John Gooden

Presenter. Commentator. Writer

John Gooden is an international presenter, sports commentator, voice over artist and writer

My recent attempts at writing

In speaking with my colleagues at the UFC, I expressed my desire to tell the story of some fighters in a slightly different way from my usual angle through commentary.  So, I was given the opportunity to set about some writing.  With the UFC embarking on a significant year in Europe, they kicked it off big-style in Stockholm this January with a fight card headlined by Sweden's own Alexander Gustafsson and the revitalised Anthony Johnson: Gustafsson - http://www.ufc.com/news/alexander-gustafsson-resilience-discipline

Johnson - http://www.ufc.com/news/Anthony-Johnson-Returns-To-Rumble-Through-Persistence-Resiliency

Following that, I was lucky to make a couple of trips into Europe and spend some time with two incredibly charismatic and special fighters; Joanna Jedrzejczyk and fighting legend, Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic:

Jedrzejczyk- www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/others/ufc-185-joanna-jedrzejczyk-profile--just-for-kicksand-a-ufc-world-title-10106839.html

OR http://www.ufc.com/news/Independent-Gooden-Joanna-ufc185#comments

Cro Cop -  http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/mma/mirko-cro-cop-profile-becoming-the-equalizer-10169014.html

I visited Stockholm Sweden this summer and wrote this piece ahead of Gustafsson's title challenge at UFC 192:

http://www.ufc.com/news/UFC-192-Alexander-Gustafsson-overcomes-setbacks-for-shot-at-UFC-glory

I hope you find them insightful.