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News Former UFC Fighter Jonathan Goulet Opens up on Depression and Mental Health Issues

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  1. Kryptt Dead Belt Platinum Member

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    ‘I Didn’t Appreciate the Career’

    Former UFC fighter and Canadian mixed martial arts pioneer Jonathan Goulet is one such fighter who has been victim to the dark side of MMA.

    While speaking to La Voix de l’est opened up about his struggles with depression. He said, “There is no age at all to suffer from depression. Me, at 10, I wanted to die. And after my career in mixed martial arts, I wanted to die again. But walking, getting some fresh air, it feels good, it helps fight disease”

    https://www.essentiallysports.com/m...ns-up-on-depression-and-mental-health-issues/

     
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  2. VinceArch I am all of me.

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    Seems like might've matured a bit which is good.
     
  3. xXxGhost89xXx Purple Belt

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    Reading things like this makes me wonder how many Stories we’ll start hearing about old school mma pioneers going through depression and having these tendencies. I’ve been watching mma for years and all my favorites are long retired but I always wonder how many of these stories will start cropping up as time goes on.

    Hopefully Goulet stays on the right path and continues to kick ass in life in whatever he chooses to do.
     
  4. Dorkman Silver Belt

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    Glad he's living as best a life he can. MMA at the time he fought was grueling, very little pay, very little known about the toll it was taking on your long term(although we had a pretty good idea).
     
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  5. HHJ The Way the Truth and the Life of MMA

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    People need to face facts that some people coming into this are looking to fill an extreme void in their lives,and it might not be what they were looking for after all,or they just arent good enough to achieve it/
     
  6. ironmansnap I Never Lose. I Either Win Or Learn. Platinum Member

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    There's a name I haven't heard in ages.
    That guy is tough as nails.
    Glad he's doing better
     
  7. Foghorn Leghorn Purple Belt

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    Goulet being starched in seconds was always fun. He wasn't even a bad fighter, just had an amazing tendency to get blasted.
     
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  8. Mike RIP Frankie

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    A lot of people have depression and are looking for something, anything to fill that void. No surprise some of them end up in mma.
     
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  9. Memeojima Brown Belt

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    It didn't help his chin was made of glass
     
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  10. SHAZAM Black Belt

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    Lot of people going through depression right now. it's not a MMA thing. Talking to those acting like it is. Lot of people are on meds. Can't imagine how bad it must be to train MMA at a pro level and still be depressed. I figured training would help with that. Guess he has other issues to resolve. Usually training helps my mental health. But I never wanted to associate it with my income so it doesn't stress me out. Very interesting story. Same with Tyson Fury.
     
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    Correct. I hope that if enough mentally damaged people who are full time fighters are open about it, it will start to open some eyes though. Not as a celebrity thing "oh, look at me", but in fact, combat sports demonstrate physical toughness (and a large amount of mental toughness) that sets a fighter apart from society. So to see a fighter then say that they suffer mental illness (which is different from mental toughness) I hope it will give contrast to those who see it as mental weakness.
     
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    Most fighters are lacking something that allows them to really be one of the greats.

    Jonathan Goulet had skill but his chin always let him down.
     
  13. Bamboozled Silver Belt

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    I'd be depressed if I had a glass chin too tbh
     
  14. jeff7b9 Silver Belt

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    Not nearly as many stories as there are in reality.


    Most prize fighters retire from combat broke, injured, mentally exhausted, with not much in the way of alternate career opportunities as being successful at MMA (boxing, etc) requires absolute 100% devotion.
     
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  15. pamirec Black Belt

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    Fighting business just like any other has its dark side. We can’t expect fighters to walk away from the sport and do well for themselves. Especially guys that had a rough career. Lotta things to deal with. Health and finance being biggest questions.
     
  16. Richard Fannin Hammer House Time

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    Poor Jon Goulet, before I even watched my first fight with him, I had already heard all the jokes about him having the worst chin ever, and that was in the mid 2000s...

    At least his 6 sec KO loss to Duane "Bang" Ludwig isn't the fastest in the UFC history anymore, getting knocked off the first place by Masvidal & Ben "I even apparently broke some kind of record" Askren.
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    Duane Ludwig has no hard feelings about losing the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history. In fact, he’s proud of what Jorge Masvidal accomplished at UFC 239.

    For more than 13 years, Ludwig held the record with a six-second stoppage of Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 3 in January 2006. That reign came to an end on Saturday, though, when Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) hit an incredible flying knee to stop Ben Askren (19-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) just five seconds into the welterweight fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    Ludwig’s mark had been one of the longest standing records in UFC history. Ludwig’s win over Goulet came via pinpoint punch, and he said the only scenario he envisioned besting him is exactly what played out between Masvidal and Askren.

    “It’s how I assumed my record would be beat,” Ludwig told MMA Junkie. “Just like Kid Yamamoto when he did the jump knee years ago in four seconds (against Kazuyuki Miyata at K-1 Hero’s 5). I thought if someone was ever to beat that record they would go right out and do a jump-flying knee and end the fight. It finally happened.”

    To see Masvidal, of all people, earn the new record made Ludwig proud, he said. “Gamebred” accomplished the feat under the brightest of spotlights, stopping an opponent who entered with an undefeated record and a resume that sported Bellator and ONE Championship titles.

    Ludwig said he’s followed Masvidal’s career for many years and is glad the torch is being passed to a deserving figure.

    “For it to be Masvidal against such a high-level opponent for the title shot contention and all the stakes on the table, it was good that it was at this level of a fight rather than having it end by someone who hasn’t put in as much time or effort in the game,” Ludwig said. “It’s nice to have it be someone who has a worthy resume like Jorge.

    “He did an awesome job. Congrats to him. I was picking him for the win, and it was cool to see that. I like him personally and as a fighter, so it was very nice. Hopefully we’ll see more in the future from Masvidal. I would like to see him get a title shot.”

    Although it took 13 years and more than 400 UFC events for someone to pull off a faster knockout than Ludwig, “Bang” said he knew the time would come eventually. He praised Masvidal and the coaching staff at American Top Team for putting together a gameplan that would create the opportunity.

    “I knew it was possible, but I didn’t expect it just like everyone except for Masvidal and his team,” Ludwig said. “They posted a clip where he was practicing that a couple days prior. That’s even cooler that it was premeditated and part of the gameplan rather than just a lucky shot.”

    Ludwig emphasized there’s no bitterness about losing his record to Masvidal. He appreciated having his name atop the list while it lasted, but Ludwig said he recognizes these types of occurrences represent an evolution of MMA.

    “It meant a lot (to have that record),” Ludwig said. “It was one of the top three things on my resume as a competitor, as far as far as being a mixed martial arts world champion, a kickboxing world champion and then having the fastest knockout. As far as a competitive resume, that was one of my top three key notes. It meant a lot on paper. It was always cool (that) my kids would come up to other kids at school and say, ‘My dad has the fastest knockout.’ It was always cool to say that.”
     

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