Maegan “Mayhem” Goodwin

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Maegan "Mayhem" Goodwin

A recent signing to Invicta Fighting Championships has brought Maegan's professional fighting dreams to a reality. Maegan has earned an impressive, unbeaten 5-0 amatuer MMA record and has been receiving a lot of attention as she's made her move to the professional stage. I was fortunate enough to come into contact with her manager, Jay General, whom allowed the opportunity to spend some time with her in filling out a Q&A for KnockoutLounge and we're excited to learn more about this Fighter on the Rise. Please see below as we dive into the life and memories of Maegan "Mayhem" Goodwin.

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All Images Courtesy of Gorilla Tactics (Morgan Clements)

 

Early Life:

 

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)

I had a super great life growing up. It was always fun. I grew up in Sallisaw, Oklahoma & went to Central High School! (Go Tigers!) I lived right by my cousin Lindsey so she's who I spend most of my time with other than my 2 brothers.

Growing up I was always super overweight & unhealthy, like the rest of my family.


Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?

I was involved in basically every sport. I'm very thankful to my mom for putting me in sports early. I played most everything in high school too. Even tried cheerleading for a year  that was interesting! Ha! Also, on a random note, I did 4H & I showed my sheep & goats! I always did pretty well even though I HATED it.

 

What is your favorite child-hood memory?

I don't really know any childhood memories that just stick out. I have a lot of great little memories as a kid. I was pretty comical when I was young according to my mom. I remember a super embarrassing one if that counts. I was doing the high five for the first time at the town pool & my foot slipped on the ladder climbing up & I slid all the way back down & hit my chin on every step! It was like out of a movie; my head just went boing-boing-boing! Yeah, I'll never forget that.


Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?

It really shocks people to see what I looked like as a child. I was never just super athletic, even in high school I was okay but not like I am now at all. I was never strong, never aggressive& if you ask anyone where I'm from about me fighting the first thing they will tell you guaranteed is that they NEVER would have picked me to do something like this! And I love it!

 

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Getting involved in MMA:

 

How did you get involved?

I started doing Mma to lose weight & just to try a cool style of working out. I never ever wanted to fight or even half way thought I ever would. But here I am!

 

What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?

I just started doing workouts so really all I learned was hands and footwork. After that I never jumped into one specific thing I basically started the full on MMA training from the beginning. I remember how intimidating it is in the beginning & how I never thought I would ever be where I am today, back then. I fell in love with it very quickly, though & picked up stuff pretty fast!

 

At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?

I just compared myself to my teammates and saw how much improvement I had gained. I was starting to block their stuff & they couldn't block mine as easily & things like that. I was in the best shape I had been in up to that point & I wanted to test out my hard work.

 

When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what went through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?

My first fight was probably one of my favorite fights. I wasn't nervous one bit! I let my opponent make me very mad before the fight & I was ready to take her head off as soon as the cage locked! I don't remember having any thoughts other than seeing how scared she looked across the cage from me & that I was so ready for this! I ended up winning in the first round with a RNC & I remember it like it was yesterday! It was the best feeling in the world!

 

What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?

Oh, I don't know. You learn so much brim involved with this.
The first thing I would say, is how much self discipline I've picked up. One thing you have to be in the sport is disciplined. Like crazy disciplined, especially when you cut a lot of weight. Unless you hire someone to follow you around & slap food out of your hand, it's so hard to say no to those French fries everyone else is eating or the pizza that's brought to work for everyone & things like that. It's so easy to say "ahh, man I hurt my foot last night so I better take tonight off" or "I worked SO hard yesterday so I can probably skip my cardio today" but you can't! You have to push when it hurts & work when you least want to.

I've also learned confidence. This is something I still need improvement on but I'm way better. You have to be confident in this sport. You can't let doubt creep in your mind & you can't question your game or you won't succeed.

With that said, the training is so much more hardcore & intense than other sports & it taught me what my body can & can not do very quickly & you can do so much more than you think.

 

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Current:

 

What gym are you currently fighting out of?

For this camp I am training out of Thunderkick in Jenks, Ok. I work a little with other gyms & people but that's my home right now!

 

What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?

I went 5-0 as an amateur and am just starting my pro career at bantamweight. I fought bantam & feather as an ammy.

 

Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?

I do, mine is Mayhem! I don't have a reason or cool story, that's just the name I was given! I'm a sweet innocent girl until it's showtime this I release mayhem! Haha

 

If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?

