Maurice Greene stuns Gian Villante with arm-triangle from the bottom position.
Maurice Greene improvised and found a way to secure his first UFC win of 2020, defeating Gian Villante via third-round arm-triangle after getting badly rocked just minutes prior. Color commentators Michael Bisping and Dominick Cruz broke down the fight-ending sequence for the viewers at home.
“[Greene] locks up this choke here. He’s got it. This is what he wanted but I don’t see where the choke is happening yet,” Cruz explained.
Bisping took the breakdown a step further.
“There’s no choke. He’s just squeezing. It’s kind of like an Ezikiel, but it’s not. Because [Greene] is so tired, he was restricted from breathing a little bit,” Bisping said.
Cruz finished the breakdown by explaining that the lack of air from Villante is what caused the unlikely, yet stunning submission victory.
Maurice Greene explains the submission that shocked us all.
At Greene’s post-fight scrum, he elaborated further on his journey leading up to the bout, and feeling grateful to have the win.
“Me, Greg Jackson, Mike Winklejohn and all my training partners in Albuquerque pretty much had a three-week crash course. We crammed for a test. It was very last-minute for me to go out there, due to the changes in my personal life and training. We got the job done, and we didn’t just get the job done. I made UFC history, for the second time, and you know, it’s always sweet to get a submission.”
Greene improved to 9-5 with the victory, snapping a three-fight losing skid with the promotion.
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