Maurice Greene
The Pirate
Heavyweight matchup booked
April 11, 2019
Greene will take on Junior Albini in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Minneapolis on June 29, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
Greene is 2-0 to begin his tenure with the company, and is facing a fighter who has dropped three in a row and could very well be on his way out. Greene will have pronounced advantages in both height (four inches) and reach (eight inches) when the two men enter the cage. He seems to have been given a reasonable draw for his third fight with the company, but when two raw heavyweights like this collide, either man could go down at a moment's notice.
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Upsets Jeff Hughes in UFC debut
March 9, 2019
Greene defeated Jeff Hughes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
Greene gets his revenge. After dropping a unanimous decision to Hughes when the two fought in April 2018, Greene rebounded to pick up the win on the biggest stage in MMA. It was a close bout throughout, but one that Greene appeared to deserve to emerge victorious. A massive 6-foot-7 and sporting one of the best nicknames in the business ("The Crochet Boss"), it was a strong performance from Greene as a +215 underdog. His future isn't particularly bright, but the 32-year-old showed up on Saturday. Greene is 6-1 in his last seven bouts dating back to November 2014 with his only loss in that span coming against Hughes.
Shows off submission skills in win
November 30, 2018
Greene defeated Michel Batista via submission (triangle choke) at 2:14 of Round 1 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas on Friday.
Greene began the fight by pressuring and using his length but quickly found himself on his back, as the former Olympian took the opportunity to land a reactive takedown. Greene wasn't at a disadvantage for long, however, as he climbed his legs up the back of Batista to sink the choke. A former Glory kickboxer, Greene isn't thought of as a BJJ specialist, but notched his fourth submission (third triangle choke) in six professional wins Friday. "The Pirate" had a less-than-stellar showing in The Ultimate Fighter house but seems to have a deep enough skill set to make him an interesting competitor in the heavyweight division.