|Born||Gary Henry Goodridge
January 17, 1966
Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
|Other names||Big Daddy|
Trinidadian and Tobagonian
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Super Heavyweight (kickboxing)
|Fighting out of||Barrie, Ontario, Canada|
|Rank||Honorary 4th degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won
Black prajied in Muay Thai
|Years active||1996–2010 (MMA)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Gary Henry Goodridge (born January 17, 1966), nicknamed "Big Daddy", is a retired Trinidadian-Canadian super heavyweight kickboxer and heavyweight mixed martial artist fighting out of Barrie, Ontario. Prior to kickboxing and MMA, he was also one of the top ranked contenders in the world of professional arm wrestling. In early 2012, Goodridge was diagnosed with early onset of dementia pugilistica.
Goodridge was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Prior to his career in combat sports, he worked as a welder at the Honda factory in Alliston, Ontario.
He was a world champion in arm wrestling, and was able to defeat the likes of greats Sharon Remez and John Brzenk in 1991 and again in 1994. He was also the super heavyweight amateur boxing champion of Canada.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In 1996, he was offered status of 4th degree black belt in kuk sool won, and a free dobak, if he would represent their school at the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He took two classes in kuk sool won before making his MMA debut in the eight-man tournament at UFC 8: David vs. Goliath in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the quarter-finals, he faced wrestler Paul Herrera (whom Goodridge outweighed by nearly 80 lbs) and won in violent fashion by using a "goose neck", the only submission hold he had learned before the event. After Herrera attempted a fireman's carry, Goodridge trapped both of his arms in a crucifix position and proceeded to deliver multiple elbow blows to the helpless Herrera's head, ending the bout in 13 seconds. The second elbow strike knocked Herrera unconscious, but the fight was not stopped until after Goodridge landed six more strikes. He then went on to faced Jerry Bohlander in the semis, and again won by knockout. In the finals, he took on future legend Don Frye who was trained in boxing, judo and wrestling. After Frye gained dominant position two minutes into the match, Goodridge submitted.
Goodridge returned at UFC 9: Motor City Madness in a non-tournament bout against Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and lost via technical knockout due to a cut after twelve minutes. On July 12, 1996 at UFC 10: The Tournament, he reached the semi-finals where he submitted to Mark Coleman due to exhaustion after KOing John Campatella in the quarter-finals. His final UFC match came on December 7, 1996 when he lost to Don Frye for a second time at Ultimate Ultimate 1996.
Following this, he travelled to Brazil to compete in vale tudo. On July 6, 1997, he defeated Augusto Menezes Santos, Cal Worsham and Pedro Otavio in the one evening to win the first International Vale Tudo Championship. The final match against Otavio was particularly brutal, as Goodridge defeated him with strikes after grabbing and squeezing Otavio's testicles.
PRIDE Fighting Championships
In late 1997, Goodridge was recruited to compete in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships. He made his promotional debut against Russian grappler Oleg Taktarov at PRIDE1 on October 11, 1997 and knocked his opponent out almost five minutes into the match. He returned at PRIDE 2 on March 15, 1998, where he lost to Brazilian vale tudo fighter Marco Ruas. He then recorded a knockout win over Amir Rahnavardi at PRIDE 3, and a KO loss to Igor Vovchanchyn at Pride 4 respectively.
Following a brief return to the UFC in 1999 when he submitted Andre Roberts at UFC 19: Ultimate Young Guns, Goodridge met Olympic judoka Naoya Ogawa at Pride 6 and lost when his opponent was able to put him in a Kimura lock in the second round.
On January 20, 2000, Goodridge took part in the sixteen-man, open weight tournament at the PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round. He submitted Osamu Tachihikari with a choke in under a minute and advanced to the quarter-finals which took place at the PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals on May 1, 2000. There, he faced Ukrainian kickboxer Igor Vovchanchyn for the second time in his career, and was knocked out by him once again. He also went on to lose his next two matches after this, a decision to Ricco Rodriguez at PRIDE 9: New Blood and a violent high kick knockout to Dutch Muay Thai fighter Gilbert Yvel at Pride 10 - Return of the Warriors.
Over the next two years, Goodridge became PRIDE's heavyweight gatekeeper, taking wins over Yoshiaki Yatsu, Valentijn Overeem, Achmed Labasanov, Lloyd van Dams and Dan Bobish, as well as losses to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fedor Emelianenko. He won his third match vs. Don Frye at PRIDE Shockwave 2003, dropping his rival with a head kick at 0:39 of round 1. This was Goodridge's retirement match. However, he would return to the ring just months later in the K-1 and Hero's organizations for whom he fought both kickboxing and MMA matches.
