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“Ask Gary” #3: Hard Hitters, Mistaken Identity, and Booty


(The splash of green on the far right edge of the photo? That’s Susie. Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly)

Editor’s note: Yeah, it’s been over a month since Gary has graced us with his presence; long story, but it’s our fault, not his. Please forgive us for the delay. If you have any burning questions for the next installment of “Ask Gary,” please submit them in the comments section below, and catch up on his past columns here and here.

By Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge

‘zaman fu’ asks: Please tell us some crazy stories about your sister.
Susie and I have always been really close and most fans would be familiar with seeing her in photos or post-fight ring celebrations. Throughout her life, Susie’s had a number of different boyfriends and, most of them, I didn’t like. The only men who I ever liked have been her husband and the man that she’s with right now. I’m sure there is an entire biography that can be written based solely on crazy stories about my sister Susie. She’s a party animal. Anytime I went to a fight, she would party enough for the both of us. I’d always go back to my hotel room and she’d go out to party with the fighters and fans. Needless to say, she’s got the skinny on everybody.

‘DARKHORSE06′ asks: Dear Gary, How come you never got paid what you deserved? Why were people always ripping you off? And why was it so hard to save? Not to push any buttons.
Hindsight is 20/20. Each one of us has our own life to live. Nobody makes all of the right choices at the right times. I’ve done both good and bad things but when all is said and done, I’m the one living my life. I’ve learned not to spend too much time worrying about how other people think they may have lived my life. Everybody gets ripped off and I’m no different. Old guys like us may have gotten taken advantage of sometimes but it’s nothing to whine about. Hopefully the new fighters can benefit from our experience by learning to watch their back and pay attention to what’s going on. Don’t let people make decisions for you. Make decisions for yourself and be careful who you give your trust to.

‘danomite’ asks: Who, out of all the people you have fought, hit the hardest?
You never even feel the people who hit the hardest because they just put you to sleep. I’d say that Fedor is one of the hardest hitters because he put me to sleep and I didn’t even feel a thing. Heath Herring also put me on Queer Street; a lot of people don’t give Herring the credit he deserved as a fighter but I’m telling you, he hits very hard. It’s very important for people to understand that just because somebody knocks you out, doesn’t necessarily mean they hit hard. It just means they hit you correctly, meaning you’re not breathing at the proper time or you don’t clinch your jaw at the right time. There’s a lot of guys who can hit hard but to be honest, no one personal really stands out. I was always prepared for the guys who hit hard so nobody ever really caught me off guard. I always did my research on my opponents and would train accordingly.


(Goodridge vs. Herring, Hero’s 4, 3/15/06)

‘danomite’ (again) asks: What do you think about Zuffa being the only big organization left?
Zuffa’s been treating everybody really well but the only problem with only having one player on the block is that it looks like a monopoly. Zuffa is cleaning up and doing what they need to do by taking the market share away from as many competitors as possible. And you know what? Good for them. You cannot blame them for making decisions in the best interest of the company. Now that Zuffa’s number one, other people are out to take a piece of their pie. The industry is starting to learn that if they are going to get any piece of the pie that Zuffa has been baking, they can’t be greedy and try to take more than their share.

jimbonics’ asks: How often are you mistaken for Gilbert Yvel?
‘danomite’ (wow) asks: Which black athlete or movie star do you get mistaken for most often? My money is on LT (Ladainian Tomlinson, not the other guy)
I always get mistaken for Rampage. Rampage Jackson and I go back a long way and we’ve had many conversations regarding how often we get mistaken for each other. We’ve hung out a lot together and we always have each other’s back. Rampage married a Japanese woman at the same time that I was thinking about marrying a Japanese woman. Rampage and I both know how to entertain the fans as arena celebrities; however, we are also very personable and approachable to individual fans. Both of us have been fighting our entire lives and have developed strong wills. We’ve always had the same attitude towards the sport and he’s always been my brother in this difficult sport.

‘SnackDaddy’ asks: Tits or ass?
Anybody who knows Big Daddy knows that I’m “Ass all the way, ass all day.” I love big booty.

