Mo Smith wants to fight at the elite level, at 50


On March 30, 50-year-old Maurice Smith returned to MMA action for the first time in nearly four years, picking apart Jorge Cordoba before knocking him out in the third round of their matchup at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2. Smith expects to fight three more times this year for the organization, and has his sights set on the sport's elite.

“It was good to get back in there and play the game,” Smith told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show. "Age seemed to be everybody’s big concern, or the issue with everybody, but for me, it was just another fight. The guy was a tough kid. … He was above his level, but again, his heart definitely matched mine.”

“My goal is to win the fight,” Smith said. “Sure, everybody wants to see a knockout and a great brawl, but I like the art of fighting. I don’t like so much all this brawling. If I can beat you on skills that you should have -- you should be able to block or defend -- I’m happy with that. I have a different mindset than probably most fighters that are kill, kill, kill.”

“Getting to [205] for the first time was quite hard. That was tremendously hard for me. It took me seven hours to lose [the last several pounds], but once I got to the weight class, I wasn’t weak or what have you. But it shouldn’t take seven hours -- that’s what you’ve got to learn from that.”

Now that Smith has stepped back in the cage and scored a win, he wants to keep going. In fact, he expects to fight three more times this year in the RFA. He also thinks that with his experience and his striking skills, he can .

“What’s the point in fighting if you can’t [compete with the top light heavyweights in the sport]? Listen, I’m not focused on looking for a title necessarily, but I want to fight the best guys there are. Who’s to say that a guy who’s 205 and at the elite level is going to kick my butt? It’s not because of my age that I’m going to lose. … The guy that’s going to beat me is going to beat me because he’s a better fighter, not because of my age.”

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Domingo site profile image  

4/6/12 9:43 AM by Domingo

The Conan result definitely was pretty amazing. That was the first high profile beating BJJ got here in the US. Yes, Zinoviev beat Sperry, but that was after being more or less dominated prior. Smith did well for the entire Conan fight.I'll always remember that John Peretti insisted that Smith coming in with ankle wraps meant that his ankles were shot. WTF?

Kobayashi site profile image  

4/6/12 9:40 AM by Kobayashi

Conan getting ko'd was amazing, Smith even brought out a tape series afterwards " how to beat BJJ"

traneufcisback site profile image  

4/6/12 9:14 AM by traneufcisback

 How many Ogers are old enough to remember when Smith TKO'd Conan and the entire BJJ world was in shock?

cruedi site profile image  

4/6/12 9:08 AM by cruedi

Smith vs. Severn the fight that was supposed to happen in 97!

Blazing Knees site profile image  

4/6/12 9:05 AM by Blazing Knees

 The guy is my new hero now that Handy is gone. HOWEVER Cordoba has no skill whatsoever and shouldn't be a catalyst for career ambitions cuz he ko' ed him

AllAmericanBoxing site profile image  

4/6/12 2:00 AM by AllAmericanBoxing

 Mo vs Yvel would be a fucking beatdown. Come on now...

chaplinshouse site profile image  

4/6/12 1:01 AM by chaplinshouse

 if he really feels like his body can handle that shit, that's amazing in itself

UGCTT_tonetone site profile image  

4/5/12 8:00 PM by UGCTT_tonetone

in for ivel/mo at next event

NYmmanow265 site profile image  

4/5/12 7:31 PM by NYmmanow265

Yvel is to much for Mo maybe if he beats houston first

CLINTK9 site profile image  

4/5/12 7:20 PM by CLINTK9

how about Mo vs Yvel for next event?