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Josh Herdman, who played Draco Malfoy’s Slytherin crony Gregory Goyle in the Harry Potter movies, has traded wizarding duels for a different kind of combat.

Herdman made his MMA debut in London over the weekend, reportedly beating his opponent, Janusz Walachowski of Poland, by unanimous decision.

“I’ve been training traditional Japanese jujitsu for nearly five years and hold a shodan black belt, he told Britain’s Daily Mirror. “It’s raw, exciting and unpredictable. I find it more interesting than boxing although I appreciate the beauty and art in boxing. It also made sense to move onto MMA because of my jujitsu training.”

The 28-year-old added that he still hopes to act while pursuing this new career.

“I haven’t fallen out of love with [acting], I still have an agent and still go for auditions. It’s just a little bit like playing the lottery for a living,” he said. “I don’t see it so much as a career change, I am passionate about both acting and fighting.”