Every great fighter in the game today had to get their start somewhere. Whether it came by way of amateur competition, wrestling, or traditional martial arts competition, no one starts at the top.
Maurice Senters is a 26-year-old fighter from Las Vegas, Nev.
Currently 3-1 in MMA and 7-3 in Muay Thai as an amateur, Senters is only at the beginning of his journey towards greatness.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to this future star about his road as a fighter thus far.
Robert Gardner: What drew you to MMA to begin with?
Maurice Senters : I have been a fan of the sport and the UFC since I saw my first fights on TV back in 1994, but growing up the sport for me was always football. I played (football) since I was nine years old. After moving to Las Vegas when I was 22, I have the opportunity to go to some K-1 fights. I told myself that I could do this.
RG : Tell me a little bit about how you got into training.
MS: That night at the K-1 fights, I ran into an old high school friend and UFC fighter, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. Joe told me that he trained at Cobra Kai, and he invited me to come by and check it out. There I met Ken Hahn and just fell in love with Muay Thai.
RG: Where do you currently train?
MS: Two months after I began training at Cobra Kai, Ken [Hahn] opened up his own school, Striking Unlimited, and I have been there ever since. I also do a little bit of sparring and some ground work at some other gyms like Elite Fitness Center and Cobra Kai.
RG: So you have been training for about four years now, what do you feel your strengths are as a fighter?
MS: I’m a striker, hands down. There is no better feeling to me than punching someone in the face and listening to the crown go wild as they fall to the canvas.
RG: What areas do you feel you need to improve on before you are ready to take that next step?
MS: I’ve been working on my ground game a lot more. The sport has evolved so much you just can’t be one dimensional any longer. So, once my grappling gets to where I want it, I will be taking my career to the professional level; hopefully next year.
RG: You mention turning pro, what’s your plan on getting there?
MS: Well, you don’t want to turn pro to fast, because if do and you lose, you may not get the call you want. So I am using the amateur circuit here in Vegas to help me get all the kinks out. Once I feel I am ready I will look to turn pro in both MMA and Muay Thai.
RG: What current fighter out there do you feel your style most resembles?
MS: I’m a big Rampage [Jackson] fan and I think I have a similar style. But, I’m looking to become more well-rounded like GSP [George St. Pierre], BJ Penn, and Miguel Torres.
RG: You mention Rampage, but who are some of your other favorite fighters to watch right now?
MS: Right now, I watch a lot of GSP . As a fighter I think he puts it all together in his fights to win. Whether it’s in the stand up, or taking someone down, or even his submission game, he is top notch. Plus, the wifey thinks he’s cute, so it's easy to talk her into buying a card he is on.
RG: Maurice, thanks for your time. Is there anyone you would like to thank before I let you go?
MS: I want to thank God for giving me the talent and the opportunity to live my dream. Thanks to my wife and son for all their love and support, because it’s not easy working, training, and getting in family time, but they are my No. 1 fans, and I love it. Also, thanks to my team at Striking Unlimited and all of the people that have helped me to get this far, and thank you.