Nashville’s Shannon Goughary pumped for hometown scrap

Nashville’s Shannon Goughary tries to climb to 2-0 as a pro when she throws down at Valor Fights 48 on March 31 in her hometown “Music City.” Before that, she checked in with FightBookMMA.

How did you find MMA to begin with?

I started kickboxing mostly for fun, but I really liked it, so I took a kickboxing fight. After that, I wanted to do MMA. I got to work on my jiu-jitsu, then tackled MMA.

If someone told you when you were growing up that you’d someday be fighting for a living, would you have believed them?

(Laughs) Probably. I didn’t get into a lot of fights or anything, but I’ve always thought this looked like fun. I always thought it would be something that I’d have fun doing.

Does fighting in your hometown of Nashville add any pressure to your situation, or is it something that you’re embracing?

I’m embracing it — I like it. It’s been almost three years since I’ve fought in Nashville — I’m always having to travel to find fights — so I love it. It’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be awesome to have that support.

What’s the most likely outcome for this fight?

I’m going to win. That would be the most likely outcome. I don’t know too much about my opponent, so I’m just going to go out and fight the way that I like to fight. Wherever the fight goes, I feel comfortable. I think I have the opportunity to finish anywhere.

What are your goals as a professional fighter?

I just love fighting right now. It’s a profession for me now, but it’s also something fun that I love. I’ll do it until it stops being fun.


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