Maurice Smith (kickboxer)

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Maurice Smith
Born(1961-12-13) December 13, 1961 (age 51)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Other namesMo
NationalityAmerican
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight106 kg (230 lb; 16.7 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
Light Heavyweight (2012)
StyleKickboxing, Boxing
StanceOrthodox
TeamThe Alliance
Years active1980–2008, 2012-present
Professional boxing record
Total1
Losses1
By knockout1
Kickboxing record
Total71
Wins53
Losses13
Draws5
Mixed martial arts record
Total26
Wins13
By knockout7
By submission3
By decision3
Losses13
By submission8
By decision3
Unknown2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 24, 2013 (2013-05-24)
 
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Maurice Smith
Born(1961-12-13) December 13, 1961 (age 51)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Other namesMo
NationalityAmerican
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight106 kg (230 lb; 16.7 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
Light Heavyweight (2012)
StyleKickboxing, Boxing
StanceOrthodox
TeamThe Alliance
Years active1980–2008, 2012-present
Professional boxing record
Total1
Losses1
By knockout1
Kickboxing record
Total71
Wins53
Losses13
Draws5
Mixed martial arts record
Total26
Wins13
By knockout7
By submission3
By decision3
Losses13
By submission8
By decision3
Unknown2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 24, 2013 (2013-05-24)

Maurice Smith (born December 13, 1961) is an American mixed martial artist, and former boxer, kickboxer and UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Biography[edit]

Kickboxing career[edit]

Smith won his first professional kickboxing title in 1983 for the World Kickboxing Council by defeating light heavyweight champion Tony Morelli by knockout in the seventh round. Later that year, he won the World Kickboxing Association heavyweight title from Travis Everett with a KO via low kicks. Smith then went ten straight years without a loss.

He also had a notable win in 1991 over Stan Longinidis who, at the time, was tearing through the ranks and was regarded as a super up and coming fighter. Maurice won this 12 round match by split decision after coming back from a knock down in the first round by Stan and surviving an early onslaught.

In 1993, Smith was invited to the K-1 Grand Prix '93 along with seven of the world's best light heavyweight and heavyweight kickboxers. Smith won his first match by defeating Japanese fighter Toshiyuki Atokawa in the quarter finals by unanimous decision. In the semifinals he met Dutch fighter and future K-1 legend, Ernesto Hoost, where after a hard fought battle Smith was knocked out by left highkick in the final round, ending his tournament.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

After a stint in Japanese promotions Pancrase and RINGS, accumulating a 4-7 record, Smith joined Battlecade Extreme Fighting in 1996 to fight against the heavyweight champion Marcus "Conan" Silvira. Throughout the fight Maurice showed excellent use of the sprawl technique which negated the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter's attempts at takedowns. Smith then knocked Conan out in the third round with a kick to the head. In doing so, he became the Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Champion and became the first legitimate striker to win a top end MMA event.

He then defended his title in the fourth show against judo exponent Kazunari Murakami with a first round knockout. After the win, the company folded and Maurice joined the largest MMA promotion in the United States, the UFC.

Smith developed a close relationship with Frank Shamrock, who he met while training at the Lion's Den. Shamrock and Smith worked synergistically; Shamrock, a submission specialist, vastly improved Smith's ground game while Smith, in return, vastly improved Shamrock's striking. Smith and Shamrock eventually formed their own MMA team, called the Alliance.

At UFC 14 on July 27, 1997, Smith faced UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman in a title fight. Smith was considered to be a massive underdog for the bout, but shocked the mixed martial arts world with a unanimous decision victory to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. With this win, Smith became the first striker to survive the attack of a world class wrestler. He then successfully defended his belt against David "Tank" Abbott winning via strikes due to leg kicks, before losing his belt to MMA legend Randy Couture by majority decision, in a close fight.

Return to MMA[edit]

On May 19, 2007 Maurice Smith had his first MMA bout in almost seven years when he defeated Marco Ruas by TKO at an International Fight League show held in Chicago. On February 23, 2008 at a Strikeforce event entitled Strikeforce: At The Dome held at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, Smith defeated kickboxer Rick Roufus, who was making his MMA debut, by submission at 1:53 of the first round.

