A.K.A: That Guy
TEAM: Miletich Fighting Systems
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”
WEIGHT: 125 lbs
OUT OF: Bettendorf, IA
HOMETOWN: Houston, TX
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Josh “That Guy” Smith, born (April 4th, 1988) in New Orleans, Louisiana, he moved with his family to Houston, Texas where he grew up.
Josh found his start in MMA after a lifelong passion for wrestling. Josh wrestled in grade school, high school and college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he was on the NCAA national championship team. “I felt like I was cheated out of my senior year in college and high school through special circumstances but I did not want to stop being competitive. Then, I was introduced to MMA at the 802 Gym in Kearney. That’s where I met Jens Pulver and he became my mentor and has helped me get to where I am now,” says Smith. Josh Trains in overall Mixed Martial Arts at MFS (Miletich Fighting Systems) two times a day, seven days a week. “I am focused on every aspect of the game right now, it’s a lifestyle,” says Smith. Josh does not hold any professional MMA titles or belts thus far in his career but he previously held Legion Combat Sports 135 belt as an amateur.
Josh Smith considers his most impressive victory to be at RFA 7 against Toby Lopez. “I got the submission in less than a minute into the first round,” says Smith. Smith ranks himself on a scale of one to ten as a 7.4 in his ability to compete nationally because he does not believe that he will ever stop learning. “After coming out here to MFS I can see the light of MMA, I think I will get to the next level with the coaching and training that I am doing now,” says Smith. When asked who is the best fighter outside of the UFC at 125 Smith says, “ME.” “I think working hard, eating right and getting wins are going to get me to that next level. After this next fight I told my manager to keep going. I want as many wins as I can get while I am in this kind of shape,” says Smith.
When he is not training Josh has developed a taste for fishing and archery. “Since I moved out here to the quad cities, people have been taking me out fishing and shooting. I love it,” says Smith. When asked about how he feels about being part of the Grey Hat Program, Smith says, “It’s great man, it’s like having a family everywhere. I can go to different gyms and train and I am welcomed everywhere just because I have that connection. I feel like it’s something that is making MMA more of a family than just a sport sort of thing.”
Josh Smith is going to be coaching a kids wrestling program this fall and winter in the Quad cities area. “I feel like I want to give back to the community in any way I can and I believe I can be a positive influence in the lives of these kids,” says Smith. MMA Futures asked Josh for one thing that most people don’t know about him and he told us, “I am secretly a Nerd. You know those glasses that I wear? Everybody asks me if those are just for show and I kind of brush it off but, they’re real! They are really mine.”
Josh’s family has supported him from wrestling to now in his MMA career. “My mom is the strongest woman in the world. She supports me 100% and she is kind of hard on me because she never wants me to lose. Whenever I’m feeling down she picks me up and tells me to get to the gym or go do something to get my mind right. She is awesome,” says Smith. When Smith makes it back home to Houston he says, “When I go back home it is always with Raufeon and people always expect us to give a free clinic but we don’t mind it’s great to know that people back home look up to us an want our help.” When asked to sum up his life right now in one word Josh says, “Focused.” And he is. This young man is on the brink of exploding. Watch for Josh Smith to do big things soon in the world of MMA!
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