Maurice Green On TUF 28 Finale Opponent Batista: 'He Don't Want To Get Hit'

UFC Adelaide Media Day Interviews

0:00 / 0:00

The Ultimate Fighter 28 heavyweight semifinalist Maurice Greene is ready to set the record straight, both in and out of the cage.

The 6’7” FloCombat veteran was the focal point of this past season of the UFC reality series—particularly for altercations and struggles outside the cage.

From drinking too much in the house to verbal exchanges with castmates, Greene believes it was easy for the TUF producers to focus on the character that is “The Pirate.”

“When you don’t have much to go off of, you have to go off of what you have,” Greene said in an interview with FloCombat. “I made the choices to do what I did when I was in the house and that’s just in a nutshell how they decided to show it to the general public.

“They got the good, the bad, and the ugly from me. A lot of other people tried to hide that, but I feel like they got the real me whether they liked it or not.” 


Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloSports!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Initially, Greene’s main bone to pick was with cast mates Juan Espino and Michel Batisita. Early in the season, Greene openly accused both men of downplaying their ability to communicate in English. 

Reflecting on the situation, Greene says the only fighter to blame is Spain’s Espino.

“A lot of that came from Juan [Espino],” Greene said. “[Batista] spoke Spanish and I didn’t know what he was saying half the time. He’s got very broken English. A lot of it came from Juan feeding us bullshit, as I want to call it. We ate it all up and we talked a certain way.” 

In the tournament semifinals, Espino defeated Greene via first-round submission.

Despite his elimination, Greene will still compete at Friday’s TUF 28 Finale—on the undercard against the aforementioned Batista.

When speaking about Batista, Greene says his respect for the Cuban Olympic wrestler has increased tremendously from the time he dropped the “snake” comment.

“I talked to Michel the last night we were out,” Greene said. “He needed help getting home and so I brought him back to his hotel so he could catch his flight. I’ve got nothing but respect for the man.” 

Stylistically, Greene believes the matchup is in his favor—especially with the amount he drilled his wrestling this camp. 

“He’s a strong wrestler, but he don’t want to get hit,” Greene said. “You can’t be in this game if you don’t want to get hit. That’s life.”

In order to improve his grappling abilities, Greene spent much of his camp with TUF finalist Justin Frazier.

“We built a friendship on the show," Greene said. “We ran into a lot of the same things where we were having trouble finding guys to train with—guys big enough.

“We’re both stubborn and don’t like to travel far away from our families for camps. So the fact that we can get a lot out of each other just by training with each other is good.”

Friday night, the New Yorker promises fight fans will see a completely upgraded version from what they saw on the show.

“We took [problems] and fixed [them],” Greene said. “It’s time to come back and show the world that the inexperienced kickboxer has been making gains.”

Mike Kimbel Says Bellator 215 Opponent John Douma 'Has Nothing To Lose'

In a total of 69 seconds of professional competition time, Bellator MMA bantamweight Mike Kimbel has made quite the statement.

John Douma Eager To Upset Mike Kimbel At Bellator 215

Friday night could prove life-changing for New England bantamweight John Douma (3-1).

Bellator 215's Toby Misech: 'I'm Not Scared' Of Eduardo Dantas

Toby Misech (11-6) has finally made it. He can officially call a major promotion his home. Signing a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA earlier this year, the son of Hawaii has already checked an item off his bucket list.

Vicente Luque Thinks Ranked Fighters Fear Him: 'They Think I'm A Risk'

The welterweight division has quietly become one of the most stacked weight classes in the UFC. Not only is there an abundance of challengers at the top waiting for the next crack at champion Tyron Woodley, but there are a number of worthy fighters just on the cusp of getting that number next to their name. 

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: Top 5 Fighters Turned Announcers

The UFC debuts on big ESPN Feb. 17 in Phoenix, and the Top Turtle MMA Podcast on FloCombat has all the goods around that card. 

UFC 234: Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya Live Updates From Melbourne

Wombat Jones is on the scene in Melbourne, Australia, for UFC 234, where Anderson Silva faces Israel Adesanya in the night's main event. 

Max Griffin: 'I Spoke To Thiago Alves, His Coach... Everyone Agrees I Won'

Max Griffin didn’t exactly have the best time in Fortaleza, Brazil. Despite nearly finishing Thiago Alves when the bell sounded in the first and spending large portions of the third round in top control, the judges saw the UFC Fight Night 144 bout in favor of Alves, who just so happens to be from Fortaleza. 

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: Ranking Top 5 Australia, New Zealand Prospects

On this week’s Top Turtle MMA Podcast on FloCombat, “Gumby” and Dave discuss the fallout from UFC Fortaleza. From Jose Aldo’s refusal to go quietly into the night to the rapid ascension of Johnny Walker, we’ve got it all. 

Job Saved, Austin Arnett Looks For First UFC Finish At UFC 234

This past November, Austin Arnett lived out a dream.

Devonte Smith Starstruck By Anderson Silva But Ready For UFC 234 Scrap

There aren’t many situations where UFC lightweight Devonte Smith would find himself starstruck. During this week’s UFC 234 fight preparations in Melbourne, Australia, however, Smith can almost guarantee he’ll be in awe.