Maurice Smith was the coach of the Seattle Tiger Sharks of the International Fight League from 2006 to 2007. He is currently associated with Team Alliance.

Smith returned to MMA on Friday March 30, 2012 at the second Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) card against Jorge Cordoba, his first career fight as a light heavyweight. After spending the first two rounds picking apart Cordoba with various strikes, Maurice finished the fight with a head kick knockout. He was scheduled to fight Ryan Lopez on June 30, 2012 at Resurrection Fighting Alliance's third event, RFA 3, but Lopez pulled out due to an unspecified illness. This would have been Smith's second career fight at light heavyweight.

Smith returned to the heavyweight division and lost a unanimous decision to Matt Kovacs at Cage Warrior Combat (CWC) 9 on November 2, 2013.[1][2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win13–13Jorge CordobaKO (head kick)RFA 2 - Yvel vs. AlexanderMarch 30, 201232:05Kearney, Nebraska, United StatesDrops to Light Heavyweight
Loss12–13Hidehiko YoshidaSubmission (cobra choke)Sengoku 3June 8, 200812:23Saitama, Japan
Win12–12Rick RoufusSubmission (straight armbar)Strikeforce: At The DomeFebruary 23, 200811:53Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win11–12Marco RuasTKO (corner stoppage)IFL: ChicagoMay 19, 200743:43Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss10–12Renato SobralDecision (unanimous)UFC 28November 17, 200035:00Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win10–11Bobby HoffmanDecision (majority)UFC 27September 22, 200035:00New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Loss9–11Renzo GracieSubmission (straight armbar)Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block BDecember 22, 199910:50Tokyo, Japan
Win9–10Branden Lee HinkleDecision (majority)Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block BDecember 22, 199925:00Tokyo, Japan
Loss8–10Marcus SilveiraSubmission (arm-triangle choke)WEF 7 - Stomp in the SwampOctober 9, 199922:48Kenner, Louisiana, United States
Win8–9Branko CikaticSubmission (forearm choke)Pride 7September 12, 199917:33Yokohama, Japan
Win7–9Marco RuasTKO (corner stoppage)UFC 21July 16, 199915:00Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Loss6–9Kevin RandlemanDecision (unanimous)UFC 19March 5, 1999115:00Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States
Loss6–8Randy CoutureDecision (majority)UFC JapanDecember 21, 1997121:00Yokohama, JapanLost UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win6–7Tank AbbottSubmission (exhaustion)UFC 15October 17, 199718:08Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United StatesDefended UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win5–7Mark ColemanDecision (unanimous)UFC 14July 27, 1997121:00Birmingham, Alabama, United StatesWon UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Year (1997).
Win4–7Kazunari MurakamiKO (punch)Extreme Fighting 4March 28, 199714:23Des Moines, Iowa, United StatesDefended Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship
Loss3–7Akira MaedaN/ARings - Budokan Hall 1997January 22, 1997N/AN/ATokyo, Japan
Win3–6Marcus SilveiraTKO (head kick)Extreme Fighting 3October 18, 199631:36Tulsa, Oklahoma, United StatesWon Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship
Loss2–6Kiyoshi TamuraSubmission (armbar)Rings - Maelstrom 6August 24, 1996110:58Tokyo, Japan
Loss2–5Tsuyoshi KohsakaN/ARings - Budokan Hall 1996January 24, 1996N/AN/ATokyo, Japan
Loss2–4Bas RuttenSubmission (rear-naked choke)Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 6November 4, 199514:34Yokohama, Japan
Loss2–3Bas RuttenSubmission (kneebar)Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 4May 13, 199512:10Chiba, Japan
Loss2–2Ken ShamrockSubmission (arm-triangle choke)Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening RoundDecember 16, 199414:23Tokyo, Japan
Win2–1Takaku FukeKO (knee)Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening RoundDecember 16, 199412:48Tokyo, Japan
Loss1–1Minoru SuzukiSubmission (armbar)Pancrase - Pancrash! 1May 31, 199430:36Tokyo, Japan
Win1–0Minoru SuzukiKO (punch)Pancrase - Yes, We are Hybrid Wrestlers 3November 8, 199330:52Tokyo, Japan

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Preceded by
Mark Coleman
2nd UFC Heavyweight Champion
July 27, 1997 - December 21, 1997
Succeeded by
Randy Couture