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FEATURED FIGHTER

December 10th, 2007  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  32 Comments

This month we are putting the spotlight on Anthony “Antmo” Morrison.

Q. Anthony how did you get into this sport?
A. I got into this the same way Joe Silva did… WWF wrestling. I was a huge fan, my life was wrestling, comics and video games. When I saw MMA for the first time i was like maaaan and this aint fake! hahaha! Since then I have just studied and watched anything and everything I could get my hands on.

Q. That leads us to the next question. We have been told you are a walking encyclopedia for MMA, meaning you can recite the fight card for nearly every event?!?
A. Haha, well i don’t know about that but yeh i get made fun of by my teammates for being “The Rain Man” of MMA cuz i can remember every event, event name and fight that i have ever watched… i just happened to have watched them all! lol! One of the coolest moments I had was just talking fights with Joe Silva when he came to visit our school… we talked for a good bit and I think i surprised him with my knowledge of the sport… that’s when i found out he was a wrestling fan! Joe is a cool cat.

Q. What are some of your interests, or what do you do in your spare time?
A. I love Gears of War man! I am a video game junkie! if I am not playing my games I am watching as much fight footage as I can. I also write a lot… I have boxes of note books that I have written in over the years. I am a deep thinker so I really like to get into my journals, it helps me keep things in perspective… I know my boys back home are gonna read this and be like, “you sissy!” lol. it’s all good… but I am what I am and I do what I do… I write, thats right i said it! I write! lol!

Q. Tell us a little about your training, we know you have trained with some good people but for the most part your early training was pretty much on your own?
A. Yeh i have been to many camps and even trained with Dan Severn but for the most part I was brought in as a sparring partner for other fighters on their teams. I never really had a home to train at until I moved to Richmond, VA to be a part of Team Combat.

Q. Why did you choose Richmond, VA and Team Combat to be your home?
A. I had fought on a few cards down there and saw that they had some tough guys on their team. Brian Crenshaw invited me down to train and I never really thought about moving down full time but I could tell right away when I worked with those guys that I had holes in my game that needed work. I bounced back and forth from Philly to VA every now and then for about a year and tried to stay sharp training on my own out of my grand mama’s basement but I knew i could never reach that next level unless I moved.

Q. So what made you move?
A. I made some bad fight choices because i needed money and lost a dumb fight in Atlantic City that i took on 24 hours notice… that loss opened my eyes that if I wanted to make a go at this as a career I had to make some changes. I have sacrificed more than you know to be in this sport.

Q. Can you tell us a bit about those sacrifices?
A. Yeh but don’t you try and make me cry! don’t do it! lol. I realized that most of my friends are either dead, in jail or hangin on the same street corner they have been for years. I have a daughter that I love dearly and I just have to make good for her. I was going nowhere by staying in Philly but i couldn’t afford to move with my daughter. I have had the odd jobs here and there but in that environment it is easy to get sucked into doing bad things for money. I would be no good to my girl if I ended up in jail or dead. I had to weigh what is best for her and I long term so i scraped together enough money for a one way bus ticket, packed my bags and told my daughter I am going to become a world champion. I slept on couches and picked up odd jobs in VA so I could be a part of this team and I have not lost since. I talk to my girl everyday and I get emotional if I think about her… but she is proud of her daddy and with the help of some of my sponsors I have been able to go home and visit her a few times in the past several months.

Q. Wow, so you basically recognized a bad situation that you felt would not get better, and made a very aggressive move to change your future?
A. I guess you could say that… To this day I’m torn about it because I miss my little girl so much… but I know that i had no future with her if I stayed there. I just wish I could have her here with me but that is what I am working at. It keeps me motivated to work hard, Brian Butler told me that I am here for one reason only and that is to train and become the best I can be… Every minute I train I am working to get a life for me and my little girl, If I get lazy and slack for a bit Brian is the first to remind me that that is a wasted time away from my daughter… I aint wasting no time! I love the town I am in and I love my teammates on Team Combat and on SuckerPunch. Good things are starting to happen for me.

Q. Anyone you want to thank?
A.Yes I would like to send a shout out to my daughter Kamya! My mom, grandma, Trisha, and my brother darryl for looking after Kamya.

Stephen, Briheem, Ronnell, and Man Man, for always being there.

To Kru Brian Crenshaw, my teamates at Team Combat, Brian Butler, Max C., my brothers from another Bartimus and Big Frog, and all my teammates at SuckerPunch Entertainment! SuckerPunch is about to take over!

R.I.P. to my friends Ty and Gees, I will never forget you guys.

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Responses

  1. The Deaf MMA Columnist says:

    December 10th, 2008at 6:01 pm(#)

    Antmo, Keep your head up and keep it real. You are working with some great guys down ther in Virginia. If you ever need anything just tell Brian and I’ll do what I can to help your career. Remember that you will impact more people that you ever consider so always be something your daughter will be proud of.

