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‘Harry Potter’ henchman becomes MMA fighter

Josh Herdman, left, played Gregory Goyle, sidekick to Tom Felton's Draco Malfoy, in the "Harry Potter" movies.

Josh Herdman, left, played Gregory Goyle, sidekick to Tom Felton’s Draco Malfoy, in the “Harry Potter” movies.

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Which “Harry Potter” actor has graduated from the wand to his bare hands?

Josh Herdman, who played Gregory Goyle, right-hand man of the villainous Draco Malfoy in the eight “Harry Potter” films, won his debut MMA fight Saturday at the City Pavillion in Romford, east London.

Herdman, who beat opponent Janusz Walachowski, told Mirror that he’d trained in traditional Japanese jujitsu for nearly five years and that the transition to MMA just made sense.

The fighter hasn’t given up on his primary dream of being an actor, however, adding, “I haven’t fallen out of love with it, I still have an agent and still go for auditions. It’s just a little bit like playing the lottery for a living.”

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Still, Herdman seems smitten with his new hobby. “It’s raw, exciting and unpredictable,” he explained.

For those of us who weren’t in London over the weekend, Herdman shared lots of pictures from the fight on his Twitter feed and the MMA organization who hosted the event, Rise of Champions, has made the entirety of the fight available online. Check it out below.

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