Q&A with Maurice Greene, a professional fighter from Chicago

Q&A with Maurice “The Pirate” Greene

On August 4th, heavyweight Maurice “The Pirate” Greene will go up against MTC’s Ed Carpenter at the Flawless Fighting Championship. At 6-feet-7 and 235 lbs, he is the first Emerald Smoke-trained fighter to compete professionally. With all eyes on Maurice and his first professional fight just a couple weeks away, we caught up with the 26-year-old to learn more about him and why, “If Carpenter is looking for a quick win, he is fighting the wrong guy.”

Q: How did you get your nickname “the Pirate”?

A:I was sick of being called “Big Thing,” “Big Guy,” so I named myself. I chose Pirate because I’ll tell you what — pirates are ruthless. They’ll do anything. And that’s how I feel about sports. I’ll do anything to get that belt around my waist.

Q: What made you decide to become a fighter?

A: It’s really funny ‘cause I used to think fighters were crazy. You couldn’t pay me enough money to get into a cage and let somebody beat the hell out of me. My friend encouraged me to check it out. When a fight came up, I’d only been training for a month and a half. But you know what? I did it anyway and I took the guy out in the third round. That was it for me.

Q: What was it like stepping into the ring for the first time?

A: My first fight was my hardest fight. I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous; I had butterflies in my stomach. I was actually sick to my stomach. I did it on a whim! I’d only had one and a half months of training at that point. I was slow, fat and jiggly!

Q: Do you remember what you thought stepping out of that first fight?

A: I felt great! I knocked somebody out. I wasn’t satisfied though. I’m never satisfied. I won’t be until the best organization in the world is paying me to fight.

Q: What advice would you give other fighters getting started?

A: Learn the sport. Learn the craft. Don’t just jump into MMA. Take the time to do it right. Take it seriously.

Q: Do you have a motto or philosophy when it comes to training or competing?

A: “Work hard. Eff luck.” You don’t get to the top being lucky. Maybe sometimes. But luck won’t keep you up there. You need to work hard.

Q: Who’s your all-time favorite fighter?

A: I model my moves after Anderson Silva. No one moves like him.

Q: What is your favorite entrance song?

A: Right now, it’s “Million Dollar Dreams” by my guys T-Billa and Smoke. What that means to me is exactly what it sounds like.

Q: What are you thinking about as the fight approaches?

A: People keep me asking me if I got a chin. That means can you take a shot in the chin without getting knocked out. You know what? I don’t know. All I can do is focus on what I can control and that’s me and my training.

But I’ll tell you this, I’m gonna be throwing flying knees; I’m gonna be throwing spinning back kicks; I’m gonna be throwing spinning elbows. Carpenter can train all he wants. If he wants a quick win, he is fighting the wrong guy. I can hit him three times before he even moves. Point blank — I’m the best.

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