Undefeated MMA specialist Sergey Morozov can boast a silver medal from the last year’s World MMA Championship under the WMMAA banner. In this interview Kazakhstan’s native talks his history with MMA and preparation before the fight against Pavel Vitruk at M-1 Challenge 64.
- How did you start practicing MMA?
- Initially I was into football. I even got into a sports school of
Olympic level when I was 8 years old. I used to play for the junior
team of my city. We won a lot of medals together on the international
level. I loved football, I was the team captain by the way.
However once I realized my football career is not going the way I
wanted it to go I switched to jiu jitsu. I was 19 years old back then.
I started training under the guidance of Ruslan Tutkabaev. Gradually I
transitioned into hand-to-hand combat having become a sports master in
it. I excelled at regional and even international tournaments. I
earned a silver medal at the Asian hand-to-hand combat championship.
Back in the day MMA was not officially recognized by the government so
I ventured into pancration.
I got a master of sports again and then a
master of sports of international level. I won the Asian Championship
and became second at the World’s. I enjoyed it so much.
In 2013 MMA was officially recognized. I decided to give it a try and
fell in love with Mixed Martial Arts. It’s such an all-round type of
sports. How can you not love it? It develops at an extremely high pace
and I want to develop myself with it.
- What are you short-term as well as long-term plans?
- Last year I signed a contract with M-1 Global. I’m preparing for the
Grand Prix semifinal in bantamweight that will start on February, 19.
The first part of my training camp was in Dagestan, Russia where I
trained under Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov and worked a lot with his son
Now I’m back to Aktobe where the second part of my training camp is
taking place. I prepare in my Erkin Kush team under the guidance of
Aibek Shokputov who’s my current coach. We are wrapping up my
preparation as there is not much time over till the fight.
Right now it’s important not to catch a cold or get injured.
My main goal now is to conquer M-1 Global championship belt. Next, we’ll see.
- Is fighting under the M-1 Global banner important for you?
- This is a significant step up for me. I take it extremely seriously.
After transitioning from amateur MMA (see WMMAA.org for more
information) I aim at gold in M-1. I have the best fighters from the
region around me, I spar with Dauren Ermekov, Goiti Dazaev, Zhalgas
Zhumagulov. I won’t upset my friends. I’ll leave it all come February,
- What do you expect from Pavel Vitruk?
- I’m preparing for anything. I’m ready to strike and/or grapple.
Psychologically I’m solid. too. I’m in a good mood. We studied tape on
Pavel. We’ll see.
- What do you know about him?
- He‘s a tough fighter. He‘s more experienced than me when regarding
professional MMA. However he lost his last two outings. But I guess
he’l ltry even harder to launch a winning streak anew. Trust me, I’m
not planning to let that happen. I won’t underestimate him because of
his previous losses.
- Any final words for Pavel Vitruk?
- Come on Pavel. Let’s make it a good fight on February 19. Let the
best one win that night!