Arsenault to face Goodall in rematch, on path to reclaim his title
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Local mixed martial arts fighter Richard Arsenault spars with Logan O'Brien at Green's Shore, where he can be found nearly every afternoon. Arsenault has been training harder than usual lately, as he's set to take on Ricky Goodall in a rematch of a title fight a year ago, just prior to the Ultimate Fighter tryouts.
Richard Arsenault wants his title back, and nothing is going to step in his way. Not even a tryout for the biggest mixed martial arts show on television.
The former Elite-1 MMA welterweight champion will be going head-to-head with Ricky Goodall in September, in a rematch of a title fight from 2012.
With a lot of hype surrounding the fight, Arsenault is aiming to impress. He squeaked out a decision in the last fight, winning three of the five rounds.
“It was one of the best fights that anyone had seen for a long time,” he said. “So this one should be good too.”
Goodall, of Halifax, N.S., has a 10-8 record in mixed martial arts heading into the affair, and has fought some stiff competition in the past.
I wasn’t really prepared at all (in April). I more did it for the fans than did it for myself. This time I get the opportunity to come back for the belt Richard Arsenault
“Ricky is a very tough guy, but I take nothing from him,” Arsenault said.
During their last fight, Arsenault said he wasn’t training nearly as hard as he has been for the rematch.
“Last time we fought, I wasn’t at my full potential,” he said. “I don’t know if he was or not, but it was a good fight. This time, I’ve been training a lot harder.
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