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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.
In Fall Mayhem Elite 1 MMA card in Moncton
MONCTON, N.B. – It didn’t take Richard Arsenault of Wellington long to defeat Halifax’s Ricky Goodall in a much-anticipated bout on Saturday night’s Fall Mayhem Elite 1 mixed martial arts (MMA) card.
Arsenault recorded a technical knockout (TKO) victory 44 seconds into the first round.
The last time the two met the fight went the distance, with Arsenault awarded the decision.
“Goodall kind of surprised me a bit as he came out and initiated it right away, almost like he wanted a slugfest,” said Joe Borden, who is Arsenault’s standup boxing coach. “They both landed some real good punches on each other, and they both landed three or four hard kicks.
“Then, all of a sudden out of nowhere, Richard caught him with a big overhand right flush (over the left eye) and he (Goodall) went down. Richard landed him two more punches and the referee stopped it.”
Two other Islanders – Morgan Rhynes and Chris Currie, both of Charlottetown – competed on the card.
Alderic Keith defeated Currie by submission in the first round to win the middleweight championship in the main event.
Rhynes picked up a first-round submission victory over Dylan Mercer.
Arsenault weighed in at 169 pounds and Goodall was at 168 pounds for the fight that was held before a big and boisterous crowd at Casino New Brunswick.
“We both really wanted it very bad, and both came out really aggressive,” said Arsenault, 35. “I just got lucky, caught him with a good shot, capitalized on it and finished the fight.”
Overall, Borden was very pleased with Arsenault’s performance, and termed the victory a total team effort.
“Goodall kind of surprised me a bit as he came out and initiated it right away, almost like he wanted a slugfest. They both landed some real good punches on each other and they both landed three or four hard kicks. Then, all of a sudden out of nowhere, Richard caught him with a big overhand right flush (over the left eye) and he went down. Richard landed him two more punches and the referee stopped it.” Joe Borden
“This is one of the few times we’ve actually had a team put together,” explained Borden. “There was myself, George Kinch, Clayton Ellis, the Wilson family from up west and Logan O’Brien.
“We all had our jobs to do and everybody did it perfectly. His (Arsenault’s) strength in this fight was unbelievable, his speed for the standup was excellent and jiu-jitsu and ground was perfect. . . We’ll keep things going, and this kid can do a lot.”
Kinch is Arsenault’s strength coach, Ellis works with Borden in standup boxing, the Wilsons work on ground and pound and jiu-jitsu, and O’Brien is Arsenault’s sparring partner.
Arsenault planned to relax on Sunday and attend a family supper, but he will resume training on Monday morning for UFC tryouts in Toronto in two weeks time.
Arsenault admitted the convincing victory is a big boost to his confidence so close to the UFC tryouts.
“It shows them that I want to be there,” said Arsenault. “If I had got knocked out, it wouldn’t have been good going into the UFC tryouts.
“I trained so hard for this fight I figured I had a very good chance. It worked out on my behalf this time.”