Maurice Smith (kickboxer)
December 13, 1961 |
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||93.44 kg (206.0 lb; 14.714 st)|
|Division||Heavyweight (1993-2008, 2013-present)
Light Heavyweight (2012)
|Years active||1980–2008, 2012-present|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Maurice L. Smith (born December 13, 1961) is an American mixed martial artist and former UFC Heavyweight Champion who most recently competed in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 1980, Smith has formerly competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, PRIDE FC, Pancrase, the IFL, RINGS, the RFA, and World Victory Road.
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 Championship 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 knockdown 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 quarterfinals 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
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" Silveira. 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 out Silveira 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, improved Smith's ground game while Smith, in return, 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. Through the use of an active guard, Smith was able to negate Coleman's vaunted "ground and pound" attack. After nearly 15 minutes of attempting to damage Smith through his guard Coleman was exhausted, allowing Smith to capitalize on the feet. 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
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.
Smith returned to MMA on 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. Weeks before the fight, though, Lopez was forced to pull out of the fight 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.
Championships and accomplishments
- 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Preliminary USA winner
- K-1 World Grand Prix '93 Tournament Semifinalist
- International Sport Karate Association
- I.S.K.A. World Muay Thai Heavyweight Champion (1996)
- World Kickboxing Association
- W.K.A. World Kickboxing Heavyweight Champion (1983)
- W.K.C. Light-Heavyweight World Champion (1983)
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- Extreme Fighting
- Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship 3 Marcus "Conan" Silveira
- Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship 4 Murakami Kazanari
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- 1997 Most Outstanding Fighter
- 1997 Fight of the Year vs. Mark Coleman on July 27
- Black Belt Magazine
- 2001 Full-Contact Fighter of the Year 
53 Wins, 13 Losses, 5 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||14 wins||14 losses|
|Loss||14–14||Matt Kovacs||Decision (unanimous)||CWC 9: Cage Warrior Combat 9||November 2, 2013||3||5:00||Kent, Washington, United States||Return to Heavyweight division.|
|Win||14–13||Jorge Cordoba||KO (head kick)||RFA 2: Yvel vs. Alexander||March 30, 2012||3||2:05||Kearney, Nebraska, United States||Drops to Light Heavyweight.|
|Loss||13–13||Hidehiko Yoshida||Submission (cobra choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3||June 8, 2008||1||2:23||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||13–12||Rick Roufus||Submission (straight armbar)||Strikeforce: At The Dome||February 23, 2008||1||1:53||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Win||12–12||Marco Ruas||TKO (corner stoppage)||IFL: Chicago||May 19, 2007||4||3:43||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||11–12||Renato Sobral||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 28||November 17, 2000||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–11||Bobby Hoffman||Decision (majority)||UFC 27||September 22, 2000||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||10–11||Renzo Gracie||Submission (straight armbar)||RINGS: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||1||0:50||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–10||Branden Lee Hinkle||Decision (majority)||RINGS: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||9–10||Marcus Silveira||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||WEF 7: Stomp in the Swamp||October 9, 1999||2||2:48||Kenner, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||9–9||Branko Cikatic||Submission (forearm choke)||Pride 7||September 12, 1999||1||7:33||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||8–9||Marco Ruas||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 21||July 16, 1999||1||5:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||7–9||Kevin Randleman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 19||March 5, 1999||1||15:00||Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||7–8||Randy Couture||Decision (majority)||UFC Japan||December 21, 1997||1||21:00||Yokohama, Japan||Lost UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–7||Tank Abbott||Submission (exhaustion)||UFC 15||October 17, 1997||1||8:08||Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States||Defended UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–7||Mark Coleman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 14||July 27, 1997||1||21:00||Birmingham, Alabama, United States||Won UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Year (1997).|
|Win||5–7||Kazunari Murakami||KO (punch)||Extreme Fighting 4||March 28, 1997||1||4:23||Des Moines, Iowa, United States||Defended Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||4–7||Akira Maeda||N/A||RINGS: Budokan Hall 1997||January 22, 1997||N/A||N/A||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–6||Marcus Silveira||TKO (head kick)||Extreme Fighting 3||October 18, 1996||3||1:36||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||Won Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||3–6||Kiyoshi Tamura||Submission (armbar)||RINGS: Maelstrom 6||August 24, 1996||1||10:58||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||3–5||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||N/A||RINGS: Budokan Hall 1996||January 24, 1996||N/A||N/A||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||3–4||Bas Rutten||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase: Eyes Of Beast 6||November 4, 1995||1||4:34||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||3–3||Manabu Yamada||KO (punch)||Pancrase: 1995 Anniversary Show||September 1, 1995||2||1:46||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2–3||Bas Rutten||Submission (kneebar)||Pancrase: Eyes Of Beast 4||May 13, 1995||1||2:10||Chiba, Japan|
|Loss||2–2||Ken Shamrock||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening Round||December 16, 1994||1||4:23||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–1||Takaku Fuke||KO (knee)||Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening Round||December 16, 1994||1||2:48||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1–1||Minoru Suzuki||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase: Pancrash! 1||May 31, 1994||3||0:36||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Minoru Suzuki||KO (punch)||Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3||November 8, 1993||3||0:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||1 win||0 losses|
|Win||1–0||Minoru Suzuki||KO (punch)||UWF U-Cosmos||November 29, 1989||4||1:05||Tokyo, Japan|
- NSAC report of K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary USA
- "Maurice Smith returns to the RFA to face TUF alum Ryan Lopez at RFA 3". onthemat.com. June 5, 2013.
- "Matt Kovacs vs. Maurice Smith". tapology.com. November 2, 2013.
- "Pancrase: 1995 Anniversary Show Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. September 1, 1995.
- Professional MMA record for Maurice Smith from Sherdog
- Professional boxing record for Maurice Smith from BoxRec
- Profile at K-1
|2nd UFC Heavyweight Champion
July 27, 1997 - December 21, 1997