FIGHT! Magazine: How did you get into the martial arts?
Greg Kerwin: My dad was into martial arts full-fledge the whole time I was growing up. He’s a third degree black belt in Aikido, so Ibasically just grew up going to karate and all that stuff, and I wrestled al throughout high school too. It’s been a big part of my life. I haven’t really done any mixed martial arts before, but I love thatstuff.
FIGHT!: Are you a black belt too?
GK: No. I think I was a green belt, and then I stopped going to karate, but I wrestled all through high school. I think in eighth grade, I started wrestlingand stopped when I was a senior in high school.
FIGHT!: Did you stop because you didn’t think you were gonna be a state champion?
GK: (Laughs) It’s rough, dude. Doing martial arts takes a toll onyour body and I’m not a big guy or muscular at all. There are bigger dudes out there, so I didn’t see myself going anywhere with that.
FIGHT!: Who would win in a fight? You or Daniel LaRusso?
GK:Uhm, not me (laughs).
FIGHT!: Fair enough. Did you start watching MMA when you were a kid, or more recently due to the success of The Ultimate Fighter?
GK: Well I mean, I’ve always been intokickboxing. I always watched that on TV, and then I really got into the UFC. My favorite fighter right now is Forrest Griffin. He’s been my favorite fighter for a very long time now, ever since he was on TheUltimate Fighter, the first one, when he won. I’ve been following him ever since that. He’s just a bad ass dude. I love Forrest Griffin. He doesn’t give a fuck. He’s a real guy, down to earth. He’s...