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Gilbert Smith Hoping To Be Great On The Ultimate Fighter

January 29, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Gilbert Smith (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) talked about fighting Luke Barnatt in the second episode of season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter tonight at 9 PM ET on FX. To win a spot in the house, he submitted Eric Wahlin. Four of his five amateur winds have been by submission, along with four of his five professional fights.

On his start with wrestling: “We used to have wrestling contests, and I would always catch people in these guillotines. Even in the Army, I just caught people all the time – I had no idea what a guillotine was, at least not technically. I remember going against one chubby guy, a sergeant. And I thought I was going to choke him out, too. But then he did this thing to my arm, this armbar, and he made me tap – and my arm was hurting for a long time.”

On training with Marcelo Garcia: “I was always a physical dude, always working out. The problem is that I had a thought: ‘I could have all these muscles, but someone who’s 120 pounds could easily tap me out. What is the point of being big and strong if you don’t have the skills to use it?’ I went to Marcelo’s grappling school and he put me with a female to train with. I was thinking, ‘I’m going to hurt this girl.’ But she smoked me – she tapped me out so many times it wasn’t even funny. So it was, ‘OK, I need to learn this.’ I could bench 400 pounds, and I’m pretty sure she could barely lift the bar and she’s making me scream ‘uncle.'”

On wanting to be great: “I felt like I wasn’t given much opportunity to be great. I see kids these days, and they have so much and they throw it away. I wish I had what they have. I wasn’t taught discipline, to push yourself, to drive. I didn’t have that, and I wish I did. I feel like I did a lot of things growing up that put me in a position where I didn’t live up to my full potential.”


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