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.

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