Fighter Showcase - Bobby "King" Green



With his upcoming short notice bout against one of the most feared and avoided lightweights in the world #4 ranked Islam Makhachev (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) after Beneil Dariush withdrew due to injury, Bobby "King" Green (29-12-1 MMA, 10-7-1) finally gets his rightful shine after fighting for the UFC for 9 whole years and a whole plethora of memorable fights with a murderer's row of lightweights. With a unique and fan friendly style with his shoulder roll defense (which is barely seen in MMA as a whole) as well as being down to earth and one of the realest fighters to ever grace the UFC. His fight style is hands down and almost comes off as cocky, with head movement and straight punches that keeps his opponents dead in their tracks. He now has a massive voice within the fighting scene which is now amplified with the new found spotlight earned. Green should rightfully be labeled as the "BMF Champion" with taking on a avoided Dagestani machine in Islam Makhachev and fighting such names like Rafael Fiziev, Dustin Poirer, Edson Barboza, Josh Thomson, Rashid Magomedov just to name a few.



Starting his professional career all the way back in 2008 and was mostly known for his wrestling ability after wrestling career in Fontana, California at Fontana A.B Miller High School. Starting his career 7-1 on the regional scene off the back of his wrestler ability, Green's first real test was at Affliction 2 (which was owned by Donald Trump and went from a clothing line to a fighting promotion at the time) in January of 2009, losing to the brother of long time UFC veteran and TUF Season 5 alum Joe Lauzon, Dan Lauzon by 1st round rear naked choke. Finding his way to KOTC (King Of The Cage) afterwards, most fighters who become champions in KOTC are signed to another major promotion such as Daniel Cormier, Sean Strickland, Diego Sanchez and Juan Archuleta. He immediately found success in the cage as well success with his stand up, a 1st round KO win over the infamous Charles "Crazy Horse" Bennett led to a shot at the KOTC lightweight championship against Ricky Legere Jr., which he won by 1st round TKO. With a title defense over future UFC fighter Daron Crucikshank and a loss to future UFC fighter Tim Means, Green won the KOTC lightweight championship for a second time in a 5 round decision to make him a two time champ and some real recognition to his name.



3 months after winning the title, Green vacated his belt to make his Strikeforce debut in a controversial split decision loss to K-1 and Dream veteran Gesias Cavalcante. After his debut loss, Green went on a tear winning 4 straight and with Strikeforce being bought out by the UFC in 2011, that paved the way for Green to make his UFC debut. His debut against Jacob Volkmann, who had already logged in 9 UFC appearances and beat names like Antonio McKee and Efrain Escudero. Green won the submission of the night bonus with a 3rd round rear naked choke victory and went on a 3 fight win streak afterwards as well as being ranked as high up as #13 in the world. After the tragic passing of his little brother in may of 2014 (Rest In Peace), Green won the biggest fight of his career, a split decision victory over former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson and having him ranked as high as #7 in the world. Finding mixed success in the next 6 years including a 2 year layoff from 2014 to 2016 due to injuries. Green found the same stretch luck he had found after his debut in 2020. With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the world globally, the UFC pioneered and were the first major US sport to have events and Bobby Green took full advantage. With a decision win over long-time UFC legend Clay Guida to kick off his 2020 campaign, he rattled off two more impressive wins over Lando Vannata and Alan Patrick (all 3 fights were spanned in just 4 months). His 3-1 2020 (only loss a controversial decision loss to Thiago Moises) helped him get his groove back and got him another big fight against Tiger Muay Thai product and surging star Rafael Fiziev as the preliminary headliner of UFC 265. He may have lost the fight by decision, but his stock BOOMED with having the fans eating out the palm of his hand in the 3rd round and displaying how great Bobby Green is and why he is the king. He followed up with his stock being at an all time high with his first finish in 9 years with a first round TKO victory over hometown favorite Al Iaquinta and 3 months after as the main card opener for UFC 271, beat down prospect Nasrat Haqparast for all 3 rounds, earning himself a unanimous decision win.


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Bobby Green as a fighter has evolved vastly throughout the years from banking on his wrestling abilities and his heart to win early in his career to becoming one of the best boxers on the entire UFC roster and incredibly high level defense. Through all the hardships and ups and downs he as faced with his career, at the ripe age of 35, is finding his way inching closer to stardom with his attitude and his fighting ability. Cutting 40 pounds in a week to save a card and willing to fight anyone at anytime makes Green stand out and his name will not be forgotten even after his career comes to an end. The main event against Islam is a fight that many suspect that Green does not stand much chance due to the mystic around him and the talent he holds inside the cage, but just like Green said in his interview on the MMA Hour, "I'm going to walk in there like a gangster and punch him right in the face".

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