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Jonathan Goulet choked a bitch out!

Onion2010-05-17 12:43:01 +0000 #1

UFC welterweight Jonathan Goulet may have taken the commonly employed methodology to the extreme during preparations for his UFC 113 match-up with Marcus Davis.

“I choked out a pit bull,” Goulet tells me matter-of-factly. “It was hard, but eventually I completed the choke.”

Naturally, the revelation raised my eyebrows, so I ask him to explain the events that led up to the unusual pairing.

It turns out, the impromptu showdown took place at a dog park.

Goulet had been enjoying an unseasonably warm April afternoon with his Scottish terrier at the facility and was happy to have a rare day off from training since his camp was in full swing. Cognizant that the unleashed pit bull had been growing increasingly more agitated ever since a family with two young children and a medium-sized poodle had entered the park, he increased the space between his own animal and the vicious looking dog by turning his back on the larger one and effectively creating a barrier between them.

A split second later, all hell broke loose behind him.

Over the top of a mother’s screams and a child’s uncontrollable sobs, Goulet heard the unmistakable snarling canine battle growl of the pit bull. With no regard for his own safety, he turned and pounced on the perpetrator, who was now holding a limp, lifeless body in its vice-like jaws.

He now admits that it was a dangerous thing to do, but Goulet, who has a daughter of his own, says he wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night knowing he hadn’t done something to help. He points to his MMA training as the factor in allowing him to save at least one life that day and he says he’s glad that he was able to prevent anyone else from being injured that day.

“I didn’t even think; I looked over and I saw that the dog had something in its mouth and I thought for sure it was a kid, so I jumped on top of it and got him in a rear naked choke. I stood him up on his back legs and I put all of my weight on him. Eventually, I realized that he only had the poodle in his mouth,” Goulet explains. “He wouldn’t let go of it and I didn’t let go of him either. I didn’t want him to get mad at me and bite me on my face or to hurt someone, so I finished the choke and he passed out. When he did, he let go of the poodle, which was hurt and bleeding really bad. Even after he passed out, and I let off the choke, I didn’t let him go until the owner grabbed his chain.”

Within moments, the pit bull would regain consciousness, and order was restored in the park. Sure it may not have been a “training session” in the traditional sense of the term, but the way that Goulet acted on pure compulsion in response to a dangerous situation speaks of his character and fight or flight instinct. He says that when he steps into the Octagon, the same switch flips on and he becomes a 180 degree different person than the usual easy going version his friends and family have come to know.

“I’m a joker. I’m always doing stuff for laughs. I’m kind of the clown of my group of friends. They are always surprised to see my face when I fight because I’m not the same guy. When I get in there, I’m very intense. That’s why I don’t let my daughter see me fight,” he explains. “I don’t want her to see me that way. GSP once told me, ‘We aren’t playing golf. We might get hit; we might get injured, so it’s natural to be scared.’ I use fear to be stronger and faster in my fights. It’s always a good feeling. If I’m not scared when I’m entering into the cage, I know there’s a problem.”

That afternoon in the dog park wasn’t the first time Goulet has had to diffuse a potentially out of control and agitated alpha male who was trying to assert his dominance. Before he became a full-time fighter, he used to bounce at a local bar in Quebec. The position gave him the freedom to train when he needed to, allowed him to spend time with his daughter during the day and gave him a steady income to supplement the money fighting provided. Never having been one for fighting outside of his professional pursuits or sparring matches in the gym, he says he tried to approach the job from a psychological standpoint, turning to his physical attributes only as a last resort.

“Drunk guys always wanted to fight me to try to prove something, but I knew that I had nothing to prove by fighting them. My goal, because I fought every day, was to try to kick them out, but only use my words to diffuse the situation,” Goulet says. “When I had to fight in the bar, I wasn’t happy and I wouldn’t be able to sleep those nights. I would lay awake, thinking about what would have happened if I did this or that instead of what I did. I was always using my brain to come up with a better solution for the next problem that would happen.”

Loot2010-05-17 12:53:01 +0000 #2

Originally Posted by Onion

Goulet had been enjoying an unseasonably warm April afternoon with his Scottish terrier

Did I miss something? Is Jonathan Goulet actually 73-years-old? j/k

I've never met a Scottish Terrier owner who had a shot at outliving the dog.
wgrapple2010-05-17 13:13:13 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by Loot

Did I miss something? Is Jonathan Goulet actually 73-years-old? j/k

I've never met a Scottish Terrier owner who had a shot at outliving the dog.

aaaaaaaahahaha! I was thinking the same thing...damn Terriers

I find it hard to believe that this dog didn't knock Goulet out in 15 seconds too.
Gomi2010-05-17 13:40:56 +0000 #4
I'd say Goulet is my idol, but what's new
cuotfs2010-05-17 13:00:45 +0000 #5
Good to know this actually works.

I often wondered if I got attacked if this

method would work if I was in the fortunate position

of applying it.
WEREWOLF2010-05-17 14:54:25 +0000 #6
One of the Gracies had a similar story and was nicknamed 'pitbull' because of the incident. It wasn't Ralf or Renzo. This is gonna drive me crazy.

Edit: It was Ralph. Thank God for Fight Finder.



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