Many of you younger fans will not be familiar with Maurice Smith, the former UFC heavyweight champion. That's too bad because Mo had two HUGE accomplishments in MMA: he was the first kickboxer to take the UFC heavyweight title (at that time the best in the world); and he helped Frank Shamrock develop the first fully well-rounded skill-set in MMA history, sending Frank on one of the all-time title runs.
Now Smith has added another unique accomplishment to his resume: he won a professional MMA bout at age 50, by KO.
Smith (13-13, 4-3 UFC, 50 years old ) fought Jorge Cordoba (4-3, 0-0 UFC, age unknown) at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2 in Kearney, Nebraska last night. MMA Mania's Adam Guillen, Jr reports on the fight:
The 50 year-old didn't look a day over 30 in his performance, connecting repeatedly at will on his young counterpart. Throughout the fight, Cordoba was the aggressor, rushing in and swinging wildly at times, but catching air for the most part. While, Smith remained calmed and picked his shots carefully, battering Cordoba's face.
With two minutes remaining the fight, it seemed Smith was well on his way to a unanimous decision victory, but that was not what the kick boxer had in mind. After eating a right hand from Smith, Cordoba tried to make some distance between he and the 50 year-old, but did so with his hands down. That was all Smith needed to connect with a clean head kick that put the young fighter out for the count.
The event also saw UFC veteran Gilbert Yvel take on Houston Alexander, Tara LaRosa and The Ultimate Fighter not-quite contestant Dakota Cochrane. Complete results after the jump.
Complete event results and animated gif of the KO after the jump:
Gilbert Yvel beat Houston Alexander via knockout at 3:59 of round 1
Cliff Wright Jr. beat Dakota Cochrane via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:40 of round 1
Maurice Smith beat Jorge Cordoba via knockout (head kick) at 2:05 of round 3
Tara LaRosa beat Kelly Warren via submission (armbar) at 4:59 of round 1
Derrick Lewis beat Justin Frazier via knockout at 2:37 of round 1
Tim Elliott beat Josh Rave via technical submission (darce-choke) at 0:28 of round 1
Jared Downing beatAlessandro Ferreira via unanimous decision
Laramie Shaffer beatAaron Ely via split decision
Elaina Maxwell beat Ashley Sanchez via unanimous decision
Tyler Shinn beat Cody Land via submission (north-south choke) at 3:53 of round 3
Aaron Derrow beat Jordan Johnson via submission (triangle choke) at 2:12 of round one 1
Angelo Antuna beat Chad Obermiller via submission (rear-naked choke) in round 2
Darrio Mobley beat John Gettle via technical knockout in round 3
Tyler Perry beat Wayman Carter via submission (arm-triangle choke) in round 1