In 2004, Goodridge began competing for the K-1 promotion's HERO'S series. In his promotional debut, he knocked out pro wrestler Sylvester Terkay in round 1 at K-1 MMA ROMANEX. On March 26, 2005 at HERO'S 1, Goodridge defeated Russian sumo wrestler Alan Karaev by submission.
Following this, he lost to fellow PRIDE veteran Heath Herring at HERO'S by knockout on March 15, 2006. At HERO'S 8 on March 12, 2007, Goodridge beat South African Jan "The Giant" Nortje via TKO. This would be his last professional victory despite going on to compete for a further three years.
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Goodridge made his kickboxing debut in 1999 at K-1 Revenge, against Musashi and lost the fight by disqualification. His first win in K-1 came against Mike Bernardo by technical knockout at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Las Vegas in 2002. Following this, he took part in the opening round of the 2002 K-1 World Grand Prix against Jérôme Le Banner and was knocked out 42 seconds into the match.
In 2005, Goodridge participated in two K-1 World GP tournaments held in United States. On April 30 in Las Vegas he knocked out Sean O'Haire and Scott Lighty to reach the finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas, where he was stopped by Glaube Feitosa with a high kick KO. Three months later, on July 30, 2005, in Honolulu, Hawaii he scored three KO wins over Wesley Correira, Carter Williams and Yusuke Fujimoto, respectively, to win the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hawaii. He was again given the chance to qualify for the World GP in 2005 but was knocked out by Jérôme Le Banner once again.
Following 85 fights in his martial arts career, in which he was knocked out 25 times, Goodridge now suffers from dementia pugilistica. Goodridge, and co-author Mark Dorsey, published in December 2011, "Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge." The book details his experience in UFC, Pride, and K1 along with detailed personal information about his life and family.
Goodridge stated in an interview that it was not uncommon for fighters in Pride FC to take bribes to determine the outcomes of fights. He says that people contacted him before his fight with Naoya Ogawa at Pride 6 and offered him a bribe to lose the match. He claims that he turned it down as the bribe offered was too small. Goodridge says he lost that bout legitimately.
Championships and accomplishments
- Super Heavyweight Champion of Canada
Kuk Sool Won
- Honorary 4th Degree Black Belt (Sa Beom Nim)
Mixed martial arts
- International Vale Tudo Championship
- 1st I.V.C Tournament champion
- Pride Fighting Championships
- PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Quarterfinalist
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|47 matches||23 wins||23 losses|
|Loss||23–23–1||Lyubomir Simeonov||TKO (punches)||Bulgarian MMA Federation: Warriors 18||December 17, 2010||1||3:01||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Loss||23–22–1||Pedro Rizzo||TKO (retirement)||Washington Combat||May 15, 2010||2||5:00||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Loss||23–21–1||Gegard Mousasi||TKO (punches)||Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009||December 31, 2009||1||1:34||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||23–20–1||Gábor Németh||TKO (corner stoppage)||Super GP||November 22, 2008||2||3:45||Budapest, Hungary||Goodridge left the ring|
|Loss||23–19–1||Alistair Overeem||Submission (americana)||United Glory 10||November 9, 2008||1||1:47||Arnhem, Netherlands|
|Loss||23–18–1||Paul Buentello||Decision (unanimous)||Affliction: Banned||July 19, 2008||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||23–17–1||Terroll Dees||Decision (unanimous)||Iroquois MMA Championships 4||June 21, 2008||3||5:00||Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||23–16–1||Choi Mu-Bae||KO (punch)||The Khan 1||March 30, 2008||2||N/A||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||23–15–1||Jan Nortje||TKO (punches)||Hero's 8||March 12, 2007||1||3:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||22–15–1||Tadas Rimkevicius||TKO (punches)||Hero's Lithuania 2006||November 11, 2006||1||4:31||Lithuania|
|Loss||21–15–1||Heath Herring||TKO (punches)||Hero's 4||March 15, 2006||2||1:55||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||21–14–1||Alan Karaev||Submission (forearm choke)||Hero's 1||March 26, 2005||1||2:58||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||20–14–1||Sylvester Terkay||TKO (punches)||K-1 MMA ROMANEX||May 22, 2004||1||1:22||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||19–14–1||Don Frye||KO (head kick)||PRIDE Shockwave 2003||December 31, 2003||1||0:39||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||18–14–1||Dan Bobish||TKO (punches)||PRIDE Final Conflict 2003||November 9, 2003||1||0:18||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||17–14–1||Fedor Emelianenko||TKO (soccer kicks and punches)||PRIDE Total Elimination 2003||August 10, 2003||1||1:09||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||17–13–1||Lloyd van Dams||TKO (punches)||PRIDE Shockwave 2002||August 28, 2002||1||3:39||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16–13–1||Achmed Labasanov||Decision (split)||PRIDE 21||June 23, 2002||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Draw||15–13–1||Ebenezer Fontes Braga||Draw||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001||December 31, 2001||5||3:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Special K-1 vs. Pride rules bout|
