I recently had the chance to meet Matt Morin. Matt Morin is a youth pastor who fights because he loves competition and thrives off the energy. Morin fights out of the Adrian Serrano Combat Sports Gym in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is scheduled to fight in Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Combat Challenge next Saturday on January 12, 2008. His opponent is Alberto Ramirez of Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy. This FCC 32 fight card features two semi-final bouts of a 155lb lightweight tournament. The winner of these semi-final bouts will meet in February and the winner of that bout will get to fight in Japan through Dave Strasser’s fighter exchange program.
Sherdog lists Morin’s record as (4-2) with a large break in between the first 3 and last 3 bouts listed. Since returning to fighting he is undefeated and has captured the KTK interim lightweight championship and is also the Combat USA lightweight champion. He has also finished his last three bouts all via submission.
Early in his career, which dates back as far as 1999, Morin had taken fights on less than 24 hours notice, with sporadic training and lack of preparation. He stated his success as of late is due to being more well rounded, getting better at all aspects of his game (BJJ, striking, and takedowns), and the team mentality used at Team Serrano. He now looks to frustrate his opponents by dictating where he wants the fight to go. His current goals are to win the 16-man Freestyle Combat Challenge 155lb lightweight tournament, fight in Japan, and finish all his fights by not going to decision.
I instantly recognized how intelligent and well-spoken Matt Morin was and think he would be a great ambassador, not only for the sport of MMA, but to represent the United States of America in Japan. Good luck next week in the semi-finals of the tournament.
This article was originally posted on http://www.wicombatsports.com/ on 01-05-08