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Gary Goodridge Diagnosed With Early Onset Pugilistic Dementia

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(Everyone head over to Gary’s Twitter and wish him the best of luck.) 

Some really sad news today, Potato Nation. It is being reported that none other than MMA/kickboxing legend and regular CP columnist Gary Goodridge has been diagnosed with early onset CTE/pugilistic dementia at the age of 46. Goodridge, who built a reputation for his hard hitting style and aggressive attack, has fought an incredible 84 times since beginning his professional career in 1996.

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is brain damage that stems from repeated blows to the head, and is a common occurrence amongst boxers, football players, and hockey players for obvious reasons.

Though the outlook is grim for “Big Daddy,” Goodrige says he wouldn’t change a thing in hindsight. But perhaps a little surprising is the fact that he places most of the blame on his K1 career.

You get the news you just have to deal with it, live with it. There’s no treatment that goes along with it. There’s pills to make it slow down the process, but it’s inevitable.

I have no regrets. I love the way I live my life, I mean I would like to make little changes, but no, I have no regrets. I loved the way my life was, I lived a good life, and I’m happy with what I did. 

I would like to share with people, but I think most of my damage came from K-1. MMA really wasn’t an issue because there’s hardly any shots to the head. 90-percent of my injuries came from K-1, where there’s nothing but head trauma, head injuries over and over again.

Goodridge recently released an autobiography titled Gatekeeper, and plans on traveling to Australia to perform a kickboxing seminar in the near future. We’d like to wish Gary the best of luck, and will keep you informed as more details become available.

We’ve added a highlight reel of Mr. Goodridge, courtesy of Sherdog, below.

-J. Jones

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Fried Taco- February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm
BTW, did you know that wearing the Free CP t-shirt and agreeing to be a guest CP columnist were factors in the doctor's diagnosis?
BaghdadBob- February 15, 2012 at 10:17 am
Damn. Good luck to the man. He's one of the few adults on this earth who can wear a gi and still look cool.
Fried Taco- February 15, 2012 at 7:29 am
At least he has a good reason for having brain damage, unlike the rest of us here at CP. Good luck Mr. Goodridge!!!
Me likey- February 15, 2012 at 4:32 am
Good luck mr. goodridge. hope you fend that shit off...just remember. uuhhhh.... the remembering thing might be a problem.
StinkFacer- February 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm
based on grammar, and cognitive say one or two of the posters here have pugilistic dementia....hopefully Big Dadde fares better.
SnackDaddy- February 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm
This is probably what the Diaz brothers have as well.
Get well, yo.
RwilsonR- February 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Good luck to you Gary. Just another fight.
Todd M- February 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm
Good luck Gary, 1st crucifix FTW.
Joedirt- February 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm
It's very unfortunate and I wish him the best. I do think it needs to be pointed out that looking at his history he could easily have experienced over fifteen concussions. At what point should our athletic commissions intervene? I've always liked Gary and wish him the best.
fatbellyfrank- February 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm
All the best Gary, look forward to seeing you down under
thebrodstar- February 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm
My mother died from a similar type of dementia, she was diagnosed with it at the same age. Very sad news!!!
bootystar- February 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm
if Gary is judge captions why isn't he lampooning Tank for those comment Tank said about him way back there. the "live to fight another day" quote, meanwhile Tank is living it up fighting in vegas with size 500 boxing gloves you could use to float the titanic with
RSparrow- February 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm
ccman, you know he'd be too busy lookin at those white bitches forrest had to judge a god damn contest. Get it together
RSparrow- February 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm
Keep your head up, life is far from over. Thanks for being real, and going out there to fight unlike a lot of the other pussies.
ccman- February 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm
This explains some of his answers and makes one assume he must be the judge in caption contests. To soon?
RSparrow- February 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm
Holy shit, then the white guy he elbowed the living fuck out of is in some trouble.
bootystar- February 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm
maybe Wanderlust silva can make an appearance to his lectures
whiterice- February 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm
Man... that really blows. I have so much respect for the man, and for the fact that he wouldn't change his life. Living life on your own terms is one of the hardest things to do. I'm glad he's proud of all he's done.
EnemyofReality- February 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm
Oh yeah, Gary was a badass arm wrestler too. Check him out beating probably the best arm wrestler in the world here...
bootystar- February 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm
I bet there has been many calling out big daddy's name over the years
EnemyofReality- February 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm
I ordered UFC 8 on ppv and became a fan of Big Daddy. I looked up to him as a 14 year old kid and still look up to him. Best of luck Gary!
myklhoey- February 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm
by the way, im just bustin your chopps, tho its wierd to see it with the er at the end of it,
myklhoey- February 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm
when you spell it out nigger its a lill racie,
dont you no its nigga, that is appropreate
skeletor- February 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Sucks. He seems real lucid though and I guess thats a good sign. His crucifix beating on that poor bastard was one of the things that got me hooked on MMA way back when.
Mike Russell- February 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Big Daddy fan for life. Gary has always been a good dude an accessible to reporters and fans.

He'll beat the odds on this one too.