  2. antmo says:

    December 10th, 2008at 7:18 pm(#)

    also a thanks to my little sister that helps with my daughter

  3. Jeff Curran says:

    December 10th, 2008at 10:08 pm(#)

    Antmo….you the man bro. can’t wait to watch you excel in the sport. you are the next big thang dawg!!! always your brotha.

  4. Mike Batenga says:

    December 10th, 2008at 10:31 pm(#)

    ANTMO, we have to get together and play Gears!!! We’re gonna to tear Sarasota apart. It’s on dawg!!! Anthony M***ing Morrison.

  5. Paul says:

    December 11th, 2008at 12:22 pm(#)

    It was great to meet you at UWC in October, Anthony. Can’t wait to see you in action. Be strong and stay focused. Big things are on the way.

  6. Phillip "The Wicked" Wyman says:

    December 12th, 2008at 8:24 am(#)

    Can’t wait to catch up with you bro in FL. Watch out fo Antmo Mother F@!!ing Morrison!

  7. LeVon says:

    December 12th, 2008at 11:31 am(#)

    Mad respect for you Antmo. Keep it up partner!

  8. vitti says:

    December 12th, 2008at 7:42 pm(#)

    yo good to see you kiilin it still!
    antmo = MMAs answer to Tupac
    respect

  9. Mike Medrano says:

    December 13th, 2008at 10:46 pm(#)

    I have been blessed to have trained with Anthony and I can honestly say he is a cool friend… Anthony taught me a lot with my striking, specifically boxing. For the training and all the jokes and the great humor, I wish Anthony the best in his fighting career. Sincerely, Mike Medrano

  10. Briheem Douglas Aka The Black Psalm says:

    December 14th, 2008at 12:46 am(#)

    I am surly proud of you, you are a example that hard work pays of family. You was only one mile the hole time. Example One mile from public league championships you won , one mile when you had to prove that you was the smalliest most vicious person in any sport you played. It did’nt even take a mile to earn the respect from your hood. You did it NP style. We Rep You ! All them miles you passed with A plus. Just thing one more mile to go, thats to do what you already been doing grap MMA by the thought & choke it out. CHOKE IT OUT ! CHOKE IT OUT ! CHOKE IT OUT !!!!! Peace King !!!

  11. Dawud Thomas aka "WOODS" says:

    December 14th, 2008at 6:15 am(#)

    Yo Ant u the baddest mother f@%ker i know and im sure u will have no problem beating down next opponent you love wrestling more than any other person that i know and your so good at it …..good luck and my god be with you

  12. Jason mr. NP says:

    December 14th, 2008at 8:57 am(#)

    Doing it big for us at home keep doin what u doin you gotta let us know when we can see you fight and not watchin it on the computer all the time

  13. Jason mr. NP says:

    December 14th, 2008at 10:14 am(#)

    oh yea and that is kinda sissy like LOL!!

  14. doug anderson says:

    December 14th, 2008at 12:14 pm(#)

    crazy, man. i was just thinking about you today, wondering what you been up to. Good luck down there ant, it’s your time to shine.

  15. YUSH says:

    December 14th, 2008at 1:49 pm(#)

    Hey Ant man, we all know u are the baddest motha$%##^& since Strawberry Mansion High School!!! Ive seen how you polish off guyz b4 u even got professionally trained dawg( So Embarrassing), your talent, duty, discipline and courage will take you far, bro you are the man DEADASS!! GETSUM!!!!!

  16. tyburn says:

    December 14th, 2008at 2:14 pm(#)

    You write Journals? Like Keep a diary or something? I keep records that go all the way back to 1996 hahahaha. What sorta deep things do you think or write about? Existentialism is my unfortunate forte…

  17. Anastasia Evans says:

    December 14th, 2008at 2:20 pm(#)

    supporting and showing my man “ANT” some love, “U GO BOY”…

  18. Stephen "SinSearous" Williams says:

    December 14th, 2008at 4:33 pm(#)

    Congrats on your success.
    Keep it going.
    And dont forget about your baby bro.
    Im gonna make damage at 185.

  19. Katie C. says:

    December 14th, 2008at 8:33 pm(#)

    Hey what’s up my friend you rock! Make sure you win that fight. And if you don’t I will whip you like you know I can. And you can do it. . Like Kaite your Blue Belt Fighting Partner. Katie C. and Buka and Max C.

  20. IVAN "THE HULK" says:

    December 15th, 2008at 4:11 pm(#)

    YO,WHATS GOOD ANT? HOPE ALL IS GOING THE WAY U WANT RIGHT NOW KEEP MAKIN UR WAY 2 BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS MUCH LUV BRO!!!!!!

    YOU’RE BOY
    HULK

  21. Amir Sadollah says:

    December 15th, 2008at 5:19 pm(#)

    One time Anthony kicked me in the leg and took my rent money. Then he called me illiterate. True story. But he is a great fighter for sure.

