Bro-est Bros You Knows Episode 35
We’ve got a good one for you guys! The Bros get to speak with a true legend of combat sports, HW Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge. It was such a pleasure getting to speak with Gary and get his take on issues like fighter safety. He’s such a nice guy and we really appreciate his coming on the show.
On April 12th, 2016, fighter Joao Carvalho died as a result of brain injuries he sustained in a professional MMA fight against Charlie Ward. Just weeks after New York became the 50th state to legalize MMA we have the fifth death surrounding a MMA professional bout since 2007. It reminds us of the risk the fighters take when they sign the dotted line. It reminds us that we can always do a better job of protecting our fighters. It reminds us that serious and even fatal injuries are real possibilities in the sport.
The Bros then talk about the biggest MMA news of the year, Conor McGregor’s “retirement.” Will Dana White ever admit that it is about the money? Will the UFC give in to McGregor to save UFC 200? Is George St. Pierre really coming back? The Bros talk about all things Conor McGregor as the MMA world tries to make sense of it all.
I want to note something from my interview with Gary. MMA is a relatively safe sport compared to other high-impact collision sports. With the proper support structures, fighters can have relatively healthy careers compared to other athletes.Those support structures are key, and as Gary noted, we sometimes must protect the fighters from themselves. I also want to note that fatalities in the sport of MMA are very rare occurrences, and of those that do happen, many result from complications outside of the ring.
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