INTERVIEW WITH GREG CRITICOS
1. How did you get into the sport
I was always interested in the martial arts growing up as a kid, watching the classic Bruce Lee and Jean Claude Van Damme movies. I began training Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and immediately developed a passion for mixed martial arts.
2. What’s your favourite strike/submission to use in any fight?
Ground and pound from mounted crucifix.
3. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my dad. He is the hardest worker I’ve ever known, and always has that “never say die” attitude!
4. Which team are you training with in preparation for your next bout?
Sinosic Perosh Martial Arts (SPMA)
5. Do you like to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?
I like to stand with my opponent before taking them down.
6. What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Being a professional mixed martial artist involves a huge amount of dedication and personal sacrifice. It is the ultimate test, not only physically, but also a true test of your mental toughness. That feeling of getting your hand raised after a fight is the most satisfying – Knowing that all the hard work paid off and that it was all worth it.
7. What holes do you see in Josh Payne’s game?
Josh Payne is a very well-rounded fighter, with both great striking and grappling. He is also very resilient. I really don’t see any notable holes in his game, which will make for an exciting fight!
8. What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
What separates me from every other fighter in my division is that I don’t do this for the money, power or fame, I do it because I truly love it and have a real passion for it. That’s what drives me to keep constantly improving and succeeding.
9. If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be?
If I could have one dream fight I would fight BJ Penn – He is in many ways a pioneer to MMA and a Hall of Famer. It would be an honour to fight him.
10. How do you see yourself beating Josh Payne
I have the power in my hands to beat Josh standing, and the BJJ/wrestling to beat him on the mat – Wherever this fight ends up I’m confident in my abilities to finish the fight before the final bell.