Maurice Smith (fighter)

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Maurice L. Smith[1] (born December 13, 1961) is a retired American kickboxer and mixed martial artist. In kickboxing, he held the WKC (World Kickboxing Council) world light heavyweight championship, the WKA (World Kickboxing Association) world heavyweight championship, and the ISKA (International Sport Karate Association) world heavyweight championship.[2] In mixed martial arts, he held the Heavyweight championship in Battlecade Extreme Fighting and the UFC, and became a member of the UFC Hall of Fame in 2017. A professional competitor since 1980, Smith has formerly competed in kickboxing for the companies All Japan Enterprise and K-1, Pancrase, RINGS, PRIDE, Strikeforce, International Fight League and RFA.

Maurice Smith
Maurice Smith 1999.jpg
Born (1961-12-13) December 13, 1961 (age 60)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Other namesMo
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (1993-2008, 2013)
Light Heavyweight (2012)
TeamThe Alliance
Years active1980–2008, 2012–2013
Professional boxing record
By knockout2
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission3
By decision3
By submission8
By decision4
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 24, 2013 (2013-05-24)


Raised in Seattle, Washington, Smith got into martial arts at the age of 13 after watching Bruce Lee's Chinese Connection, and having had to retreat from a fight. He trained in karate, taekwondo and wing chun, until he found the sport of kickboxing at age 18. Smith attended West Seattle High School, where he played football and participated in gymnastics.[3]

Kickboxing careerEdit

Smith won his first seven amateur kickboxing matches and then turned professional. His first fight was on March 4, 1982 against World Kickboxing Council's Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Morelli, who defeated him by decision after the seventh round. Seeing he had lost due to his lack of cardio, Smith started to train extensively to improve it, and fourteen months later, he went to his rematch as a new fighter. He then defeated Morelli by KO via roundhouse kick also in the seventh round, winning the championship.

Later that year, he was called for a non-title fight in Japan against the renowned Don "The Dragon" Wilson, and although Smith lost the fight, he had shown heads in the kickboxing world that he was on the way up. Maurice moved up a weight class and won the World Kickboxing Association Heavyweight Championship from Travis Everett, knocking him out via low kicks.

In 1984, Smith went to compete in Holland, beating Marcel Swank in the first round. Smith 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 careerEdit

Smith had his first contact with mixed rules of fight, when he was invited in November 1989 by the Japanese professional wrestling promotion UWF Newborn. He was scheduled to face up-and-coming wrestler Masakatsu Funaki in a mixed rules fight, but his opponent got injured and was replaced with training partner Minoru Suzuki. During the fight, Smith kept negating Suzuki's takedown attempts by employing the pro wrestling-ruled rope scapes and a rudimentary sprawl ability, knocking him out several times with strike before finishing him with a right punch at the fourth round. The event sold out the Tokyo Dome and broke record gates. On October 4, 1992, Smith would face Funaki in an exhibition fight for Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi, ending in a draw.

In 1993, Smith debuted for the mixed martial arts promotion Pancrase founded by Funaki and Suzuki. He took part in a kickboxing rules fight against Suzuki in the event Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3. Later, he was scheduled to compete in a special rules MMA fight, in which the first and third rounds would be fought wearing boxing gloves, the second and fourth barehanded, and the fifth with only Smith wearing them. However, Smith lost the fight when Suzuki took him down at round 3 and made him tap to an armbar.

The next year, he took part in the King of Pancrase tournament. Maurice beat Takaku Fuke on the first round but fell to Ken Shamrock via arm triangle choke. He would go to lose twice to Bas Rutten, however his loss to Shamrock was more instrumental to his career, as he became friends with him and was sent to his dojo in United States, the Lion's Den, to learn proper MMA. There he met Frank Shamrock, who he formed a close relationship with. Shamrock and Smith worked synergistically; Shamrock, a submission specialist, improved Smith's ground game, while Smith in return improved Shamrock's striking. Along with Japanese fighter Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, who had befriended Frank after a fight between them in Fighting Network RINGS, Smith and Shamrock eventually formed their own MMA team, called the Alliance.

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, as well as a remarkable submission defensive whenever Silveira was able to engage him on the ground. Smith then knocked out Silveira in the third round with a roundhouse 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 and pro wrestling exponent Kazunari Murakami. Although Murakami surprisingly dropped Smith with a palm strike at the beginning, Smith escaped from his ground game and hit a barrage of leg kicks against the prone Japanese, and later knocked him out with a single punch. After the win, the company folded and Maurice joined the largest MMA promotion in the United States, the UFC.

