"Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary 'Big Daddy' Goodridge" by Gary Goodridge and Mark Dorsey Available Now

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Recently diagnosed with CTE, retired Mixed Martial Artist Gary Goodridge holds nothing back in his fascinating memoir – from fight fixing and backstage fighting to his personal struggles with infidelity and experiences coping with his brain injury.

Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge

'Gatekeeper' gives readers an inside look at the evolution of MMA from the 'human cockfighting' era to the present, told in the words of a veteran fighter.

A fighter who never knew when to quit, Gary Goodridge was a pioneer in the mixed martial arts world. He would take on any opponent anywhere, as long as there was the promise of a paycheck. Gary, recently diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE or pugilistic dementia) is now grappling the degenerative disease caused by the repeated head trauma from his years spent fighting. Gary speaks openly in "Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary 'Big Daddy' Goodridge" by Gary Goodridge and Mark Dorsey (ECW Press, February 2012) about what it is like to live with brain damage, how his life has changed because of it, and whether he’d do it all again.

"Gatekeeper" gives readers an inside look at the evolution of MMA from the “human cockfighting” era to the present, told in the words of a veteran fighter. Goodridge holds nothing back — from tales of backstage fights, steroid use, and fight fixing, to his personal struggles with infidelity, his overwhelming desire to provide the best life possible for his daughters, and experiences coping with the brain injury he acquired from fighting. This no-holds-barred memoir is a must read for fight fans the world over.

Gary Goodridge is a world renowned fighter and arm wrestler based out of Barrie, ON. He is a loving father to his two daughters.

“Gatekeeper is a deeply personal account of the life of one of MMA’s most interesting fighters.” – Joe Babinsack, Wrestling Observer

“Few MMA competitors have the depth and breadth of stories that Goodridge has. He is a unique thread in the tapestry of the sport.” – Jordan Breen

Mark Dorsey is a Ph.D. candidate at York University in Toronto, ON.
Title:         Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge
Authors:     Gary Goodridge and Mark Dorsey
Publisher:     ECW Press
Distributor:     Independent Publishers Group (IPG)
Publication:     February 2012
Price:         $21.95 CDN, $18.95 US
Specifications:    6.75” x 9.75”, 189 pages, 14 colour photos, paper
ISBN-13:     978-1-55022-993-6    

Available at:     Bookstores and online booksellers.

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