Maurice Greene
The Crochet Boss


Fortunate win in Vegas
June 27, 2020
Greene defeated Gian Villante via submission (Arm Triangle) at 3:44 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's goes in the books as a submission victory for Greene via "Arm Triangle" but it should be listed as "exhaustion" on Villante's part. Greene appeared to be well on his way to dropping a decision before Villante gift-wrapped Greene his first win in his past three fights. Greene started fine but quickly faded. He couldn't make use of his massive height advantage and found himself flattened by a right hand early in Round 3. To his credit, he survived Villante's attempts at ending the fight before being the fortunate recipient of one of the strangest finishes in recent memory. Greene was flat on his back and making no effort to get back to his feet when he clamped on a token "choke". It appeared to have nothing behind it, but Villante tapped out. Greene is 6-foot-7, but has trouble using his size to his advantage. He also has very little power for a heavyweight. Fortunately, there's a path to improvement ahead, as he intends to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico to train at Jackson-Wink MMA.
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Targeted for June 27 bout
May 25, 2020
Greene is in line to face Gian Villante in a heavyweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location July 27, Mike Heck and Damon Martin of reports.
Greene got off to a 3-0 start with the company before dropping his last two bouts within the first two rounds. He'll take on a veteran fighter in Villante, but also one who happens to be making his heavyweight debut after spending the majority of his career at light heavyweight. As a result, it's not too surprising to see Greene hold four-inch advantages in both height and reach. This announcement also seems to suggests any injuries Greene sustained in his January bout against Aleksei Oleinik are a thing of the past.
Comes away with multiple injuries
January 21, 2020
Greene has been suspended 180 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending clearance of both a right foot and right elbow injury, Steven Marrocco of reports.
Greene faced a step up in competition at UFC 246 on Saturday, facing a grizzled veteran in Oleinik that was able to get him to the ground with ease and attempt to work in a variety of submissions. It was an arm bar that ultimately did the trick, but the various twists and turns on the mat seem to have worn on Greene's body. He'll be forced to stay sidelined at a minimum until Feb. 18, but if he wants to fight before summer time, he'll need clearance from a physician.
Battles hard in loss at UFC 246
January 18, 2020
Greene lost to Aleksei Oleinik via submission (armbar) at 4:38 of Round 2 at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Greene is going to be upset with the result but he should be proud of his performance. Facing arguably the greatest submission specialist in the history of the heavyweight division, Greene looked done for in the later stages of Round 1 but somehow managed to survive a deep choke to see a second frame. It was more of the same in Round 2 before Greene was finally forced to tap out due to an armbar late in the round. Greene has now lost his last two fights via stoppage but his stock may have actually risen with this effort. He undoubtedly will get another shot with the company.
Will fight at UFC 246
November 22, 2019
Greene will face Aleksei Oleinik (lower leg) at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, reports.
Greene is coming off a loss to Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Fight Night 162 just last month. His upcoming opponent, Oleinik, hasn't fought since July while recovering from a fracture in his lower right leg.
Heads back to the drawing board following UFC Singapore
October 27, 2019
Greene lost to Sergei Pavlovich via TKO (Punches) at 2:11 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
Greene had won three-straight fights coming into this one. Unfortunately his momentum came to a halt against Pavlovich. He was on the receiving end of 20 significant strikes, a knockdown and did not make it out of the first round. Greene will almost certainly keep his spot in the UFC, but he will need to clean up his striking in order to compete with the higher level fighters in the heavyweight division.