Fiore MMA fighter and trainer, Eddie Smith, recently fought at CCCW VII and won in dominating fashion – showing some brutal ground and pound. He’s wasting no time in getting back into the cage as he will be fighting less than 1 month later this Friday, 11-11-11, in a special Veterans Day event for FIGHT ME Promotions inSt. Charles,IL.
Eddie took some time to chat with me on the day before his big bout.
CCCW: Hey Eddie, thanks for agreeing to this interview for us.
ES: No problem, man.
CCCW: So, since this is your first interview with CCCW, can you tell me a little bit about how you get into MMA and why you fight?
ES: I wrestled for a while. And, after wrestling I didn’t have any other way to compete. So, I was looking for something. Then, an opportunity came up to take a MMA fight – so I jumped at it. I didn’t really train that much for that fight, but after that I knew this was something I wanted to pursue.
CCCW: Cool. How long ago was that.
ES: About 3 years ago.
CCCW: I’ve heard people using a nickname of “The Smashing Machine” for you. And, it was pretty obvious how good of a fit that name was after watching your last fight where you ground and pounded your way to an impressive win at CCCW VII. But, I am curious as to who gave you that nickname?
ES: You know, I’m not really sure where it came from. It just happened I guess. That’s what everyone’s called me for the last couple of years.
CCCW: I have to admit that it was a bit counter intuitive as I see you as a really gentle and more soft spoken kind of guy. But, again, it was very evident that you can turn on that aggression when you want to when I saw you fight.
ES: Yeah, I guess you can say that the “Smashing Machine” is kind of my alter ego (laughs).
CCCW: I know that you have a very close relationship with your Head Coach Marc Fiore. Can you tell me how you two met?
ES: I was dating a girl who went to school near the HIT Squad. So, I moved out here to be with her, but it didn’t work out. However, I did meet Marc when I started training in MMA at the HIT Squad (Marc’s former gym).
I was always in his office, talking to him and annoying him. After a while, we got to be pretty close. So, when he moved out to Springfield to start Fiore MMA, he knew that I was kind of looking for where I wanted to make my next move. And, he actually offered to let me come and live with him and his family and train here.
CCCW: At Fiore MMA, many of the fighters are also trainers for the various classes. And, you’ve actually gained a reputation as one of the best trainers they have. How did you come to develop this skill?
ES: Training has been an interest of mine for a long time. I actually opened up a personal training studio inNew York when I got out of school. I also coached wrestling for a while.
But, I really felt like I’d rather compete while I’m young as opposed to training right now. So, I’m more focused on fighting than I am on training. I would say that I’m sure I’ll go back to working as a trainer full time after I’m done fighting.
Training is something I’ve been into since I was 13 or 14. I always enjoyed helping other athletes achieve their goals, and I get a lot of satisfaction out of that.
CCCW: This Friday you have a big fight. It’s very unique, in that you’re fighting on 11-11-11, and obviously that it’s on Veteran’s Day. So, there are many men who have served in the military on the card. What can you tell me about your opponent?
ES: I’m not really too sure, to be honest. I know that my opponent is making his pro debut. I usually don’t get too worried about what my opponent is going to do, but just try to focus on what I’m going to do in there. That’s the only thing that I can control. And, I feel pretty good about what I’m going to do in there.
CCCW: Anything that you’d like to say to your friends and fans?
I’m just excited for the opportunity to represent Fiore MMA. Marc has been a great friend to me, and I’m glad that we’ve had an opportunity to continue working together. Also, thanks to all of my training and sparring partners who have helped me prepare for this fight.
CCCW: Cool. Well, thanks again for your time, Eddie. Good luck tomorrow night!