Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

There's Plenty to Come Vows Perry

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

There's Plenty to Come Vows Perry

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Byline: ADAM STEEL adam.steel@trinitymirror.com @ADAMSTEELGAZ

PERRY Goodwin has warned that his "perfect" Cage Warriors debut will be the first of many explosive showings in the mixed martial arts big leagues.

The Redcar fighter recorded his fourth straight stoppage victory as he dominated higher-ranked Ellis Hampson on enemy territory at Cage Warriors 82 in Liverpool.

The 24-year-old dropped Hampson early with a right hand, easily stuffed most of his increasingly desperate takedown attempts and gave him a steady beating on the feet before referee Marc Goddard intervened at the 1min 32 mark of round three.

The 72kg catchweight bout was the first of a five-fight Cage Warriors deal for Goodwin on European's MMA's main stage.

And after starring on the live-Facebook-streamed portion of the card he believes his relentless pressuring style makes him a handful for anyone.

"It was a perfect way to get started with Cage Warriors," Goodwin said.

"Hampson was a tough guy, maybe too tough for his own good. I couldn't believe some of the stick that he took.

"He was higher ranked than me in the UK and comes from a more wellknown gym and is a Brazilian jiujitsu brown belt whereas I'm a purple belt. "He didn't have to take the fight and fair play to him for taking it, but I think he got the shock of his life," he added.

"I told everyone before my last two fights that once I hit my opponent clean for the first time it's a slow decline for them.

"I always want to finish a fight, I don't just look to grind out a win. I love to go forward and I've got cardio for days.

"I'm always confident that I will put enough pressure on that they will all wilt and fall in the end.

"Hopefully it's onwards and upwards now and I can fight again in the next eight weeks."

A former swimmer and county rugby player, Goodwin gave up a lucrative offshore job last October to chase his MMA dreams.

He combines working long 10-hour days as a scaffolder with regular training under veteran Sunderland fighter Andrew Fisher at Team Fish Tank in Seaham and says the switch is already benefiting him as a fighter. …

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