Gary Goodridge

Goodridge Experiencing Problems With MFC

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

A little more than a month after signing a multi-fight deal with the Maximum Fighting Championship, Gary Goodridge is already experiencing problems with the organization, specifically it’s owner, Mark Pavelich.

Goodridge expressed his discontent in The Fight Network’s latest “Great Fight North” column.

“I’m having such a problem with Pavelich that I’m not even sure that I ever want to fight for him,” Goodridge said in the article. “He reminds me of an ex-wife. With all the problems that I’m having with this asshole, he will be lucky if I show up there and I fight.”

The biggest problem between the two circles around the fact that Goodridge is currently scheduled to compete twice, against Eric Esch in Yamma Pit Fighting’s co-main event on April 11th and then against Tony Lopez at a King of the Cage event a week later, before his MFC debut.

Goodridge also mentioned that he’s also contemplating accepting a fight with the Korean Martial Arts Federation later this month, creating a very busy schedule for someone that had previously fought sparingly in mixed martial arts over the past few years.

With frustration setting in, Goodridge is now expressing interest in backing out of his contract with Pavelich and company, a move that would be a huge blow to an event where Goodridge’s participation is being heavily advertised.

“I’m so frustrated,” Goodridge said. “I’ve fought everywhere in the world, and I really wanted to fight at home because I wanted to fight in front of my kids. Pavelich is an idiot; he’s hard to deal with, and I’m at the point that I want out of my contract.”

YAMMA Finalizes Card for First Event

Don Frye connects with a right hand against Min Soo Kim in October 2006. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

YAMMA Pit Fighting, a new mixed martial arts organization created by Ultimate Fighting Championship founder Bob Meyrowitz, has announced the complete card for it’s upcoming inaugural event in April.

The event is scheduled to take place on April 11th at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. It will be highlighted by two “masters division” fights and an eight-man heavyweight tournament.

Longtime veterans Don Frye and Oleg Taktarov will fight for the first time in the night’s main event. A bout between kickboxing veteran Gary Goodridge and infamous professional boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch will also take place. An eight-man heavyweight tournament featuring Travis Wiuff and Sherman Pendergarst will proceed the fights.

The complete lineup for the event is below:

Masters Division Fights

Don Frye vs. Oleg Taktarov
Gary Goodridge vs. Eric Esch

Eight-Man Heavyweight Tournament

Travis Wiuff
Sherman Pendergarst
Marcelo Pereira
Rex Richards
Tony Sylvester
Alexey Oleynik
George Bush
Chris Tuscherer

Report: Goodridge-Esch at YAMMA Debut Show

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

A super heavyweight bout between mixed martial arts and kickboxing veteran Gary Goodridge and infamous professional boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch has reportedly been signed for YAMMA Pit Fighting’s debut show in April.

The news comes from a report by Dave Meltzer through his Wrestling Observer newsletter.

The event is currently slated to take place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on April 11th. A “masters division” bout between Don Frye and Oleg Taktarov will headline the card. Goodridge-Esch will likely take place in the same division.

After finding surprising success early on in his MMA career, Esch has now hit a bump in the road, losing his last two fights. He most recently was submitted by Nick Penner at The Fight Club’s inaugural event in December.

Meanwhile Goodridge has become a busy man lately after fighting sparingly over the past few years. “Big Daddy” signed a multi-fight deal with the Maximum Fighting Championship earlier this month and is being advertised as headlining their next event in May.

Touch of gloves to Sam Caplan for the find.

MFC Signs Goodridge to Multi-Fight Deal

Gary Goodridge works some ground and pound against Jan Norte at K-1 Hero’s 8. Photo courtesy of FEG.

EDMONTON – The Maximum Fighting Championship,  is excited to announce its first major signing of 2008.

The MFC, working in conjunction with Gary’s Management Team -  Big Daddy Productions, has inked 2005 K-1 World Grand Prix Hawaii champion Gary Goodridge to a multi-fight deal that will see him make his debut at MFC 16: Anger Management on May 9, 2008 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

That fight will also mark the first time that the Canadian fighting legend, who grew up in Barrie, Ont., will compete on his home soil.

“Gary is a phenom and a pioneer in the world of mixed martial arts. And best of all he is a dangerous, destructive and devastating fighter who is instantly a major force in our heavyweight division,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

“We are very excited to have Gary on our show for his first fight in Canada and it’s a great opportunity for fans across North America via HDNet to see one of the world’s best.”

Owner of 13 knockout victories, Goodridge is ready for a triumphant homecoming.

“Gary’s philosophy is ‘Line ‘em up.’ He wants the top guys right away,” said Dave Wallace, CEO of Big Daddy Productions.

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