Perry Goodwin: “I predict a performance of the night from me!”

Cage Warriors return to the Indigo at the O2 on Saturday 2nd March 2019 for a night that promises to deliver scintillating action up and down the card. The event is stacked with talent and many of the prelims would be main card fights on any other Cage Warriors show. Fan enthusiasm for the card is high as proven by the fact that tickets have flown out of the door with only a limited number still remaining. One of the evening’s stand out fights sees Rhys McKee take on Perry Goodwin which is a pivotal clash in the lightweight division following Soren Bak relinquishing the belt last month.

Goodwin (8-6) is coming off of an outstanding performance at Cage Warriors 98 where he knocked out former title challenger, Alexander Jacobsen, in the second round. The Englishman was a big underdog in that fight with many expecting it to be a routine win for Jacobsen but his precise striking and fluid movement proved too much for the Norwegian. Goodwin made it look easy and appeared on a whole other level compared to his adversary. However, that isn’t what he had expected.

“I never thought it would be so easy but my coach, Andrew Fisher, thought that it might be,” explained Goodwin. “Right before we walked out, he told me that as long as I knew my distance as we had discussed as part of the game plan, it would be the easiest fight of my career – and it was! I put the performance down to my head space at the time as I have the best team and people around me now so it’s all on me how the fight goes.”

That performance in Birmingham wasn’t befitting of a fighter who nearly has as many losses as he has wins. Goodwin has mostly found it hard to gain any serious momentum in his career so far but he feels as though that could be all about to change.

“I think the inconsistency in my career is down to a lot of factors including work, coaching, my team and a couple of other things but I do feel as though my head is in a better place than it has been in the past. It’s time to enjoy the ride and see where it takes me,” Goodwin said.

His opponent on March 2nd, Rhys McKee (8-2), won his promotional debut at Cage Warriors 100 back in December by first round TKO against Jefferson George and appears to be one of the stand out contenders near a crack at the belt. McKee stated in a previous article with WHOA TV that Goodwin’s style is perfect for him to show that he is on a different level and that Goodwin will start diving for his legs after a few minutes. Goodwin didn’t let these comments sway his own opinion of the former BAMMA lightweight champion and with both guys finishing 15 of their 16 combined wins, he is expecting an all action fight.

“He is a well known fighter and has a fun style. I always respect someone who is always trying to finish the fight. I never focus too much on what my opponent is planning but going by his last fight I expect him to bring a lot of pressure,” stated Goodwin. “I predict it will be the fight of the night and a performance of the night from me. I will shock everyone apart from my team when another opponent that underestimates me falls!”

Despite the fact that the the winner of this fight could well find themselves competing for the strap in the coming months, Goodwin isn’t letting those thoughts consume his mind in the lead up to this contest. In fact, he isn’t particularly bothered about the title at all.

“I’m not worried about titles and all that jazz! This is what I do for fun so I’m just happy beating the best guys that Cage Warriors can put in front of me.”

It is not very often that fighters openly admit that winning a title isn’t something that particularly drives them. However, if victorious at the Indigo, Goodwin will have to accept the reality that a title could well be in his very near future.

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