UFC books Bobby Green – Jim Miller

The UFC has finalized a fun matchup between two of the more tenured lightweights in the promotion. MMA Junkie was the first to report yesterday that “King” Bobby Green (29-13-1) returns in July as he takes on Jim “A-10” Miller (34-16).

The matchup will take place on July 2nd at UFC 276. Originally, Miller and Bobby Green were supposed to fight back in February of 2021 but that fight was scrapped. Now, they will meet in July.

For Miller, He’s going to be looking for his third straight win. Jim Miller has made it clear what he wants in terms of finishing out his career. He wants to continue fighting until he gets the chance to compete at UFC 300.

Miller would have fought then on the 100th, 200th, and 300th PPV for the promotion. A-10 went through a rough stretch in 2020 and 2021 where he went 1-3 in four fights. Wasn’t sure if he’d be able to make it to UFC 300, but he’s really turned things around.

He has scored back-to-back finishes over Nikolas Motta and Erick Gonzalez. If he can beat Bobby Green, it will go a long way in showing that Jim Miller still has plenty in the tank.

UFC’s King Returns

Entering 2020, Bobby Green wasn’t sure if he wanted to keep fighting. He had gone through a rough stretch in his UFC career that saw him go 1-5-1 in seven fights. However, he wanted to keep fighting and started his 2020 in June against Clay Guida.

Starting with the Guida fight, Green won three straight UFC fights. Those three wins earned him fights with Thiago Moises and Rafael Fiziev. Now, he lost both of those, but he had good showings especially against Fiziev.

After that, he won another two fights and these were even more impressive. He knocked out Al Iaquinta at UFC 268 and then completely pieced up Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 271 in February.

After that, he took a very short-notice main event against Islam Makhachev. Now, he was finished in the first round, but I’m throwing that fight out due to the extreme short-notice.

This is a big fight for Green to get back on track and get back to his winning ways. This should be a fun one for fans.

What’s next for Bobby Green after UFC Vegas 49?

This past weekend at UFC Vegas 49, Bobby Green (29-13, 1 NC) had a chance to come in and shock the world. Green was taking on the man who many believe is currently the best lightweight in the promotion, Islam Makhachev (22-1).

Makhachev was set to take on Beneil Dariush, but Dariush injured his leg about a week before the event. The UFC needed a replacement. They looked to Bobby Green who had just fought a week and a half prior.

Green jumped at the opportunity to take on one of the best in the world in a main event. It was Green’s first UFC main event which was long overdue. Green came into the fight with a punchers chance and was going to need to land something big to get the job done.

However, he really never got a chance to do so. After an initial feeling out process, Makhachev dove on Green’s legs and secured a takedown. Makhachev went through the guard to secure a dominant position. Green would go on to get stopped in the first at UFC Vegas 49.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 49?

Let’s be clear in that Bobby Green didn’t lose an ounce of ground in terms of his placement in the division. In fact, he earned himself a better position with the UFC by being willing to take on the short-notice main event.

Clearly, Green was overmatched in that spot. However, he was willing to take the chance and he did the UFC a massive favor. Now that this main event is behind him, the promotion needs to give him a fight with someone in the same ballpark in terms of division placement.

There’s one fight that comes to mind that I think would be a ton of fun. I think the matchup for the UFC to make is booking Bobby Green against Brad Riddell (10-2). Riddell just lost his first UFC fight to Rafael Fiziev who also recently beat Bobby Green.

These two would have a sensational striking matchup that fight fans would be drawn too. Sign me up for this one all day everyday and don’t be shocked if this gets booked next.

After another dominant win at UFC Vegas 49, what’s next for Islam Makhachev?

This past weekend in the main event of UFC Vegas 49, we saw a matchup between two dynamic lightweight contenders. The surging top contender Islam Makhachev (22-1) was taking on a veteran of the fight game in the “King” Bobby Green (29-13, 1 NC).

Now, it was not the fight that we were supposed to see at UFC Vegas 49. Originally, Makhachev was supposed to face off against Beneil Dariush (21-4-1). That matchup would’ve been pairing two top five contenders against each other and many thought it was a title eliminator.

However, Dariush got injured at the last minute and the unranked Bobby Green stepped in on short-notice. Makhachev did what he needed to do and he ran through Bobby Green in the first round at UFC Vegas 49.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 49?

Earlier this week, it looked like Islam Makhachev was going to have a very fast turnaround. After Rafael Fiziev fell out of the co-main event of UFC 272’s fight against Rafael Dos Anjos (30-13), Makhachev volunteered to step in on short-notice.

I have heard that RDA accepted the fight. However, for one reason or another, there were issues on the Makhachev side in getting the fight done. His camp believes he’s in the drivers seat for a UFC title shot so there was hesitancy in taking a fight against the former champion on short-notice.

Whatever the truth is, we might never know. So what is next for Islam Makhachev? Well, his camp believes that he should be facing the winner of Charles Oliveira – Justin Gaethje for the lightweight title. While that’s certainly a possibility, it’s far from a guarantee.

The UFC doesn’t know what will be next for the lightweight title after the May fight. Whether people like it or not, Conor McGregor factors into the decision there especially if Charles Oliveira retains the title.

Something tells me that Islam is not going to be fighting for the UFC title next. Don’t know why, but I don’t see it happening. With that, I could see them putting back together the Dariush fight if Dariush can return in a decent amount of time. Dana White has already expressed interest.

