Marc Goddard talks death threats and fan anger in wake of UFC 245
Goddard revealed in a recent interview with UFC commentator Dan Hardy.
“You’re entitled to your own opinions (I don’t actually subscribe to that school of thought), but you’re not entitled to your own facts,” Goddard told Hardy. “You’re not, are you? Everybody wants an opinion on a fight, I’m more concerned about a reasoned opinion—if you give me a balanced, educated opinion. Look, if you’re driving a bus and I run alongside you at a traffic light and go, ‘You fucking dickhead, you’re driving the bus like a prick. Why are you doing that?’ Because that’s my timeline on Twitter and Instagram for two weeks. That’s my timeline. And, ‘You’re gonna die,’ and you’re this and that, ‘Kill yourself.’ ‘You’re scum,’ ‘You’re betting on fights,’ ‘You’re a cheat,’ you’re this. Mate, and I’m talking not one or two or 50 of that—hundreds. Literally hundreds. But, you know, that’s the life of a ref.”
“I’m still here, aren’t I? 20 years later. But, I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know. I don’t know is it worth it?” Goddard said, reflecting on the abuse he’s taken online. “You know, when something like that happens, it’s weird because… like I said with other sports, everybody saw Colby’s reaction and when he’s calling me this and that. It’s one thing to have an opinion, disagree with a stoppage, that’s one thing. When you’re calling me a ‘cocksucker’ and calling me a ‘cheat’–‘Don’t come back to America,’ ‘I’m gonna slap you’–and all of that, that’s a different thing, Dan Hardy. That’s a different thing altogether.”
“And people will go—obviously that fight: ‘Why did you stop Colby in that fight?’ Well, I think I’ve just articulated that pretty concisely,” said Goddard, after walking through his view on the final moments of the bout. “And if you don’t agree with me? So be it. As a fighter I can take that. Some of the fat—like I said mate, I’ve seen the abuse. I’m talking—because Colby was directly tagging me in these social media posts. Am I gonna rise to that? No, I’m not. You know, because I’m better than that. And I’m a professional and I’ll try and deal with it in a better way.”