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Gary Goodridge Blames K-1 Fights for a Career's Worth of Brain Damage

GoodridgeThere is something to be said for the risk that fighters put themselves under each time they enter a ring to fight as professionals. Many of us get caught up in a lot of the facts, statistics, the drama and the whole insular world of professional combat sports, sometimes putting aside the most important aspect of them all; combat sports are a form of entertainment. Professional fighters enter into unarmed combat with another fighter, with the purpose being defeating said opponent in combat. Period. This can lead to a lot of injuries, some worse than others, and some that can affect a fighter for the rest of their lives. If you need an example, Muhammad Ali is a prime example, if anything.

So there is no shock when former UFC, PRIDE and K-1 veteren Gary Goodridge comes out and says that he has suffered a lot of brain damage in his stint as a professional fighter. The effects of combat sports on the athletes is a topic which should be taken far more seriously and get the spotlight more often, as opposed to Dana White's latest twitter tirade or which esteemed member of the fraternity of Mixed Martial Arts media "broke" a story first. Sadly, the world that we live in tends to focus more on the immediate as opposed to the long term, and in MMA and K-1, we will finally see a generation of fighters nearing the age of retirement and how their careers have affected their bodies and minds. Goodridge recently released a tell-all book, and it turns out that he has been diagnosed with Pugilistic Dementia. He spoke with our good friend Jonathan Snowden, and he actually blames K-1 for most of the damage he received in his career.

Far be it from me to doubt the damage that fighters in the stand up world have received, especially under the K-1 banner where the rules are tailor-made for non-stop action, but to simply blame his Kickboxing career for his condition seems rather crass. If you were to analyze Goodridge's K-1 career, his record tells one story, that at 12-24 he did not belong in a K-1 ring. A whopping 14 of those losses were to Knockout, and quite frankly, it is a telling sign that there was something wrong, but on the other hand, Goodridge's MMA career spanned a longer time period and saw him in a similar state of a record of 23-22, with another whopping 10 knockouts to his detriment. It was a seven-loss streak in MMA and a twelve-loss streak in Kickboxing that finally shelved him.

The story that this tells is more a fighter's lack of discretion and needing to be surrounded with realistic people who care enough to tell you it is time to stop. I think it would be unfair to claim that K-1 or MMA fights alone did the damage, but it is a collection of a career of nothing but horrific knockouts that led Goodridge to his condition.

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Watch Nieky Holzken Training, golden Glory Style

Nieky Holzken is a fighter that is known around the world for being one of the most exciting and dynamic, fighting under the Golden Glory banner. As a part of Golden Glory's new YouTube channel, they put up some training footage of Nieky Holzken preparing for his fight today, which we will have results for when available.

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StillWill Says Badr Hari Proves That "Impossible is Nothing"

Our friend Will Prescott, aka StillWill, is without a doubt one of the top highlight video guys in the world and we have further proof of it. Will is off in Thailand training with our friends at Phuket Top Team, which is without a doubt a cool experience. Thankfully, all of that training and partying hasn't kept him away from putting together new videos, as he drops yet another one today. This one says that "Impossible is Nothing." It shows Badr Hari's training before his fight with Gokhan Saki as well as highlights from the absolute gorgeous fight that he put together against the very dangerous Gokhan Saki.

It creates some interesting overtones, because Badr Hari will come to the United States to begin training for his career in professional boxing, which has gotten a lot of criticism of late. It paints an interesting picture of Badr Hari working hard and that work paying off, which could easily carry over into his boxing career. Badr has already selected Nazeem Richardson to train with, which will help his skills as he transitions, but it will take a lot of hard work, conditioning and hell, maybe even GSP Rushfit to get him prepared for a foray into Boxing.

So go ahead and check out this video, as well as Will and Fletch's new blog, Fight Sports Asia.

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Photo of the Day: JLB Training at Babalu's Iron Gym

Because you cannot get enough Jerome Le Banner in your day-to-day life, we bring you yet more JLB content. This time, a photo from just over a week ago of JLB training in Cerritos, CA at Renato "Babalu" Sobral's Iron Gym (also known as BIG). It is an interesting choice for JLB, who is not exactly known for his ground game, to choose to train with a Gracie Barra black belt in Babalu to prepare for his upcoming fight. It is always good to see a Kickboxer work on his ground game for a MMA fight, though.

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