Getting to Know… Kurt Southern
Name: Kurt Southern
Walking Around Weight: 175-180
MMA Competition Weight Class: Lightweight (155)
Date of Birth: Feb.19th 1983
City born in: Red Deer, Alberta
City currently residing in: Saskatoon, Sask.
First Job: picking chickens at a chicken farm just outside Saskatoon, when I was 14. You pick em from the coop, put em in a cage and ship em off to KFC lol.
Current Job: I’m a journeyperson steel fabricator/welder.
First Car: 1989 Chevrolet Beretta, sent a lot of chickens to slaughter to pay for that bad boy, it was totally worth it!
Current Car: 2001 Honda Civic (lame)
Favorite Movie of all time: Braveheart, Glatiator, recently- Djiango Unchained. Love every Will Ferrel movie.
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead, The Office my wife makes me watch reality show’s such as: Survivor and The Amazing Race so I guess I like those too
Favorite Band/Singer: Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine.
Nickname, and how you got it: “THE HURT” my buddies in high school just started calling me that, you could say cause I had a bit of a reputation of getting into hostile altercation’s with other’s
MMA Team/Camp: Alliance Martial Arts
MMA Titles Held: none yet, but I do see MFC Gold in my future!
Favorite UFC Fighter: Frankie Edgar, GSP and Cain Velasquez
MMA Inspirations/Mentor/Idol: All my teammates at Alliance (Tyson Steele, Adam Lorenz, and many more guys) and our Coach and leader Graham Weenk
First Martial Arts Memory: I took Karate when I was about 7 for a month. After one month, we didn’t even get to fight each other. I quit and joined wrestling. We got to fight each other on the first day! Never looked back.
First MMA Memory: On my first day at Alliance, Adam Lorenz choked me out with an arm triangle, and I was like wtf was that. Five months later we made our mma debuts together.
Greatest MMA Moment to Date: In my first MFC fight vs Novaes when I dropped him with the first punch of the the fight and I heard the crowd roar. It was an awesome feeling. Even though I lost the fight I think I got to really show what I’m all about.
Toughest MMA Competitors Encountered: Jonates Novaes and Jorge Britto. I thought I had both guys finished in my fights with them but couldn’t put them away. Lesson learned, Brazilians are tough.
Most Memorable Finish: In my last MFC fight the North/Southern choke over Mukai, because the fight went exactly the way we planned, I train that choke over and over.
Cage or Ring: It doesn’t matter to me, once the fight starts it’s on! But I do think for live events a ring is better for spectators.
Embarrassing MMA Memory: when I failed to make weight against Samuel Guilliet. It was very unprofessional of me. I felt very ashamed and embarrassed. I didn’t deserve to win that fight and I didn’t win. Serves me right.
Favorite MMA Move (finish/strike): The Hurt-maker ( kinda like a haymaker but a little different) The Hurt-plex( kinda like a suplex)
Favorite Sport Outside of MMA: all other combat sports and football
Favorite Food: well after a fight I like to hit up a different fast food restaurant every day for a good week, not because I like it that much, but just cause I can.
Relationship status: Sorry Gossip Queen, but I’m engaged to a beautiful woman by the name of Amber, we’ve been together for over 9 years and been engaged for 4, close enough I say lol.
Facebook Account/Fan Page: Kurt Southern MMA
Comments: I just want to thank Top MMA News for being such an awesome showcase for Canadian talent and allowing us athletes to do cool things like this! Keep it up Top MMA News. Stay tuned if you want to see what’s next for KURT “THE HURT” and The MFC!