Sam "Slam 'em" Greco (born May 3, 1967) is a retired Italian- Australian Heavyweight kickboxer and mixed martial artist who fought in Kyokushin karate, professional kickboxing, and K-1 tournaments.
Biography and career Edit
When growing up in
Melbourne, Australia Sam's Italian-born father Vittorio encouraged him to get involved with soccer from an early age and Sam became the youngest player ever to sign up with the Italian premier league team Juventus. He played as well for Heidelberg soccer club in Melbourne.
K-1 career Edit
He trained in
Kyokushin karate, and started competing in full contact karate tournaments.
Sam had his K-1 debut in 1995 at K-1 Hercules. Following year he appeared in his first
K-1 World Grand Prix tournament where he suffered his first loss in semifinals against Musashi.
After retiring in 2005 from professional competition, Sam Greco worked as trainer for other fighters, including
Acting career Edit
He played the stunt double for retired professional wrestler
Stone Cold Steve Austin in the 2007 action thriller The Condemned and also had a small part in the 2008 Australian boxing drama film, Two Fists One Heart which was shot in Western Australia. He has also appeared occasionally in movies as a fight consultant and martial arts advisor.
He had a small part in the fourth episode of the Australian mini-series
Underbelly, playing nightclub bouncer Bruno Bolotzi. The episode was first broadcast in February 2008. He also had a part in the Australian comedy " Swift and Shift Couriers" as Louie "Luigi" Marietti with his cousin Mario. This episode was broadcast on SBS TV in October 2008.
He owns a restaurant in West Melbourne called Don Camillo.
Titles and accomplishments Edit
1999 K-1 World Grand Prix 3rd Place
1999 W.A.K.O. Pro World Muay Thai Super Heavyweight Champion
1995 The Best of the Best Tournament Champion
1994 W.K.A. World Muay Thai Super Heavyweight Heavyweight Champion
1994 Karate World Cup Champion
Commonwealth Karate Champion 1989-1991
6 time Australia Full Contact Karate Champion
Kickboxing record Edit
19 Wins (11 (T)KO's, 8 decisions), 9 Losses, 2 Draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2003-10-11 Loss Peter Graham K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 Final Elimination Osaka, Japan TKO (Leg injury) 2 0:30
Fails to qualify for K-1 Grand Prix '03 Final.
2000-04-23 Loss Ernesto Hoost K-1 The Millennium Osaka, Japan TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3 3:00
1999-12-05 Loss Mirko Filipović K-1 Grand Prix '99 Final Round Semi Finals Tokyo, Japan TKO (Left Low Kick/two knockdowns) 2 2:50
1999-12-05 Win Ray Sefo K-1 Grand Prix '99 Final Round Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
1999-10-05 Win Stefan Leko K-1 World Grand Prix '99 Opening Round Osaka, Japan Decision (Majority) 3 2:35
Qualifies for K-1 Grand Prix '99 Final.
1999-07-18 Loss Peter Aerts K-1 Dream '99 Nagoya, Japan KO (Right high kick) 2 1:38
1999-06-20 Win Mike Bernardo K-1 Braves '99 Fukuoka, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
W.A.K.O. Pro World Muay Thai Super Heavyweight Title.
1999-03-22 NC 22px Samir Benazzouz K-1 The Challenge '99 Tokyo, Japan No Contest (Greco right leg injury) 2 3:00
1998-12-13 Loss 22px Andy Hug K-1 Grand Prix '98 Final Round Semi Finals Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
1998-12-13 Win Ernesto Hoost K-1 Grand Prix '98 Final Round Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan TKO (Corner stoppage/cut) 2 3:00
1998-09-27 Win Matt Skelton K-1 World Grand Prix '98 Opening Round Osaka, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Qualifies for K-1 Grand Prix '98 Final.
1998-05-24 Win Carl Bernardo Crash at the Crown Melbourne, Australia TKO 5
1998-07-18 Loss Jérôme Le Banner K-1 Dream '98 Nagoya, Japan KO (Punch) 2 2:07
1997-11-09 Loss Francisco Filho K-1 Grand Prix '97 Final Quarter final Tokyo, Japan KO (Right hook) 1 0:15
1997-09-07 Win Jean-Claude Leuyer K-1 Grand Prix '97 1st Round Osaka, Japan KO (Right hook) 2 1:55
Qualifies for K-1 Grand Prix '97 Final.
1997-07-20 Win Branko Cikatić K-1 Dream '97 Nagoya, Japan KO (Right hooks) 1 2:58
1997-04-29 Draw 22px Andy Hug K-1 Braves '97 Fukuoka, Japan Decision draw 5 3:00
1996-12-08 Draw Jérôme Le Banner K-1 Hercules '96 Nagoya, Japan Decision draw 5 3:00
1996-10-18 Win Gerry Harris K-1 Star Wars '96 Yokohama, Japan TKO 1 2:38
1996-09-01 NC Musashi K-1 Revenge '96 Osaka, Japan No contest 3 0:22
1996-05-06 Loss Musashi K-1 Grand Prix '96 Quarter Finals Yokohama, Japan TKO (Doctor stoppage/broken toe) 1 3:00
1996-03-10 Win 22px Perry Telgt K-1 Grand Prix '96 Opening Battle Yokohama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Qualifies for K-1 Grand Prix '96 Final.
1995-12-09 Win Duane Van Der Merwe K-1 Hercules Nagoya, Japan KO (Kick) 1 1:24
1995-10-22 Win Stan Longinidis The Best of the Best Tournament, Final Melbourne, Australia Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Wins The Best of the Best Tournament.
1995-10-22 Win Ben Hamilton The Best of the Best Tournament, Semi Finals Melbourne, Australia Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
1995-10-22 Win Sam Sweet The Best of the Best Tournament, Quarter Finals Melbourne, Australia KO 1
1995-09-03 Loss Peter Aerts K-1 Revenge II Yokohama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
1995-03-03 Win Vjatcheslav Soukhanov K-1 Grand Prix '95 Opening Battle Tokyo, Japan KO (Punch) 3 1:33
Qualifies for K-1 Grand Prix '95 Final - would be unable to participate due to injury.
1994-12-10 Win Masaaki Satake K-1 Legend Nagoya, Japan KO (Right punch) 2 1:27
W.K.A. World Muay Thai Super Heavyweight Heavyweight title.
3 Wins (2 (T)KO's, 1 submission), 1 Loss, , 1 Draw
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