To The Person Searching for Morgan Campbell’s Fighting Words


My stat tracker tells me a few folks found my site today by Googling terms like “Morgan Campbell Fighting Words” and “Morgan Campbell Video.” I appreciate your interest in that project, but I also realize that successive re-designs of the Toronto Star’s website have made the archived video linked to in previous blog posts much … Continue reading

Rampage Jackson to Boxing? Bring Your Toolbox


I’m all for athletes plotting career moves beyond the field, so under most circumstances I couldn’t do anything but support 34 year-old Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s decision to make Saturday night’s showdown with Glover Teixiera the final fight of his Ultimate Fighting Championship career. For all the UFC’s talk about the relative safety of their sport, … Continue reading

April 29, 2011: Gary Goodridge and the High Cost of Living Dangerously


MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER BARRIE—When Gary (Big Daddy) Goodridge strides into his living room, the hands that once delivered punches now cradle pill bottles. Fifteen years ago, Goodridge won his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut by knocking his opponent cold with one elbow strike. The other seven were pure adrenaline. That fight made the Barrie resident … Continue reading

April 29, 2011: There’s more to MMA training than toil and sweat


Proper recovery, right attitude as important as gym for top fighters Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter After a hard week of training, Claude (The Prince) Patrick is sore all over. Beat up and a little burnt out, he’s due for a tune-up and on this Friday in February he ducks into a converted bungalow in southeast … Continue reading

April 28, 2011: Mastering martial arts skills foundation of fighting success


Morgan Campbell Toronto Star Wednesday is pro day at Elite Training Centre in Mississauga, and the action on the mats intensifies each time the buzzer sounds. Five weeks from this February afternoon, Joel Powell will win the first sanctioned mixed martial arts bout in Ontario; right now, he’s at the far end of the room … Continue reading

April 27, 2011: An MMA Fighter’s Daily Grind


A ragged group of Muay Thai students shuffles across the floor at Elite Training Centre in Mississauga, throwing one-twos as their instructor shouts commands. The kick-boxers are hobbyists but the guy in the nearby ring is a pro, warming up for his third workout of the day. As the students take on imaginary opponents, 30-year-old Claude (The … Continue reading

UFC (smartly) backs down from a showdown with Pacquiao


Looks like the UFC’s debut event with new broadcast partner Fox Sports is no longer going head-to-head- with the Nov. 12 superfight between Manny Pacquiao and the last fighter to come close to defeating him, Juan Manuel Marquez. Instead of lasting deep into the evening, UFC’s live event on Fox will span just one hour, … Continue reading

ABDB Ep. 4: Fun With One and Done


The All Balls Don’t Bounce crew is podcasting again, and this week we’ve got hypocrisy in the crosshairs once more. Hey Bobby Knight: where did Roy Halladay go to college? He didn’t, but you’re not criticizing baseball’s “none and dones,” and neither is anybody else for some reason. MLB, we’re still trying to clarify your … Continue reading

Feeling GSP’s Pain


I wish I could say today marked the re-launch of my short-lived but very popular video series “Fighting Words,” but I don’t have the power to decide whether features like that live or die over at the Mother Ship. But when big names come to town I can sometimes sneak out of the office with world-class … Continue reading

Dec. 9, 2009: Video — Fighting Words Episode 2


To see the video, click right HERE. To see more of Ed Mulholland’s fight photography, click here.

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