Marcos Rogerio de Lima defeated Maurice Greene without much resistance at UFC Vegas 26, spending nearly all 25 minutes in top position.
Heavyweight action at UFC Vegas 26 saw Brazil’s Marcos Rogerio de Lima going up against “The Crochet Boss” Maurice Greene. The TUF 28 veteran, now with Jackson-Wink, was looking to bounce back from a TKO loss to Greg Hardy last year. de Lima also needed a return to the win column, having been submitted by Alexander Romanov last November.
Immediately, the heavyweights started winging bombs. Greene landed the first shot but de Lima pushed back and landed a combination, turning it into a takedown against the cage. Greene was pinned in guard and de Lima was content to land punches while Greene attempted to control the posture of his pressuring opponent. de Lima rode out the round in full guard, accumulating over three minutes of top control.
The Brazilian de Lima was able to take Greene down right away in the second round, ducking a right hand then scoring a bodylock takedown into side control. Greene squirmed to half guard, but was struggling to get to his feet. It was consistent pressure from de Lima throughout the round and Greene was getting dominated. de Lima did land a punch just after the bell and received a stern warning from Herb Dean.
Greene landed a kick in the beginning of the third round, but again was taken down after missing a long punch. Half guard was the position of choice for de Lima. “Choice” is the right word because any position was wide open for de Lima to take. de Lima moved to side control and Greene got his feet on the cage and pushed off, but nothing came of it. The round ended with de Lima in north-south.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Maurice Greene by Unanimous Decision (30-26 x2, 30-27)