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 attacks. After nearly 15 minutes of attempting to damage Smith through his guard, Coleman was exhausted, allowing Smith to capitalize on the feet. Eventually, he won the decision against an exhausted and damaged Coleman.

Smith then successfully defended his belt against David "Tank" Abbott winning after Abbott was too exhausted to continue, before losing his belt to MMA legend Randy Couture by majority decision, in a controversial fight that many viewers deemed as a fight that Smith should have won; especially since Smith was the reigning and defending UFC heavyweight champion.

Return to MMAEdit

On May 19, 2007 Maurice Smith had his first MMA bout in almost seven years when he defeated Marco Ruas by TKO in a rematch at an International Fight League show held in Chicago. He saved his energy for the first rounds, making little action, before turning to attack and dropping Ruas thrice with striking combinations for the towel throw.

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 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.[4] Weeks before the fight, though, Lopez was forced to pull out of the fight due to an unspecified illness.

Smith returned to the Heavyweight division and lost a unanimous decision to Matt Kovacs at Cage Warrior Combat (CWC) 9 on November 2, 2013.[5]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


Mixed martial artsEdit

Kickboxing recordEdit

Kickboxing Record
53 Wins, 13 Losses, 5 Draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2005-11-07 Loss   Chris Chrisopoulides No Respect 3 Melbourne, Australia Decision 3 3:00
2003-05-02 Loss   Rick Roufus K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas Semi Finals Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2003-05-02 Win   Giuseppe DeNatale K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas Quarter Finals Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2003-04-06 Win   Tsuyoshi K-1 Beast 2003 Yamagata, Yamagata, Japan Decision (Majority) 3 3:00
2001-08-11 Loss   Peter Aerts K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Las Vegas Semi Finals Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00
2001-08-11 Win   Jörgen Kruth K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Las Vegas Quarter Finals Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2001-05-05 Win   Michael McDonald K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary USA Final Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Ext.R Decision (Split) 4 3:00
Wins K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary USA and qualifies for K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Las Vegas.
2001-05-05 Win   Gunter Singer K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary USA Semi Finals Las Vegas, Nevada, United States KO (Right punch) 2 0:24
2001-05-05 Win   Pedro Fernandez K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary USA Quarter Finals Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
1999-08-22 Loss   Andy Hug K-1 Spirits '99 Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
1999-06-06 Loss   Peter Aerts K-1 Survival '99 Sapporo, Japan TKO (Corner stoppage) 3 2:44
1998-09-27 Loss   Mike Bernardo K-1 World Grand Prix '98 Opening Round Osaka, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Fails to qualify for K-1 Grand Prix '98 Final Round.
1998-08-07 Loss   Ernesto Hoost K-1 USA Grand Prix '98 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
1998-05-24 Draw   Jean-Claude Leuyer Draka V Los Angeles, California, United States Decision Draw
Fight was for Draka World Super Heavyweight title.
1998-04-09 Draw   Masaaki Satake K-1 Kings '98 Yokohama, Japan Decision Draw 5 3:00
1997-02-01 Loss   Jérôme Le Banner Le Choc des Champions Paris, France Decision 5 3:00
Fight was for Le Banner's ISKA Full-contact World Super Heavyweight title.
1994-07-30 Win   Frank Lobman AJKF Destiny VII Nagoya, Japan KO (Left high kick) 3
Wins the WKA World Heavyweight Muay Thai title.
1993-12-04 Win   Alex Desir Las Vegas, Nevada, United States KO (Punch) 10
Retains WKA Heavyweight World title.
1993-11-08 Win   Minoru Suzuki Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3 Kobe, Japan KO (Right hook) 3 0:52
1993-04-30 Loss   Ernesto Hoost K-1 Grand Prix '93 Semi Finals Tokyo, Japan KO (Left high kick) 3 1:18
1993-04-30 Win   Toshiyuki Atokawa K-1 Grand Prix '93 Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
1993-03-27 Win   Marcus Fuckner All Japan Kickboxing Federation Tokyo, Japan KO 5
