“I have prepared and trained myself to go a full, hard three rounds.”
Interview by: Eric Hostetter
Photos by: Leigh Ann Moya Carter (visit site)
In his IXFA premiere, Jeremy Morris faces off against Rick Bigger in the 170 lbs weight class. This is also his first fight as a professional; he was 2-0 as an amateur. Jeremy grew up an all around athlete, but found his center with kung-fu, and now has evolved into a professional MMA fighter ready to make waves in the welterweight division here in Houston.
Jeremy: Ive always watched fighting movies, you know the ones with Steven Segal, Jean-Claude Van Dame, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… All of them, but I didn’t get into fighting until I was 17. A buddy of mine got me into kung-fu. From there I got into American Kickboxing for 5 years, and then there I was a bit off and on until I came here to 646. So here am now, doing mma.
TCD.net: : Did you play/participate in any other sports before getting into MMA?
Jeremy: I played any sport you can think of. Football, baseball, basketball, tennis, I’ve been on a swim team. I’ve done it all
TCD.net: You were just an all around athlete! Is there any particular sport, aside from MMA, that you are a big fan of?
Jeremy: I am a very big football fan.
TCD.net: Are you a bigger fan of the pro game or of college football?
Jeremy: College football is more entertaining to me, but I like watching the NFL a bit more.
TCD.net: Who is your favorite team?
Jeremy: Cowboys, all the way!
TCD.net: Do you think they are going to win against the Titans this week?
Jeremy: Of course.
TCD.net: Man, I was just starting to like you…
TCD.net: THIS INTERVIEW IS OVER!
Jeremy: I just blew it…
TCD.net: Yes you did, but I guess we can continue on with the interview, I’ll just forget what you have just said. What do you think skill sets that you have, sets you apart from the other fighters in your weight class?
Jeremy: One thing that I have noticed is that other fighters are not coming from a traditional background in martial arts. People are just diving straight into it, by going straight into BJJ or Muay Tai.
TCD.net: So would you say that your kung-fu background has given you a leg up on your competition by allowing you to remain more balanced on your feet to either attack or counter attack your opponent a bit better?
Jeremy: Totally. It also allows me to be a bit more unorthodox in the eyes of my opponent, and thus strike from awkward angles.
TCD.net: What was the discipline you learned?
Jeremy: Pai Lum Tao from The White Dragon Society.
TCD.net: Interesting. Speaking of interesting… Who do you find more interesting, Jessica Alba or Jessica Simpson?
Jeremy: Aside from my girlfriend Kristen, I’ll have to go with Jessica Alba.
TCD.net: Jessica Alba or Jessica Biel
Jeremy: Jessica Biel no doubter about that.
TCD.net: Alright Cowboy fan, you have redeemed yourself. Here is another choice for you. Fight of the Night or Submission of the Night
Jeremy: FotN, because it is more entertaining to the fans. Submission of the Night is good too because no one really gets hurt too bad and they can bounce back and fight again soon.
TCD.net: FotN or Knockout of the Night
TCD.net: Who are your favorite fighters? It can be local fighters or fighters up on the big stage.
Jeremy: GSP, Jose Aldo, Machida (for obvious reasons), Anderson Silva. You can always pick up some new things and add them to your game when you watch fighters at their level.
TCD.net: Tell us about your thoughts on your fight against Rick Bigger?
Jeremy: He is one of the taller fighters in my division and he is a wrestler.
TCD.net: Without tipping your hand too much, how have you prepared for this fight?
Jeremy: I have prepared and trained myself to go a full hard three rounds. That is about all I can give you.
TCD.net: Do you feel an extra pressure coming into this fight?
Jeremy: No, I’ve been fairly calm. But usually a few days before it starts to hit me.
TCD.net: Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to?
Jeremy: I do want to thank my family friends, training partners and my sponsors, Franca’s Real Italian Restaurant and Furia Fightwear. I’d also like to give a special shout out the Pignataro family, as Franco Pignataro passed away recently. So please send your thoughts and prayers to their family.
TCD.net: Thank you for your time. Best of luck to you in your match.
Jeremy: Thanks for the interview.