Goodridge-Angleo, Espinosa-Rodriguez added to Maverick MMA 2

Tommy Epsinosa has his hand raised after winning at Maverick MMA 2 on Friday, April 7, 2017. Photo Credit: Tommy Espinosa.

Maverick MMA 2 adds two professional bouts to the card, including a 195 lbs. catch-weight bout between Shedrick Goodridge (6-8 MMA, 0-0 MMMA) vs. Joey Angelo (5-1 MMA, 0-0 MMMA) and a flyweight match-up featuring Tommy Espinosa (1-1 MMA, 1-0 MMMA) and Christian Rodriguez (3-1 MMA, 0-0 MMMA.

The card is set for Sherman Theater in Stroudburg, Pennsylvania on July 1, 2017.

After a three year lay-off, Goodridge makes his return to MMA. The last time he stepped foot inside a cage came against Dirlei Broenstrup at Premier FC 7, losing via unanimous decision Sept. 20, 2014.

His last victory came at CFFC 36 on June 21, 2014 after finishing Eric Roncoroni with a first-round rear-naked choke.

The 27-year-old meets Las Vegas, Nevada’s own, Angelo. Since losing his professional debut by unanimous decision against Jordan Isordia at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 Nov. 2, 2012, Angelo won his next five bouts.

Most recently on Sept. 15, 2016, the 28-year-old put away Leon Klee by TKO in round 2 at Smash Global 4. In addition, he finished three out of his five victories.

At Maverick MMA’s inaugural event  on April 7, 2017, Espinosa finished Gregory Saumenig via first-round TKO. He will make his second appearance inside the promotions’s cage, the most out of any other professional fighter in Maverick MMA’s short history.

In his professional debut, the New Jersey native dropped a unanimous decision to Phil Caracappa at Ring of Combat 58 Feb. 24, 2017.

Standing across from Espinosa will be Rodriguez. In his last bout, he re-entered the win column after securing a arm-bar in the first round over Levon Sargsyan on July 10, 2015.

At CFFC 30 on Nov. 2, 2013, Rodriguez lost by TKO to Travis Wynn. His other two victories include submissions against Arthur Parker and Joe Hipps.

The card includes Chris Piriz (5-4 MMA, 0-0 MMMA)  as he makes the move up to featherweight. The former bantamweight will meet the cousin of UFC Lightweight Jim Miller, Thad Frick (2-4 MMA, 0-0 MMMA).

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.