Maurice Greene (8-2) moves to 3-0 in the UFC in front of his Minnesota faithful, marauding Júnior Albini in the opening frame! The colossal kickboxer and "Crochet Boss" has stopped six, each in round one. #UFCMinneapolis pic.twitter.com/Ou3GMj3y6Z— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) June 29, 2019
Maurice Greene has kicked off his UFC tenure with three consecutive wins, including two finishes. He will look to remain unbeaten in the Octagon when he squares off against Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Singapore on Saturday.
Although Pavlovich is a ranked opponent (No. 14 according to UFC.com rankings), it is not a matchup that Greene requested.
“It wasn’t a fight I wanted, I just wanted to fight. I called out Andrei Arlovski, they offered me a short-notice fight against Tanner Boser but I couldn’t take it,” Greene said to Sherdog. “They offered this fight and it is just something that you can’t tell the UFC no again, you can’t tell them no two times in a row. I knew I had more than enough time to prepare and I took it. I feel like I can beat anyone in the division, even the Top 5 guys.”
Greene knows a win will still do a lot for his career and should earn him a top-10 opponent next.
“It’s a solid win. A win over Sergei will catapult me to getting that single digit status,” he explained. “Just getting a single-ranked opponent.”
Greene also believes this is just the beginning of his ascent in the heavyweight division. He believes the division lacks a star and he plans on filling that void.
“Hopefully the UFC sees the value in me and I can make the heavyweight division great again because this s—t is kind of boring,” Greene explained. “How many marketable heavyweights do we have in the division? You tell me who? I’ll wait. It is not me talking s—t, but we don’t have many marketable heavyweights.
“Also, I am not a Trump person. I just thought the ‘Make the heavyweight division great again’ line sounded cool,” he added.