Gary Goodridge denied license for Jan. 9 'New Dawn' after recent TKO loss to Gegard Mousasi


One fight, two losses.

Former PRIDE FC and K-1 star Gary Goodridge was not cleared to fight by the Indiana State Athletic Commission and will no longer face Ron Sparks at the upcoming MMA Big show event "New Dawn" set for the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana, on Saturday, January 9.

The decision to not license Goodridge was made after "Big Daddy" was obliterated by rising star Gegard Mousasi in the first round of their bout at the 2009 FieLDS Dynamite!! event on New Year's Eve in Japan.

It marked the fifth straight defeat for the aging veteran.

In fact, MMA Big Show owner/promoter Jason Appleton has decided to pull the remainder of the professional bouts after the loss of his main event but will continue with the amateur-only card.

From Appleton:

"Gary Goodridge secretly took a last-minute fight in Japan of which he lost by TKO. Even though the event was overseas and not under any U.S. regulatory body, the Indiana Commission still felt obligated to cancel his fight."

"Big Daddy" is perhaps best known to casual MMA fans for his unintentional snuff film against Paul Herrera at UFC 8: "David vs. Goliath." Goodridge secured his helpless foe in a crucifix and proceeded to rain down elbows until the referee intervened -- even after Herrera lost consciousness.

He recovered shortly thereafter, but highlights of the drubbing are frequently used in the anti-MMA crusade.

Between MMA and kickboxing, Goodridge has amassed a staggering 80 fights to his name since 1996. Unfortunately his career has been in a serious decline, as the Canadian hasn't banked a win since March 2007.

In light of the change, MMA Big Show will offer discounts for all "New Dawn" ticket-holders for their upcoming Feb. 20 show.

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