodridge at “Anger Management”

IFL veteran Wayne Cole will replace an injured Gary Goodridge against heavyweight Eric Pele at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s upcoming “Anger Management” show on May 9th according to The Fight Network.

Goodridge was forced to pull out of the main event bout due to a recently suffered back injury. Goodridge suffered the injury during a recent training session and will be required to undergo surgery to repair the the sciatic nerve in his lower back.

Goodridge Withdraws from MFC in May

Gary Goodridge stops Jan Norte with strikes at K-1 Hero’s 8 in March 2007. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Gary Goodridge has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Eric Pele at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s upcoming “Anger Management” show on May 9th due to a recently suffered back injury.

The promotion announced the news concerning Goodridge’s injury in a press release earlier this morning.

Goodridge suffered the injury during a recent training session and will be required to undergo surgery to repair the the sciatic nerve in his lower back.

“Big Daddy” was also slated to face infamous professional boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show earlier this month but was not cleared by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board after being knocked out by Mu Bae Choi on March 30th.

“It’s disappointing that he won’t be fighting but we will find a very suitable replacement immediately,” said MFC President Mark Pavelich. “Gary told me that he still expects to attend the show and that he hopes to be able to fight in the MFC later this year.”

Smith Back to Replace Goodridge in YAMMA

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It’s been another drama-filled week for Ultimate Fighting Championship founder Bob Meyrowitz and his new YAMMA Pit Fighting venture.

Just days after the organization attempted to finalize it’s inaugural card with the addition of longtime veterans Ricco Rodriguez and Mark Kerr, another late change has taken place.

The promotion announced today that Gary Goodridge, who was slated to take on former boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch, will not be permitted to fight per the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which requires a medical suspension of at least 30 days following a fighter’s knockout loss. Goodridge was put to sleep by Mu Bae Choi this past weekend.

Coming back into the fold to replace Goodridge will be Patrick Smith, who was recently pulled from the card after recently being arrested following a high-speed chase involving police in Bryant County, Oklahoma. Smith was to replace Don Frye against Oleg Taktarov.

Smith reportedly reached speeds of upwards of 130 MPH on his motorcycle. The 44-year-old was charged with felony attempting to elude to police, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, and reckless driving.

Frye was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Taktarov after suffering a shoulder injury during training. He will now be required to undergo surgery but will be at the show to do commentary on the pay-per-view broadcast.

The trouble may not be over yet though. Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that the NJSACB has yet to approve a co-main event between Kerr and Taktarov. Kerr is currently still under indefinite suspension by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation after failing pre-fight tests before a scheduled bout against Sean O’Haire last year according to Sherdog.

MFC Announces Ford-Fernandes, Goodridge-Pele

Ryan Ford. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford will continue his ascent towards the Maximum Fighting Championship’s welterweight title when he puts his perfect record on the line against C.J. Fernandes at MFC 16: Anger Management on Friday, May 9 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

Ford ran his record to 5-0 with a second-round submission victory over UFC veteran Pete Spratt at MFC 15: Rags to Riches and now he has the opportunity to get within short range of a shot at the MFC’s 170-pound championship.

“It’s a great chance for me to get one step closer to the title belt that I’ve wanted since I started in this sport,” said Ford. “I made Pete Spratt tap out and he’s fought for more than nine years. I’ve been in mixed martial arts for nine months.

“I was born for this sport. My destiny is to be a champion. C.J. Fernandes is a wall standing in my way and just like Pete Spratt and everyone before him, I’m going to bust a hole in that wall and walk right through.”

Fernandes is an accomplished veteran with a 12-6-3 record who has fought a number of top rivals including former UFC champion Dave Menne, The Ultimate Fighter: Season 4 competitor Chris Lytle, and UFC veteran Yves Edwards. He’s found a new life in MMA by joining the H.I.T. Squad team anchored by legendary fighter and former UFC champion Matt Hughes.

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