From troubled teen to pro MMA fighter:
After being an overweight, troubled teen, 24-year-old Canadian pro-MMA fighter, Teshay Gouthro managed to turn his life around. The Scrap got a chance to highlight Gouthro heading into his next fight for Prospect Fighting Championships.
His high school principal helped him discover a path to MMA training and a healthier lifestyle. Following another fight at school, Teshay Gouthro discussed future aspirations with his principal. The pair identified professional fighting as a career possibility.
The St. Catharines, ON, native with a pro record of 1-0, grew up in Welland, Ontario. He explained how he fell in love with MMA. Watching Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz battle it out inspired him. Now training at Niagara Top Team in St. Catharines, ON, the featherweight credits his current coaches. Pro MMA fighter Matt “The Cat” DiMarcantonio and Brock University wrestling coach Chris Prickett helped him develop as an athlete.
The newly opened Niagara Top Team is small, but “doing big things,” said Gouthro. Also, he mentioned lightweight, Anthony “The Genius” Romero and flyweight Jasmine Jasudavicius, as two of the up and coming pro fighters from the gym.
Coming off a June win against Paul Fisher via doctor’s stoppage at BTC 6, Teshay “My House” Gouthro will take on Shane “The Irish Hitman” Monaghan at Prospect Fighting Championships in London, ON. September 28. Monoghan fights out of MTC in Windsor, ON. is 1-0 as a pro after winning his first bout against Craig Powers at PFC 10 on June 15.
“I expect him to come with everything he has.”
Gouthro predicts a bloody battle. He asserts that “wherever I want to take the fight, that’s pretty much where it’s going to go,” and will be doing it “with a smile” on his face.
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The Scrap’s Caroline Romero is a journalism graduate and has 3 children involved in combat sport. Make sure to follow her son Simon Romero on his Behind The Grind podcast on YouTube.