Maurice Greene’s time with the Ultimate Fighting Championship has apparently come to an end.
The heavyweight announced his release in a post on his Instagram account Tuesday. “The Crochet Boss” dropped a three-round verdict to Marcos Rogerio de Lima in a featured bout at UFC on ESPN 24 this past Saturday. In that defeat, Greene surrendered three takedowns and 14:06 of control time to his Brazilian opponent.
“When one door closes another one opens. I have had ups and downs with the [UFC] and today that relationship comes to an end,” Greene wrote. “Look at the bright side: I’m still in the best shape of my life. I’m physically and mentally [strong] than ever and the next chapter I am excited for.
“This game is unforgiving, but hey, I’m down for the challenge of making my name with a new promotion or the road back. The best is yet to come.”
The 34-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA member begin his promotional tenure with three consecutive triumphs, including finishes of Michel Batista and Junior Albini. Green fell on hard times more recently, however, losing four of his last five Octagon appearances from October 2019 to May 2021.