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.”
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