“The Crochet Boss” Maurice Greene (8-4) joined The Scrap to preview his upcoming heavyweight bout against Gian Villante (17-11).
The fight is on June 27th at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Greene is now in Albuquerque, New Mexico training at JacksonWink MMA Academy.
Moving away from Minnesota made sense for Greene and his family. “My wife wanted to get out of Minnesota, we had a lot going on. We reached out to Juan Adams, and he reached out to Coach Wink, and they said come on out,” said Greene. “A couple days later we made the 24-hour drive and Coach Wink made it possible in so many ways. Nobody knows other than us, and try out for the gym. I’ve been looking for a gym I can stay at and raise my family at and here we are JacksonWink”.
There is a variety of talented fighters who train at the gym, in addition to great coaching. I asked Greene for his thoughts on his new training partners, and who he has been working with most.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work with Juan Adams, who is a very large individual and he has been helping me a lot,” said Greene. “Very rarely do you walk in a room with six or seven heavyweights that you can work with and everyone gives you a different look and different pressure. We out here training for the Kentucky Derby, we have a stable of stallions”.
Maurice now turns his focus to a fighter who has been around the game for a long time. However, Greene feels that he is ready for the challenge.
“I just see myself winning, I can win it a bunch of different ways, it really just depends which Gian Villante shows up, which will determine how I gotta get this win. It could be a dog fight and I’m ready to be the dog”.
Greene is ready for a war, and is fully focused on getting a win over Villante. When asked what is next, Green told us he would like to fight on Fight Island. But he wants to wait until after his son’s birthday on July 15th, before accepting his next fight inside of the Octagon.
Tune in on June 27th to watch “The Crochet Boss” inside of the Octagon on ESPN+.