UFC Vegas 4: Maurice Greene Survives Knockdown, Subs Gian Villante
It looked like Gian Villante was going to score a win in his heavyweight debut, but Maurice Greene punted that in shocking fashion with a late, submission win.
Maurice Greene is known for his striking skills, but tonight the heavyweight dropped jaws throughout MMA, by subbing Gian Villante with a choke from the bottom.
Greene came out and stayed busy with kicks. Villante continued to press forward in search of landing a big shot. Greene landed a few more leg kicks and also fired in more front kicks. Villante took a kick low and the fight was momentarily stopped.
Villante started tossing some kicks of his own while Greene continued to fight at range, using kicks to keep his distance. Mid-round, Greene bombed in a headkick that Villante blocked.
Villante scored with a kick to the body which appeared to hurt Greene. The latter recovered, and both heavyweights stayed busy until the end of the frame.
In between rounds, Villante apparently could be heard he thinks he broke his toe. Both men continued to mix in kicks and punches. Villante just missed with a huge right around a minute in. Villante scored with a thumping leg kick mid-round and then he did so again, moments later.
Greene stayed busy with his jab and started to check the leg kick attempts from Villante. Later in the frame, Villante grazed Greene with a headkick. Greene ate a left hook late in the frame, and took another leg kick as well.
Greene changed levels moments into the round but Villante defended. The fighters started to crank up the volume but Villante took an accidental eye poke. Moments after the fight resume, Villante sent Greene to the deck with a massive left.
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Villante poured down elbows and punches from above but Greene finally managed to tie the former light heavyweight up. As Villante worked from the top, Greene locked up a arm-triangle-choke from the bottom, and forced the tap. Villante’s fatigue likely played a big factor in the submission. Shocking, shocking turn of events.
UFC Vegas 4 results
Here are the results so far for UFC Vegas 4, which is taking place at the Apex Facility.
Maurice Greene def. Gian Villante via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R3, 3:44
Brendan Allen def. Kyle Daukaus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
Takashi Sato def. Jason Witt via TKO (punches, R1, 0:48
Julian Erosa def. Sean Woodson via submission (D’arce choke) R3, 2:44
Khama Worthy def. Luis Pena via submission (guillotine choke) Round 2, 2:53,
Tanner Boser def. Philipe Lins via KO (punches) R1, 2:41
Kay Hansen def. Jinh Yu Frey via submission (armbar) R3, 2:26
Youssef Zalal def. Jordan Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28)