Umm, I don't know I really think I'm becoming more well rounded. I would say my ground game just because I want to start working on my belts in the future.

 

What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

Other than my first win which I will never forget, my Invicta signing is definitely the best thing yet & is of course very memorable!

 

Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?

MMA is so much trial & error! There's so much you just have to learn for yourself in this sport. A big thing is the people you meet. There are some of the greatest fans & supporters of this sport! It's like a family. There are also, however, a lot of people that will come & go & try to hurt you when you were sure they were there to help you. That comes with most everything in life though. You will learn who to & not to trust. A good learning experience I had was with a bad & a good manager. I went from having a manager who did absolutely nothing for me to having a manager who goes above & beyond for me! That is a thing that a lot of people don't realize the importance of.

 

If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?

If you really want to fight then you need to be prepared for this road. Be prepared for this LIFESTYLE because that's what it is. It's not just a small part of your life when you're a fighter, it is your life. Have your mind set on what you want to do & don't let anyone get in your way or change your mind! Most importantly be you & be unique (: have fun because you will have the time of your life & meet some of the best people you know along the way!

 

Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?

I have a wonderful group of sponsors including RevgearIronjaw MouthGuards, Pro event sponsors/Ignite, Floating Mats, Sallisaw Family FitnessCommit ClothingSports FoodSoap-A-LiciousXionX, Brian Dubuc (@The_Scalper). I have the best management in the game, Jay with Fresh Start Entertainment. My boyfriend/ coach who does so much to help me & my family, friends & awesome fans are the best!!

 

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Future:

 

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

As of right now my goal is to make a statement at IFC9! After that I will just be looking to have success with Invicta & have fun with that experience!

 

What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?

I think it's great & only going to get better! WMMA is continuing to blow up & thrive thanks to organizations like Invicta & now the UFC & Bellator with their women's divisions. I think the sky is the limit right now.

 

If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?

I don't know actually, that's a hard question. The only thing I would like to change is the way some people view WMMA. A lot of guys just want to see half naked girls & watch us "wrestle around" & I wish they would appreciate the art of the sport & know how much we put into that fight.

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

10 years from now I'm not sure. I hope to either be holding down a belt at IFC or UFC or who knows I might be old & retired by then! However long my body can hold up!

 

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Fun Facts:

My favorite animal is a blue whale. I know it's random!

 

Favorite Food/Dish:

Cake/brownies or any kind of pasta with Alfredo

 

Favorite type of Music:

Country

 

Favorite Movie:

Seven Pounds

 

Favorite TV Show:

Modern Family

 

Favorite Quote:

"Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon"

 

Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:

I have 3 step boys. My boyfriend has 11, 6 & 3 year olds. They're a handful & yes I want to have one myself. Preferably a girl.

 

Best day of your life:

Hmm that's hard, I might say when I won football homecoming queen in high school. I loved high school & that's such a great memory I have!

 

Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

I've never been in a fight outside of the cage. I usually don't have any conflict!

 

Favorite Hobbies:

Lifting is my favorite haha! Other than that just hanging out with my boyfriend & friends. I like shopping & going to movies. Don't really have a particular hobby.

 

Who is your favorite super hero and why?

I'm not into all the super heros, I'm lame. I would say Wonder Woman though!

 

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Contact:

 

Facebook Page/Fan Page: Maegan "Mayhem" Goodwin

 

Twitter: @MissMayhem32

 

Instagram: @maeganelayne

 

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Jay General

@JayFreshStart  / JayFreshStart@Gmail.com

 

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About the Photographer

Gorilla Tactics Photography

Photographer: Morgan Clements

I started in MMA as a fan then moved to mange fighters. I always like photography but wanted to learn more. I started to learn from another photographer named Joseph Garza five years ago and from there just took off. Since that time I have worked with XFN/XFL, FCF, 5150 COMBAT, GLORY, STRIKING, LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP AND BATTLE GROUNDS MMA. I also do other sports photography as well as family photography but combat photography is where my passion is.

http://gorillatacticsphotography.wordpress.com

 
Jason Przewoznik is the owner of KnockoutLounge.com. KnockoutLounge.com was created to provide a haven for up and coming Mixed Martial Artists to share their stories and their careers with the fans; Supporting ALL fighters on the rise in a not-for-profit community.
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