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“Ask Gary” #4: Defending GSP, Crying Over Leg Kicks, and Losing Via ‘No Apparent Reason’


(The good old days — when men were men and briefs were shiny.)

Hello to all of my Cage Potato friends and thanks again for your interest and questions. It’s been a busy 2011 so far and things are only looking better from here. Thank you for the wonderful night before UFC 129 in Toronto. To those who missed it, there was a Cage Potato: Banned party that week and I had the opportunity to meet many loyal readers and Cage Potato “Big Wigs.” As you may know, I’ve reached a different stage in my career and I hope to provide you with more honest insights into many of the things that I’ve learned. I’m pleased to be black by popular demand. Ask away for my next column. Also, add me on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog www.bigdaddyfightteam.com.

All the best and Happy Humping,
Gary Goodridge

‘Bob Villa’ asks: How do you feel about all the lay and pray we’ve been subjected to lately? What do you think about guys like GSP who seem to fight not to lose and never go for the finish?
You’re asking the wrong guy because I always went for the finish. I think just lying on top of somebody is just crap and ridiculous. However, when fighters start doing that they pay the price because the promotions are not going to bring you back. You already know I like Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben; I also like a lot of the U.K. fighters like Dan Hardy because they always provide entertaining fights.

GSP is a different animal though. He is a champion. He doesn’t have to finish these guys. They have to finish GSP. His job is to keep his belt any way that he can because the belt means prestige and, more importantly, money. If I were him I would use every fibre in my body to walk away with the belt. I never won a championship beyond the International Vale Tudo Championship so I was never in a position to have to try and retain my belt. I was the guy who tried to shatter the myths of others fighters as champions.

People need to understand that guys like GSP are facing the top competition in the world every fight. There is no room for a mistake. It may not look like he’s doing much but trust me, he is.

‘bgoldstein’ asks: At PRIDE 11, you gave Yoshiaki Yatsu one of the most savage beatings I’ve ever seen in my life. Why did PRIDE book a rematch of that fight the next year? Did you feel bad accepting it?
No, I didn’t feel bad about accepting it at all. Why would I feel bad? If he wanted to take the fight again, who am I to turn him down? I will say that nobody can ever question Yatsu’s heart. In fact, it you ever see a Yatsu watch next to a Timex, pick the Yatsu because guaranteed it’ll take a licking and keep on ticking.


(Goodridge vs. Yatsu, 10/31/00. The brutal finish begins around the 9:40 mark.)

‘RWilsonR’ asks: What injury have you sustained that has hurt the worst? Randy Couture said he has never felt pain like a broken orbital bone. Do you have an especially painful injury story?
I have never felt pain like I did when Musashi gave me my first taste of a legitimate leg kick. If you watch the fight you can see that I can’t even stand. My nerves weren’t used to receiving those types of strikes and I didn’t know how to defend against them. After that fight, I went straight to the dressing room and cried for a long time. I didn’t even know why I was crying because it didn’t stop the pain. But I had never felt anything like the leg kicks in K-1.

‘NotReadyStatus’ asks: I have seen you listed as repping Canada and/or Trinidad-Tobago. Which Country do you feel is more “Big Daddy’s”?
This is an odd question for me because I don’t consider myself very patriotic. I say I’m Canadian though because I’ve been here for over 40 years of my life. Canada is my home. All of my family is here expect one of my sisters who lives in Jamaica. My mother is very patriotic. She chose to bring her family here for a better life. I know she’s similar to other immigrants in that she sees herself as more Canadian than many people who were born here. Out of all of the places in the world, this is where she chose to come. As far as I’m concerned, promoters can say I’m from wherever they want me to be from. That type of stuff never bothered me.

‘RWilsonR’ (again) asks: What’s the story behind your fight with Mario Neto? It says you lost via Submission (No Apparent Reason) on Sherdog.
I have a hard time remembering this fight and a lot of people tend to bring it up. All I can say is that I was exhausted. It was early in my career and I didn’t know how to train properly. People ask me how I didn’t know that I needed cardio…I just didn’t know. None of us knew anything. At that point I didn’t have the mental fortitude that fighters need in order to surpass that point of exhaustion. I was exhausted and I couldn’t defend myself so I didn’t want to stay in there and take more damage.

‘LOKI’ asks: Did you ever turn down a fight for any reason that in retrospect you wish you had taken?
No I never turned down any fights in my life. Only when I got married. Take that as you will ;)

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Sagiemonster52- June 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm
What do fighters eat after they cut all that weight? You always hear the announcers say "he's coming in 20lbs heavier than his opponent"- how can that be? I know its mainly water weight. There has to be some voodoo magic trick to gain it all back in a day.
RwilsonR- June 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm
What do you think of fighters like Cheik Kongo who consistently blast other fighters in the nuts several times? That's just not cool, right?
RwilsonR- June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm
Is Russell Brand actually funny, or is it just the accent that everyone thinks they are supposed to laugh at?
RwilsonR- June 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm
Is there anything worth watching on BET? I mean, the only programming I even recognize are the worst movies Eddie Murphy has ever made... and he has made some really bad movies.
RwilsonR- June 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm
How do you think your boy Rampage is gonna do against Jon Jones? What do you think his best strategy is to win?
RwilsonR- June 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm
If you weren't black, what other race would you most like to be?
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rpn452- June 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Good stuff as usual. Thanks, Gary.
parchy mcthirst- June 24, 2011 at 11:02 am
Sherdog claimed that Goodridge apparently had to take a shit during his fight with Neto. Hence, he forfeited/submitted, so he could go defecate. Perhaps, that was that a different fight?
RwilsonR- June 24, 2011 at 8:08 am
Was Don Frye's chest hair kinda chaffing in that picture above?
RwilsonR- June 24, 2011 at 8:04 am
Would you take a fight with James Toney, and how do you think that fight would go?
Fried Taco- June 24, 2011 at 7:47 am
What do you think of that stupid Axe ad that pops out and starts playing music whenever you accidentally mouse over it? BTW, do you have a regular sized mouse, or do you have a special larger size to fit your big paws?
intercept440- June 24, 2011 at 7:33 am
does it irk you that shaq has a superman tattoo on his arm like you do? and why superman? when you was young was you a fan of comic books?
FeelDaRiddum- June 24, 2011 at 7:09 am
do you regret taking a fights?
Trouser Snake- June 24, 2011 at 7:07 am
What do you mean bad CP. That was all Big Daddy.

Gary,

Have you ever had any strange pre fight rituals? Any sort of food you like to eat before a fight? I know when I was wrestling I used to eat a handful of cashews before a match. Just cause it felt right.
Barnaby Jones- June 24, 2011 at 7:04 am
I bet if you released all the answers to all the questions at once I wouldn't have this dissapointed feeling right now. Just saying.
ExpectJesusBro- June 24, 2011 at 6:39 am
"I’m pleased to be black by popular demand" bad CP... baaaad.
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