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3 May 1967
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Other names||Slam 'em|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||112 kg (247 lb; 17.6 st)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Kyokushin Karate|
|Rank||black belt in kyokushin|
|Years active||16 (1989–2005, 2013-present)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Occupation||Restaurant owner, actor|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Sam "Slam 'em" Greco (born 3 May 1967) is a retired Australian super heavyweight kickboxer, heavyweight mixed martial artist and professional wrestler of Italian descent, who fought in Kyokushin karate, professional kickboxing, and K-1 tournaments. He holds notable kickboxing victories over Branko Cikatic, Ernesto Hoost, Mike Bernardo, Stefan Leko, and Ray Sefo, as well as MMA victories over Heath Herring and Shungo Oyama.
Biography and career
Greco was born in Melbourne, Australia. His 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 Australian premier league team Brunswick Juventus. He played as well for Heidelberg soccer club in Melbourne.
He trained in Kyokushin karate since age of 19 and started competing in full contact karate tournaments at age of 21.
After retiring in 2005 from professional competition, Sam Greco worked as trainer for other fighters, including Bob Sapp.
Pro Wrestling career
In 1995 Greco had a small part as an enforcer in the Richard Norton movie Under the Gun, also known as Iron Fist, which was filmed in Victoria. 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 had a small part in the eightieth episode of series three of the Australian comedy Pizza, playing the Roman soldier Glutious Maximus. He made another appearance for Pizza this time in a two-part episode Holiday Pizza, playing Pauly's Italian cousin Luigi. The last appearance he made in Pizza was in the Cracker Pizza episode, playing Crackerus in the last season of the series. He also had a part in the first series of the Australian comedy Swift and Shift Couriers as Louie "Luigi" Marietti. Both Pizza and Swift and Shift Couriers were created by Greco's good friend Paul Fenech.
He played the Masked Wrestler Zarkos in Scooby-Doo. In the movie Zarkos appears as one of N'Goo Tuana's henchmen, but later he sneaks up on Daphne and captures her and steals the Daemon Ritus from her. Later in the movie he tries to sneak up on Daphne and capture her again but instead they end up fighting, near the end of the fight he grabs Daphne and throws her onto his back and puts her in a hold but she escapes and defeats him.
Titles and accomplishments
- 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
19 Wins (11 (T)KO's, 8 decisions), 9 Losses, 2 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|5 matches||3 wins||1 loss|
|Win||3-1-1||Shungo Oyama||KO (knees and punches)||Hero's 3||9 July 2005||1||2:37||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-1-1||Heath Herring||TKO (knee injury)||Hero's 1||26 March 2005||1||2:41||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||1-1-1||Lyoto Machida||Decision (split)||K-1 MMA ROMANEX||22 May 2004||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||1-0-1||Stefan Gamlin||Submission (rear naked choke)||K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata||14 March 2004||1||0:25||Niigata Prefecture, Japan|
|Draw||0-0-1||Masaaki Satake||Draw||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001||31 December 2001||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|