Desmond GreenGreen, 28, lost control of his Dodge Durango while driving northbound on I-75 near Davie, Fla. at about 6 a.m. Saturday morning. His SUV veered into the path of a semi tractor-trailer, causing a chain reaction crash that involved three other vehicles.
Two women who were passengers in a Toyota Yaris -- Emelina Morfa, 67, and Emma Suarez Hernandez, 76 -- were killed. The driver of the Toyota, 64-year-old Mily Vita-Vega, was seriously hurt in the crash and is being treated at a hospital in Hollywood, Fla.
The driver of an Acura 3.2 TL, Armando Alvarez, 23, suffered minor injuries.
Authorities shut down the northbound lanes of I-75 for several hours to clear the scene after the crash. All lanes had reopened by 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
Prior to launching his pro MMA career in April 2012, Green had been a New York state wrestling champ at Rush-Henrietta High School. He continued his mat career at Buffalo, where he won back-to-back MAC titles at 149 pounds in 2009 and 2010, and was a three-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifier.
Green trains in Florida with Hard Knocks 365, according to ESPN. The New York native has a 21-7 overall record, having won six of his last eight bouts. Green was slated to face Mairbek Taisumov in Moscow on Sept. 15.