Meet AJ Smith as he makes his Tuff N Uff Debut (7/3/2014)

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Amatuer MMA Fighter: AJ Smith

AJ Smith is an Amatuer Mixed Martial Artist fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada. AJ is currently scheduled to make his Tuff N Uff debut on July 3, 2014. Although AJ has not stepped in the cage yet due to two previously cancelled bouts, he promises that the MMA community will know who he is come Fight Night! When our friends at Tuff N Uff presented the Q&A to AJ, he wasted no time and sent it on over to us that same evening. …So, without further adue, let's get into the life and MMA future of AJ Smith!

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You can catch AJ Smith in Action at Tuff N Uff at the Texas Station on July 3rd of iPPV at www.tuffnuff.com


 

Early Life:

 

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)

I was born in Merced, CA and I grew up in Fairfield, CA. It's currently the 14th most dangerous city in United States, It is also the place that I called home for the majority of my life. It is where I got into my first and all the rest of the fights in my childhood. While I did get into my fair share of fights, I wasn’t that troubled kid. I usually became good friends with the kid after him and I would scrap or they were my good friends at first. I was the different one, the nerdy one. In a neighborhood where everyone aspired to be the hardest kid on the block, I was well spoken, I loved cartoons, and I was so fascinated with other countries. I think that the fact that I was even able to have friends where I lived was because of the diversity of my family. Like, I was so like the other kids, but so different… And my differences were encouraged by my aunts; One, Stephanie Fowlkes – a huge inspiration and mentor to me. We had so many conversations that I don’t tell to many people because all I tell them is that when she died she left me with what I needed to succeed on this earth! She made me strong enough to feel like I can handle anything. The other, is her younger sister, Robyn Fowlkes who lives in Las Vegas and she has been my rock. When I feel like I’m wavering she stands me up and tells me to get it together. …And there's my uncle who is so close to me in age, we’re more like brothers. Even though we live so far apart, we are best friends. We always used to fight, but would never let anyone hurt the other. We would compete at everything and he’s excelling in college with basketball and preparing for med school, so the talent isn’t shallow in the gene pool.

 

Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?

I played football everyday after school for 5 years, but my Grandma was so afraid to let me actually play, so I never got to venture into that. I had to play around the neighborhood, which eventually led me to parkour at a young age, so that’s what I was into and I still get down every now and then.

 

What is your favorite child-hood memory?

I don’t have one. I loved my childhood. My family and friends made it so special for me, but if I had to choose it would be whenever my family would come together for birthdays or parties or whatever.

 

Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?

When I was 4 I asked my aunt and my older cousin to make me a peanut butter sandwich…. With pickles, tomatoes, ketchup, jelly, honey, chocolate syrup, and more peanut butter. Finished it to.

I perfected wall running at 11.

 

 

Getting involved in MMA:

 

How did you get involved?

I was a little nerd, but I’ve always been interested in martial arts. There isn’t a single thing I don’t know about Dragonball Z and I love Bruce Lee. I studied him up and down and what I admire most about him is his dedication to his martial art(s) and the way he integrated his philosophies into every inch of his life. I think he had the best approach to martial arts and to physical expression, with respect to Gene Lebell. I believe that Bruce ushered, or at least sparked the minds of mind martial artists everywhere.

 

What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?

Muay Thai. …And it sucked, But I embraced it through my need for physicality, and the need to break into and extend potential.

 

At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?

When My Coach (Ron Fraizer) said” Hey this is what you got comin up.” …And just like any other instruction given I said "ok" and that was that.

 

What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?

1. To always take care business professionally, executively, and decisively so nothing is left to chance and everything that can be controlled is.

2. I’m more than just a fighter. As it is a sport, I as a participant am an entertainer, a brand, and my camp is a small business. So I have obligations that pertain to the fight world, but are not training or in cage orientated.

3. Live outside of the game. The fight has been around for thousands of years but as a men it will only allow you to participate for a fraction of your life.

 

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Current:

 

What gym are you currently fighting out of?

Fight Capital. With the Phd Fight Team

 

What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?

0-0 at 145

 

Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?

People call me the gentleman, but its not a fight nickname and its because of my display of manners at most times. I don’t think I’m anymore polite than I need to be.

 

If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?

Honestly, the improvements could come from everywhere and they are… and I’m happy about that.

 

If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?

Wake everyday and make a move towards your goal. Do the things you need to to get what you want; sacrifice for what you want. The amount of sacrifice and desperation gauges our determination as people.

 

Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?

The Man himself, Skipper Kelp. My Coaches, Ron Frazier, Jose Gonzales, David Howard, Jason “Ridiculous” Andrada, & Jonathan Balgame. My Pops who has always big a supporter of mine who you will see at the majority of my fights. My Aunt Robyn, and my girlfriend Julia Burke! She always there for me, always has been since we met.

 

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Future:

 

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

To conquer it and all of its inhabitants, and express my martial art to its maximum capacity and to inspire my students and everyone else that watches me.

 

What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?

The future looks bright, but the one things we are missing to compete with boxing's long standing stature is the air of respect for the sport and the way the fighters interact. Trash talk is ok, but there’s a certain heir of respect in regards to boxing as if its MMA’s older brother. We need to start carrying ourselves in higher esteem or we will never really be able to overcome that.

 

If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?

Unified Organizational Titles. Why Can boxers/Muay Thai Fighters fight for a WBA/IBF/WBO/USMTA title in the same fight but yet every major mma organization would love to monopolize the game. Yes I understand the logic behind why you can’t fight for a UFC title & a Bellator title in the same night, I get it. But if the suits don’t learn to open their minds we will have yet another wall even higher than the longevity of boxing.

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Defending my title, and watching the people around me grow; My students, my coaches, my loved ones.. you know? Nothing will feel better than handing my granfma those keys to that house in which she has to worry about nothing!

 

 

Fun Facts:

 

What are some "Fun Facts" about yourself?

I can out eat any heavy weight.

I love heights but I have mild vertigo

I am a huge cartoon addict

I collect movie tickets with my girlfriend

My dog responds more to the commands you would rather give a toddler than a trained dog

 

Favorite Food/Dish:

Shrimp Steak & lobster

 

Favorite type of Music:

Music that suits the mood, I’m in!

 

Favorite Movie:

Big daddy/The fast & furious series/Takers

 

Favorite TV Show:

YuYu Hakusho

 

Favorite Quote:

“A hustle without a plan, Is just a hallucination”- Earl Stevens

 

Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:

Winston, my one year old….. Dog

 

Best day of your life:

When I found what direction my heart wanted to go in.

 

Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

If I told you, it wouldn’t be unknown would it?

 

Favorite Hobbies:

Solving mysteries, or just making general inferences about the obvious things people miss over.

…But I also like to play on the jungle gym at Santa Monica Pier and shout out to hardcore parkour in Las Vegas.

 

Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Tony Stark & Bruce Wayne. Not batman or Ironman, but their alter egos, they make things happen around them and they enjoy the isolation & solitude of their homes and minds so I can relate on a personal level and they’re brilliant. They’re like two halves of the same person.

 

 

Contact:

 

Phone: 702-622-0951

 

Email: Svg_grizz@yahoo

 

Facebook: Personal Page

 

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries):  Ron Frazier at 702-498-1181

 

 

 

 

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Jason Przewoznik is the owner of KnockoutLounge.com. KnockoutLounge.com was created to provide a haven for up and coming Mixed Martial Artists to share their stories and their careers with the fans; Supporting ALL fighters on the rise in a not-for-profit community.
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