It didn’t take long for Renan Ferreira to advance to the Professional Fighters League heavyweight championship.
The 33-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist dispatched Maurice Greene with first-round punches in the PFL heavyweight semifinal on Friday inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Ferreira (11-3, 5-1 PFL) slammed the door 4:46 into Round 1.
Greene (11-9, 1-3 PFL) tried to keep his counterpart at bay with leg kicks, but the disparity in talent became more and more evident with each passing moment. Ferreira connected with body-head jabs, crisp low kicks of his own and clean multi-punch combinations. Eventually, he walked Greene into a devastating counter right hand. “The Crochet Boss” folded where he stood and hit the deck, where he was met with a burst of punches that separated him from his senses.
Riding high on the strength of back-to-back victories, Ferreira advances to face Denis Goltsov in the $1,000,000 heavyweight final in November.