Well, here’s some saddening news.
K-1 and PRIDE veteran Gary Goodridge informed MMA Weekly recently that he’s been diagnosed with CTE/Pugilistic Dementia, or in layman’s terms, the same type of brain damage that many retired boxers and football players are suffering from later in life due to all the head trauma they incurred over the course of their careers. As you can imagine, it was difficult news to hear, but Goodridge says he doesn’t have any regrets. He also blames it more on his K-1 career than his MMA bouts.
“You get the news you just have to deal with it, live with it,” Goodridge told MMAWeekly.com on Monday. “There’s no treatment that goes along with it. There’s pills to make it slow down the process, but it’s inevitable.”
“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,” said Goodridge. “90-percent of my injuries came from K-1, where there’s nothing but head trauma, head injuries over and over again.”
“I have no regrets,” said Goodridge. “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.”
He may not have any regrets, but it’s still a sad story and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last as MMA continues to mature.
Now that Goodridge’s professional fighting career is over he plans to stay in combat sports by teaching seminars around the world. He also just released his autobiography, “Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary ‘Big Daddy’ Goodridge,” which was actually co-authored by one of our former writers, Mark Dorsey.
We wish Goodridge the best.
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