MMA fighter bails on handicap match

When it's make believe, a 2-on-1 fight can be fun. The WWF perfected the stunt by back in the 70s by having Andre The Giant or Gorilla Monsoon beat the hell out of two jobbers. In the cage or the ring, it's not so pleasant. Mixed martial arts veteran Gary Goodridge wasn't actually facing two fighters in the ring during a recent fight in Hungary but he claims it was definitely 2-on-1. Goodridge stunned the crowd by walking out of the cage and leaving the arena in the middle of the fight.

Goodridge used his Facebook page (you have to love the web!) to explain that he was getting screwed by the referee and decided to hit the highway. The 42-year old with 43 fights under his belt, claims that his opponent Nemeth "Tatar' Gabor was repeatedly holding the ropes and that the referee would not warn or penalize Gabor for the violation but he did take a point away from Goodridge (pictured next to 7-foot-2 Hong Man Choi) in the first round:

"I gave some great kicks to Tatar, my opponent. Then I did my usual strategy of putting up my gloves to cover my face while my opponent tires out. The referee stopped the match at this point, and took points away from me for no apparent reason."

'Big Daddy' claims that Gabor grabbed the ropes at least 20 times in the opening round and that the fight was brought back to feet on another occasion for no obvious reason. In the second round, Goodridge says he couldn't take it anymore as the ref simply tried to slap away Gabor's hands from the ropes at least 10 times but would not penalize him:

"The referee wanted to start us again by the end of round 2, but I walked out of the ring, went to the change room, took a shower, and left the venue to go back to the hotel…this is the first time I have walked out of the ring in my 14 years of fighting."

Goodridge will fight anytime and anywhere, even on short notice. He's fought for promotions like Pride, K-1, Affliction and the UFC. It's not the most conventional way to handle the situation but the guy's reputation is pretty strong as a competitor. Do we have to take him on his word or does Goodridge deserve some criticism for quitting in the middle of a fight?

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