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If Greene is hitting his peak at 34, or at least elevating his game to a new level, he’s got the potential to not just be a success in the Octagon, but to become a star in combat sports’ glamour division. He already made an impression on TUF, and more and more people are getting on board with the hobby that earned him the “Crochet Boss” nickname. He even appeared on the Tamron Hall Show recently to talk about what crocheting brings to his life. And while a change in nickname isn’t in the future, Greene has started adding coasters to his repertoire.

“They’re the dopest coasters you’ll ever buy, I promise you that,” said Greene, who admits that his side hustle is an essential part of his life.

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“I’ve learned over time that I need that. I see MMA as being creative. I get a canvas, which is my opponent, and I get to paint that however I want to. I get to paint this story for 15 minutes. And sometimes when I’m not in the cage or when I’m not training or when it’s not like, ‘rah rah,’ my coming down is I’ll have a beer and I’ll craft. And I figured out a strategic way for ‘The Crochet Boss’ to bring you coasters with my signature on the back. All hand-crafted, all unique, all one of one.”

That’s Maurice Greene, all unique, all one of one. On Saturday night, he gets a new canvas to paint.

“Not only am I in my prime, but I’m training at elevation, and I’m training with some of the best heavyweights in the world,” he said. “Day in and day out, from a big heavyweight to a small, agile heavyweight, from a good wrestler to a great striker. We’ve got just about everything in that room, and there’s no reason why I can’t go out here and make it a short night for me.”


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