  22. wizz says:

    December 15th, 2008at 9:50 pm(#)

    wzup? cuz u da man in the mma game. Keep it up me,zach,wayne,philly all got ur back!

  23. allan says:

    December 16th, 2008at 2:57 am(#)

    Anthony, Very refreshing to read this interview! I Iook forward to seeing your career develop and I wish you the best.

    After reading your story I think you will be an inspiration to a lot of young people. You seem to break the stereotype of the typical fighter, much like many of the Suckerpunch fighters it would seem? Your with a good group, stay focused and humble and you will make your daughter proud.

    Take care Mr. Morrison and remember “you aint wasting no time”

    -Allan

  24. ronnell says:

    December 17th, 2008at 2:07 pm(#)

    just checkin out the best featured fighter so far and maybe evre imean unless i decide to fight ………… but really just checked out the interview and wanted to let you know no thanks are needed and if you are there im there, if you wit it im wit it !

    frontline K

    P.S. SHOUTS OUT TO SUCKER PUNCH ENT!

  25. THE KID says:

    December 17th, 2008at 2:11 pm(#)

    anthony morrison is one of the most hardest working athletes i know he has givein some much to this sport i cant wait to see him go far

  26. Shaboo says:

    December 17th, 2008at 3:16 pm(#)

    Dam, doe, your a f**king hood star, your like the nino brown of MMA, North philly best, yo u could have gave lobo a shout out, Yo i’m your biggest fan, b/c i seen the basement, at big val house. LOL oh yeah antraw front lump said, HI LOL

  27. Shaboo says:

    December 17th, 2008at 3:21 pm(#)

    Geez 4life

  28. Valerie Morrison/mom says:

    December 17th, 2008at 9:04 pm(#)

    Hey Anthony!! I am very proud of you. Although you are a hard case i will never want nothing but the very best for you. You were only a problem when you did not listen, but when you came to understand you became a very good listener. Once you learned to win the fights within yourself, the fights in the ring will always be won. training in my basement was a good thing and paid off, now if I could just get you to keep your room clean- but thats a fight you will never win lol!!!!
    I love you and take care of yourself, and I am here if ever you should need me.

    Love always, Mom

  29. Brian Draper says:

    December 20th, 2008at 4:43 pm(#)

    im very happy 4 u Husky Ant.Jus keep up the good work,and keep gettin victories.

  30. Darryl "DMuny" Morrison says:

    December 20th, 2008at 5:19 pm(#)

    First, Shouts to SuckerPunch ENT….yall doin it big
    Then shouts to my man ANTMO, the creator of ANTONOMICS(whoop some ass, break some heads etc…)
    Ive been here with him since the beginning so i know how hard he works…thats why hes gonna be great! Much love yo, keep doing the Morrison name good…Lobo said where his shoutout b*tch!

  31. Herbert RaineyJr. says:

    December 20th, 2008at 11:36 pm(#)

    All MMA fans,
    You need to know this! Anthony is one of the most exciting ,dynamic, and explosive fighters in his, and surrounding weight classes out their today! I’m not just saying this; Anthony’s past, present and future fights have and will bear it out! His attention to detail, and his willingness to endure elite,tortureous and cutting edge training at the “Combat Training Center”, will carry him as far as he is willing to go! Anthony is one of the most knowledgeable fighters I have ever met! What make him unique is his abilty to remain a humble student of his chosen trade. I share my battle cry with him! (Ps 144:1-2) -Rainey, CSC’s BCS!

  32. GForce Woel says:

    December 22nd, 2009at 6:23 am(#)

    Anthony, from all the guys at ACMMA and DiamondMMA that you have inspired, trained, trained with, and coached when you are in Philly: We knew you would earn your day! Keep up the cutting edge, the speed, explosiveness, creativity, versatility and Gracie combinations of attack that have been your trademark since I first met you on the blue mat. Dan Severn recommended Jyou to Joe Diamond to you for bjj and mma,. You have nor disappointed since.

    we remember NAGA, Grapplers Quest, your CFFC title fight, Joe Diamond, Coach Vincent, North 3rd, Standard Tap, Philly cheesesteaks and Chinatown, 427 N.7th St., Ring of Combat, the Taj Mahal, AC. Your kindness and patience demonstrating muay thai and mma and your dedication to your family, and your advice and friendship are not lost on anyone.

    You have been the essence of a selfless tacher, trainer, and teammate when you are in Philly. The WEC will learn what we already know, ANTHONY MORRISON IS for REAL!!!! Time will tell your opponents had better respect you. They will not know where your next counter or attack will come from. You are a great athlete, a technician, and a true student of the game. Many will know on January 10. No disrespect to Mike Brown …..HE BETTER RECOGNIZE. ANTHONY MORRISON IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!! Work it!!!!

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