ATLANTIC CITY - Mtume Goodrum is still looking for his first professional victory in mixed martial arts.
The 31-year-old Galloway Township resident fell to 0-4 Saturday night by suffering a second-round TKO against Sidney Outlaw (1-0), of Philadelphia, in the opening bout of Cage Fury Fighting Championships 19 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Goodrum's trainer, Jose Tabora, convinced referee Dan Miragliotta to stop the bout at 4 minutes, 4 seconds of the second round after watching Goodrum absorb a lot of punishment.
"I threw in the towel, but the referee didn't see it, so I started banging on the steps," said Tabora, who owns Bullpen Vale Tudo in Egg Harbor Township, where Goodrum trains. "You don't want to see things go overboard and someone get hurt. I did it to protect my fighter."
Goodrum, a former standout wrestler at Absegami High School - he finished second in the state championships three straight years - could have refused to fight after Outlaw weighed in a pound and a half over the contracted weight of 156 on Friday.
Instead, he agreed to let Outlaw pay him a $300 penalty and go through with the bout.
"I never even considered not fighting," Goodrum said. "I trained seven months for a fight, so there was never a question that I was going to fight him. I wanted to fight."
Goodrum, who is also an assistant wrestling coach at Holy Spirit High School, got taken down in the opening 30 seconds of the scheduled three-round bout and was unable to work free.
The second round followed the same pattern, but Outlaw began landing powerful punches that got through Goodrum's defense. Goodrum suffered cuts above his right eye and on his bottom lip. In addition, he hurt his right knee.
Goodrum said afterward that his knee has been popping out "sporadically" for almost a year. He indicated that he will resume fighting as soon as he is medically cleared to do so by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.
"Mtume has potential," Tabora said. "He's a good fighter who has just had some bad luck. He wants to prove that he's a good fighter. He just needs a break."
In another bout, Buena Vista Township resident Mike Wilcox (2-2) also suffered a second-round loss.
Dervin Lopez (2-0), from Tampa, Fla., caught Wilcox in a triangle choke and forced Wilcox to tap out at 1:51 of the round. Wilcox wrestled for Buena Regional High School and won a national championship for Delaware Valley College.
Millville native Robert Fabrizi (2-1) endured his first loss via second-round TKO to Jared Gordon, of Astoria, N.Y.
Gordon caught Fabrizi, a former wrestler for Millville High School, with a right cross. When Fabrizi hit the canvas, Gordon (2-0) jumped on him and knocked out Fabrizi's mouthpiece with another right that prompted referee Kevin Mulhall to stop the bout at 2:32.