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SmellMyTriangle- June 9, 2011 at 8:52 am
LOL @ RwilsonR, best comment on the post. Good read CP; GG seems like a funny down to earth fellow. I'd let him punch me.
ArmFarmer- June 9, 2011 at 5:11 am
Wow... this comments section is full of awesome. Well done fellas.
Jawbreaker_46- June 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm
Gary, You answered the question about who hit the hardest, how about kicks? What did it feel like to get kicked by Pat Barry?
J. Spaceman- June 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm
I was going to ask you where I could get an Ed Hardy Bikini for only $23 but it looks like linlijunpp answered that one for me.
RwilsonR- June 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm
Is it possible to go faster than the speed of light? Is it more of a possibility if I'm tripping on LSD at the time?
The_Dead_Cow- June 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Is that Carl "The Mailman" Malone on the right?
macreadysshack- June 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Do I have to be black to be as awesome as you? Is there a way that I can be as awesome, or nearly so, and still be white? I've often thought that if I had Africa blood instead of Viking blood I might have been a cooler person like Rampage, you or Gary Coleman and less like of a douchy stick in the mud like Brock Lesnar, Barnett or other surly red-bearded take themselves too seriously jerks. Don't answer that. It doesn't make any sense and I am actually ashamed that I wrote it. Not so ashamed that I won't submit this bitch, tho. Helllloooo, Vi-king . . .
Smackdaddiest1- June 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm
This is a great feature CP....Much better than taking up for cunty reporters and slobbing on Jon Jones' taproot.

For Gary, "In your career, who did you enjoy defeating the most? Either because of a rivalry or because you felt like at the time it was a landmark victory for you."
RwilsonR- June 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Is it the size of the boat, or the motion in the ocean?
scabby.arm- June 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Gary,

What is your opinion of TUF?
intercept440- June 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Gary, why do hot bitches slap me when they say hello and im looking at their tits, and they are wearing a deliberatly lowcutnippletastic, almost nipple showing t-shirt??? i mean, im getting mixed signals here, can ya help a brother out? oh and that one time one of them tried to kick me in the jimmy, when all i did was read the lettering on her ass pocket , granted i was only like 2 inches away from her ass with my face, but hey bro i didnt have my glasses on
intercept440- June 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Mr. Goodridge...i am also an ass connosiour, who in your most humble opinion, has the best ass in the ufc, britney palmer, or britney palmer, ya see what i did there? ive already chosen.. your turn
KingZipperhed- June 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Man frank mir was fat when he was a kid but he has a very nice jewfro though
RwilsonR- June 8, 2011 at 11:17 am
Sorry for the trick question - we all know it is Alex Trebeck.
RwilsonR- June 8, 2011 at 11:16 am
Most important Canadian ever - John Candy or Jim Carrey?
J. Spaceman- June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am
Why were you hanging out with Jonah Hill? Was he like your Steven Seagal?

Speaking of Steven Seagal, have you ever trained with him? If so, great trainer? Or the greatest trainer?

But seriously, what do you think about all the hype surrounding him lately? Is there something there? Or is it, as many people have speculated, a ploy to get Brazilians interested in MMA?
J. Spaceman- June 8, 2011 at 11:07 am
I’ve got a friend from Trinidad and I can’t understand a goddamn thing he says. If I spell it out phonetically, can you translate for me?
Bob Villa- June 8, 2011 at 10:58 am
Would you ever fight Rousimar Palhares? If so, what do you have against your lower limbs that you would put them in such a precarious position?
RwilsonR- June 8, 2011 at 10:47 am
What do you think about some of the crazy diets fighters are trying, or some of the strange things they do that they feel help them (like Machida drinking his own pee)? Do you have any strange rituals or habits that you think give you an edge in training or in a fight?
Bob Villa- June 8, 2011 at 10:44 am
Will you send me a shirt or autograph or somethin for my birthday? Or an autographed shirt?
RwilsonR- June 8, 2011 at 10:41 am
Most people probably assume your nickname comes from your love of all things Adam Sandler, but I am thinking it has more to do with you being a big, confident black man who knows how to take control of a situation and put a hurtin’ on people when they get out of line. Am I on to something with that?
RwilsonR- June 8, 2011 at 10:40 am
Anderson Silva has been very successful in this sport, but don’t you think he is just a smaller, thinner, gayer, more Brazilian version of you?
agentsmith- June 8, 2011 at 10:38 am
"Tits or ass?"
These are exactly the kind of hard-hitting questions that I expect from the lot of you. That's not a criticism.
RwilsonR- June 8, 2011 at 10:32 am
^^^ Or was that the reason for the almost.....?
NotReadyStatus- June 8, 2011 at 10:20 am
"You said you almost married a Japanese lady, but that you are all about the booty – how do you reconcile the two?"

Ooooooooh! Seconded!
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