1993-03-07 Loss   Peter Aerts The Night of the Shock Amsterdam, Netherlands KO (Right high kick) 4 2:07
1992-04-09 Loss   Peter Aerts Paris, France Decision 9 2:00
1992-03-16 Win   Steven Kruwell World Martial Arts Challenge Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TKO (Low kicks) 2 1:41
Fight was an elimination fight for the WMAC Heavyweight World title held by Dennis Alexio. Despite talks Smith and Alexio would never meet in the ring.
1991 Win   Stan Longinidis Sydney, Australia Decision (Split) 12 2:00
Retains WKA Heavyweight World title.
1991-06-29 Win   Andre Mannaart Thriller from Paris I Paris, France KO 2
1991-05-26 Win   Peter Smit "Soar Into Space" Chapter III Tokyo, Japan KO 5 1:13 38-3-3
1991-03-30 Win   Kees Bessems "Soar Into Space" Chapter II Tokyo, Japan KO 1
1990-12-09 Win   Kees Bessems Sammi Kebchi Promotion France, Paris KO 2
1990-09-09 Win   Floyd Brown "Inspiring Wars Heat-928" Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
1990-01-20 Win   Kevin Rosier "Inspiring Wars" 1 Tokyo, Japan KO 2 33-3-3
Retains WKA Heavyweight World title.
1987-09-05 Win   Steve Tremblay All Japan Kickboxing Federation "Super Fight 2" Tokyo, Japan KO 5
Retains WKA Heavyweight World title.
1987 Win   Dino Homsey
Retains WKA Heavyweight World title.
1987 Win   Bill Morrison Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TKO (Low kicks) 8 0:55
Retains WKA Heavyweight World title.
1986 Win   Raymond Horsey Atlanta, Georgia, USA KO (Low Kicks)
Retains WKA Heavyweight World title.
1984 Win   Marcel Schwank Netherlands KO 1
1983 Win   Dana Goodson
Retains WKA Heavyweight World title.
1983 Win   Travis Everett Mexico City, Mexico KO (Low Kicks) 13-2
Wins WKA Heavyweight World title.
1983 Win 12-2
1983-05-21 Loss   Don Wilson Tokyo, Japan Decision 11 2:00 11-2
Fight was for vacant WKA Cruiserweight World title.
1983-00-00 Win 11-1
1983-00-00 Win   Tony Morelli Hawaii, United States KO (Kick) 7 10-1
Wins WKC Light Heavyweight World title.
1983-00-00 Win   Don Nakaya Nielsen Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Decision 7 2:00 9-1
1983-00-00 Loss   Tony Morelli Surrey, Canada Decision 7 2:00 8-1
Makes professional kickboxing debut.
1981-00-00 Win   Marcus Ector Everett, WASHINGTON KO 7-0
1981-00-00 Win   Pat Peters Surrey, Canada KO 6-0
1981-00-00 Win   Scott Rohr Portland, OR KO 5-0
1981-00-00 Win   Ken Orr Everett, WASHINGTON KO 4-0
1981-02-26 Win   Wade Woodbury Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Decision (Split) 3-0
1981-01-17 Win   Rich Mason Everett, WASHINGTON KO 2-0
1980-09-20 Win   Kelly Worden Tacoma, WASHINGTON KO 1-0
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 14 wins 14 losses
By knockout 9 0
By submission 2 8
By decision 3 4
Unknown 0 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.
Win 14–13 Jorge Cordoba KO (head kick) RFA 2: Yvel vs. Alexander March 30, 2012 3 2:05 Kearney, Nebraska, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Loss 13–13 Hidehiko Yoshida Submission (neck crank) 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 the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 7–7 Tank Abbott TKO (leg kicks) UFC 15 October 17, 1997 1 8:08 Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 6–7 Mark Coleman Decision (unanimous) UFC 14 July 27, 1997 1 21:00 Birmingham, Alabama, United States Won the 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 the 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 the 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[6] 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: Road to the Championship 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

Mixed rulesEdit

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Minoru Suzuki KO (punch) UWF U-Cosmos November 29, 1989 4 1:05 Tokyo, Japan


  1. ^ NSAC report of K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary USA
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (April 23, 2017). "Maurice Smith named to 2017 UFC Hall of Fame class". MMA Fighting. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Strikeforce | Maurice Smith can't subdue competitive drive". February 22, 2008.
  4. ^ "Maurice Smith returns to the RFA to face TUF alum Ryan Lopez at RFA 3". June 5, 2013. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Matt Kovacs vs. Maurice Smith". November 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Pancrase: 1995 Anniversary Show Official Results". September 1, 1995.

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July 27, 1997 – December 21, 1997
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