Sergei Pavlovich steamrolled Maurice Greene early at UFC Singapore, putting the American away within a round.
Maurice Greene had impressed in his three fight UFC career ahead of UFC Singapore. “The Crochet Boss” was 3-0 ahead of his bout with Sergei Pavlovich, tallying two of those victories in 2019. In his most recent bout, Greene stopped Junior Albini in the first round, improving his overall record to 8-2 and setting up the biggest fight of his career to-date in Singapore.
Standing in the way of a four-fight winning streak for Greene was the 27-year-old Pavlovich. The former Fight Nights Global heavyweight champion rebounded from suffering his first career loss in his UFC debut last November, when he was finished in the first round by Alistair Overeem, with a first-round finish of his own against Marcelo Golm in April. Pavlovich was still one of the top prospects in the promotion’s heavyweight division, despite the rough start, with more tough match-ups ahead for the Russian.
Early on at UFC Singapore, Pavlovich countered Greene’s kicks by firing straight punches up the middle. Pavlovich would catch Greene with a left, but the real damage would come moments later. Pavlovich would back Greene up against the cage, starting with a jab. An overhand right caught the American, and a barrage of strikes followed. Greene was down, and though he’d survive for a bit, the ref broke things up soon enough. Greene protested the stoppage, but to no avail.
Done in One!
— UFC (@ufc) October 26, 2019
After dropping his debut to Overeem, Pavlovich has put together a two-fight finishing streak, with both wins coming in the first round. That will make him one to watch moving forward, and in the thin heavyweight division, he’s probably looking at a slightly bigger name next.
Official Result: Sergei Pavlovich def. Maurice Greene by TKO, Round 1, 2:11