|Win||15–13||Yoshiaki Yatsu||TKO (corner stoppage)||PRIDE 16||September 24, 2001||1||3:03||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||14–13||Jan Nortje||Submission (armbar)||K-1 Andy Memorial 2001 Japan GP Final||August 19, 2001||1||1:11||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||13–13||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Submission (triangle choke)||PRIDE 15||July 29, 2001||1||2:37||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||13–12||Valentijn Overeem||Submission (punches)||Pride 14 - Clash of the Titans||May 27, 2001||1||2:39||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||12–12||Bob Schrijber||Submission (kneebar)||2 Hot 2 Handle 2||March 18, 2001||1||2:32||Rotterdam, the Netherlands|
|Win||11–12||Yoshiaki Yatsu||TKO (punches)||Pride 11 - Battle of the Rising Sun||October 31, 2000||1||8:58||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||10–12||Gilbert Yvel||KO (head kick)||Pride 10 - Return of the Warriors||August 27, 2000||1||0:28||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||10–11||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE 9||June 4, 2000||2||10:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||10–10||Igor Vovchanchyn||TKO (punches)||PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals||May 1, 2000||1||10:14||Tokyo, Japan||PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 quarter-final|
|Win||10–9||Osamu Kawahara||Submission (forearm choke)||PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round||January 30, 2000||1||0:51||Tokyo, Japan||PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 opening round|
|Loss||9–9||Tom Erikson||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE 8||November 21, 1999||2||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||9–8||Naoya Ogawa||Submission (americana)||Pride 6||July 4, 1999||2||0:36||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||9–7||Andre Roberts||Submission (punch)||UFC 19||March 5, 1999||1||0:43||Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||8–7||Igor Vovchanchyn||TKO (punches)||Pride 4||October 11, 1998||1||5:58||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–6||Amir Rahnavardi||TKO (punches)||PRIDE 3||June 24, 1998||1||7:22||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7–6||Marco Ruas||Submission (heel hook)||PRIDE 2||March 15, 1998||1||9:09||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||7–5||Oleg Taktarov||KO (punch)||PRIDE 1||October 11, 1997||1||4:57||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–5||Pedro Otavio||Submission (punches)||International Vale Tudo Championship 1||July 6, 1997||1||16:15||Brazil||IVC 1 final.|
|Win||5–5||Cal Worsham||Submission (americana)||International Vale Tudo Championship 1||July 6, 1997||1||0:43||Brazil||IVC 1 semi-final.|
|Win||4–5||Augusto Menezes Santos||Submission (reverse full-nelson)||International Vale Tudo Championship 1||July 6, 1997||1||0:32||Brazil||IVC 1 quarter-final.|
|Loss||3–5||Mario Neto||Submission (dehydration)||Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6||March 3, 1997||1||6:02||Brazil|
|Loss||3–4||Don Frye||Submission (fatigue)||Ultimate Ultimate 1996||December 7, 1996||1||11:19||Birmingham, Alabama, United States||UU 96 quarter-final|
|Loss||3–3||Mark Coleman||Submission (exhaustion)||UFC 10||July 12, 1996||1||7:00||Birmingham, Alabama, United States||UFC 10 semi-final|
|Win||3–2||John Campetella||KO (punches)||UFC 10||July 12, 1996||1||1:28||Birmingham, Alabama, United States||UFC 10 quarter-final|
|Loss||2–2||Mark Schultz||TKO (cut)||UFC 9||May 17, 1996||1||12:00||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Don Frye||Submission (strikes)||UFC 8||February 16, 1996||1||2:14||San Juan, Puerto Rico||UFC 8 final|
|Win||2–0||Jerry Bohlander||TKO (punches)||UFC 8||February 16, 1996||1||5:31||San Juan, Puerto Rico||UFC 8 semi-final|
|Win||1–0||Paul Herrera||TKO (elbows)||UFC 8||February 16, 1996||1||0:13||San Juan, Puerto Rico||UFC 8 quarter-final|
12 wins (11 KOs), 24 losses, 2 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
- NSAC report of K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Las Vegas
- "Gary Goodridge Profile". www.garygoodridge.com. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
- Gary Goodridge Diagnosed with CTE/Pugilistic Dementia; Says No Regrets About His Fighting Life | MMAWeekly.com
- The high cost of living dangerously
- Rossen, Jake. "Pride Before the Fall". Sherdog.
- http://www.kuksoolwon.com/KSWRankTitles.pdf, Rank Titles of WKSA Masters, Accessed 6/9/9
- Nemeth Gabor Tatar vs. Gary Goodridge Super GP - YouTube