Herbert Goodman

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Herbert Goodman
Born (1977-08-31) August 31, 1977 (age 39)
Miami, Florida
Other names Whisper
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)
Fighting out of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Team Fox Valley Grappling Club
Years active 2007-Present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 19
By knockout 7
By submission 8
By decision 3
By disqualification 1
Losses 11
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 6
University Graceland College
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Herbert Goodman (born August 31, 1977) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former NFL running back for the Green Bay Packers. In mixed martial arts, Goodman competed for Bellator, M-1 Global and King of the Cage. He received his nickname, "Whisper" due to his soft-spoken personality.[1][2]


Goodman was born and raised in Miami, Florida, attending Homestead High School where he competed in track and field, becoming a two-time letter winner in the sport and also placed third in the state long jump during his senior year. Goodman began playing football during his senior year of high school, and then continued with the sport for two years at Graceland College (NAIA) in Lamoni, Iowa, where he rushed for over 2,000 yards before he was signed by the Green Bay Packers of the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2000.[3]

NFL career[edit]

Goodman lasted only 2 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, playing at the running back position and handling some kick returns. In his two seasons in the NFL he ran the ball four times for -3 yards and fumbled twice.[4] Goodman was allocated to NFL Europe in 2002 where he started for the Scottish Claymores,[5] rushing for 873 yards to lead the league and also surpass Siran Stacy's single season team rushing record. After his stint in the NFL, Goodman also was a member of various teams' practice squads, played in the CFL, and also played semi-professionally in Wisconsin. He eventually retired in 2005 after suffering a knee injury in the CFL.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Goodman started his professional mixed martial arts career in 2007. He fought Hector Lombard at Bellator 24 and lost via first-round KO.[7]

Combat USA[edit]

Goodman fought Will Dicke in the Wisconsin State semifinals and won via unanimous decision to move on to the Wisconsin State finals. He fought Gerald Meerschaert in the Wisconsin State finals and won via submission (rear-naked choke) to become the Middleweight State Champion of Wisconsin.

Goodman was supposed to face Louis Taylor, the Middleweight State Champion of Illinois, on July 16, 2011 at Combat USA Wisconsin vs. Illinois but Taylor dropped out of the fight just 2 hours before the weigh-ins with a bruised leg.

Personal life[edit]

Goodman has a son.[8]

In September 2009, Goodman was charged with assault. Allegedly, the victim, a woman in Menasha, Wisconsin, asked Goodman to leave her home. He allegedly responded by keeping her locked behind a door and pinning her to the ground.[9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–11 Jonas Billstein DQ (illegal soccer kick) Bellator 58 November 19, 2011 2 3:21 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 18–11 Isaiah Larson Decision (unanimous) Riot at the Hyatt: Packer vs. Viking September 23, 2011 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 18–10 Gerald Meerschaert Submission (rear-naked choke) Combat USA Fighting Championships April 22, 2011 1 1:28 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Win 17–10 Will Dicke Decision (unanimous) Combat USA: Best 8 in the State 2 March 5, 2011 3 5:00 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 16–10 Forrest Petz Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Cage Battle: Pride & Glory January 15, 2011 3 5:00 Parma, Ohio, United States
Loss 16–9 Hector Lombard KO (punches) Bellator 24 August 12, 2010 1 0:38 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 16–8 Mike Suttles TKO (punches) CCFP: Cool City Fight Promotions July 24, 2010 1 1:27 Rockwood, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 15–8 Jason Norwood Decision (unanimous) FCF: Freestyle Cage Fighting 43 June 12, 2010 3 5:00 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 15–7 Dante Rivera Decision (unanimous) Adrenaline: New Breed February 26, 2010 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14–7 David Kleczkowski Submission (guillotine choke) ECO: Extreme Cagefighting Organization 3 January 16, 2010 1 1:19 Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States
Win 13–7 Chris Krueger Submission (arm triangle choke) IFC: Wiuff vs. Newcomb January 8, 2010 1 0:58 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Win 12–7 Joseph Reyes Submission MFC: Maximo Fighting Championship November 28, 2009 1 1:28 Isla Verde, Carolina
Win 11–7 James Brasco TKO (punches) Shine Fights 2: ATT vs. The World September 4, 2009 3 3:24 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 10–7 Lucas Lopes Decision (unanimous) Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act 2 April 25, 2009 3 5:00 Columbia, Missouri, United States
Win 10–6 Jordan Radev KO (punches) M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 3 March 28, 2009 2 4:59 Bourgas, Bulgaria
Loss 9–6 Ronald Stallings KO (knees) UWC 5: Man O' War February 21, 2009 1 4:56 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 9–5 Marcus Reynolds Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Level One October 18, 2008 3 3:00 Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 8–5 Mark Palbykin Decision (unanimous) CCC: Cage Conflict Championships September 20, 2008 3 5:00 Menasha, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 8–4 Kenny Robertson Submission (armbar) Combat USA: Battle in the Bay 7 May 20, 2008 3 N/A Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Win 8–3 Adrian Serrano KO GFS: Thunderdome May 17, 2008 2 1:02 Wisconsin, United States
Win 7–3 Roger Krahl TKO (corner stoppage) R.F.C. 1: Revolution Fight Club 1 April 18, 2008 1 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 6–3 Andrew Urban Submission (kimura) KTK: Konquer the Kage 19 March 29, 2008 3 2:20 Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Win 5–3 Matt Scaggs Submission (strikes) TCC: Carnage in the Cage February 23, 2008 1 N/A Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 4–3 Héctor Urbina Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Sub Zero January 12, 2008 3 3:00 Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 4–2 Chris Baten TKO UWC 2: Ultimate Warrior Challenge June 30, 2007 2 1:57 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 4–1 Shane DeZee Submission (guillotine choke) MMAC: The Revolution May 12, 2007 1 0:36 DC Armory, Washington D.C.
Loss 3–1 John Krohn Submission (armbar) SF 19: Cinco de Mayhem May 5, 2007 3 2:10 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 3–0 Eric Manley TKO KSP: Ken Shamrock Productions April 21, 2007 2 N/A Redding, California, United States
Win 2–0 Randall Lamonte Submission (guillotine choke) KSP: Fight at the Falls March 3, 2007 1 N/A Oroville, California, United States
Win 1–0 Tim Nixon KO (punches) Gladiators Fighting Series: Super Brawl January 27, 2007 2 0:30 United States


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