However, the fight I think that’ll happen is him against RDA. There’s heat there and it makes sense. I think Makhachev needs another top five-ten win to get a title shot and a win over RDA would get him that.

Islam Makhachev runs through Bobby Green at UFC Vegas 49

In the main event of UFC Vegas 49, we saw a very fun and intriguing catchweight fight between top lightweight contenders. Lightweights Islam Makhachev (21-1) and Bobby Green (29-12-1) met at a catchweight of 160 pounds.

Originally, Makhachev was supposed to face Beneil Dariush in this UFC Vegas 49 main event. However, after Dariush got hurt at the last minute, Bobby Green stepped in on less than two weeks notice which is why the fight will happen at 160 pounds.

Bobby Green came into this fight on the heels of back-to-back wins. He just fought at UFC 271 where he completely outclassed Nasrat Haqparast. Going into tonight, Bobby Green had nothing to lose and everything to gain which made him incredibly dangerous.

However, he had a tall order in front of him. Many are already declaring that Islam Makhachev will be the UFC lightweight champion by the end of the year. The protégé and training partner of Khabib Nurmagomedov has nearly been perfect in his career.

He came into tonight riding a nine-fight win streak. He last fought at UFC 267 where he quickly submitted Dan Hooker. Makhachev and his camp were hoping that a win over Bobby Green tonight would vault him into the next lightweight title shot.

UFC Vegas 49 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 49 main event started with no touch of the gloves. Green immediately takes the center and Makhachev goes for a head kick. Low kick just misses from Makhachev. Green talking to Makhachev as Makhachev comes in and tries to get a body lock but Green shakes him off.

Both men whiff on kicks and Makhachev pushes forward. Green evading everything thus far. Body kick from Green lands but it’s caught and Makhachev pushes him back against the fence. However, Green defends well and he gets Makhachev off of him. Makhachev immediately reshoots and gets a double leg takedown.

Heavy top pressure here from Makhachev and he settles into half guard. Makhachev looking for a kimura here and he uses it to transition into mount. Green trying to defend but he gives up his back here. Green gets flattened out and Makhachev is raining down shots. Makhachev isn’t letting Green out of this and the referee stops it. Easy night at the office for Islam Makhachev at UFC Vegas 49.

Islam Makhachev def. Bobby Green by TKO – Round 1

UFC Vegas 49 Preview: Islam Makhachev – Bobby Green

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 49, we are going to see a very fun and intriguing catchweight fight. Lightweights Islam Makhachev (21-1) and Bobby Green (29-12-1) will meet at a catchweight of 160 pounds.

Originally, Makhachev was supposed to face Beneil Dariush in this UFC Vegas 49 main event. However, after Dariush got hurt at the last minute, Bobby Green stepped in on less than two weeks notice which is why the fight will happen at 160 pounds.

Bobby Green comes into this fight on the heels of back-to-back wins. He just fought at UFC 271 where he completely outclassed Nasrat Haqparast. He has nothing to lose tomorrow and he’s ready to shock the world.

However, doing that is not going to be easy. Many are already declaring that Islam Makhachev will be the UFC lightweight champion by the end of the year. The protege and training partner of Khabib Nurmagomedov has nearly been perfect in his career.

He comes into this main event on a nine fight win streak. He last fought at UFC 267 where he quickly submitted Dan Hooker. He’s hoping that a win tomorrow night will earn him a shot at the lightweight title.

UFC Vegas 49 Prediction

The path to victory for Islam Makhachev is pretty simple tomorrow at UFC Vegas 49. He needs to use his wrestling to get Green to the ground and control him while he works for submissions and ground strikes.

Makhachev cannot get into a standup fight with Green for his ego. We’ve seen Makhachev lose once in his career and that’s when he was caught on the feet. If he strikes with Bobby Green, he’s going to get hit by Bobby Green.

While not having the most power in the world, Green has tremendous boxing. He ties combinations together and works his straight shots better than just about any lightweight in the UFC. It’s truly special to watch him box.

Green needs to keep the fight standing. If he can somehow keep the fight standing for the majority of three of the five rounds, he could win a decision in this one. However, I don’t think UFC Vegas 49 is going to be the night of a miracle win for Green.

I just think that Makhachev is going to be too much. The superior grappling and control is going to win out here and I see a submission in the middle rounds.

Prediction: Islam Makhachev by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 3

Bobby Green will look to shock the world at UFC Vegas 49

On Saturday night, we will see a catchweight showdown between lightweight contenders in the headliner of UFC Vegas 49. However, it’s not the matchup that we were originally supposed to see and the new man who has stepped into the spotlight of this main event spot is one we never would’ve suspected.

“King” Bobby Green (29-12-1) is a true veteran of the game. The UFC lightweight contender came to the promotion after they acquired Strikeforce which is where Green really started to show off what he could do in the cage. He made his UFC debut in 2013 and made an immediate impact.

Green started out 4-0 which included wins over Josh Thomson and James Krause. Those wins earned him a shot against Edson Barboza who was rising up at the time. Green lost that fight and then fought Dustin Poirier after where he suffered another defeat.

Things got rocky for Green in the UFC as he went just 1-5-1 over the course of seven fights. This stretch had him contemplating the end of his fighting career. However, something inside told him to keep fighting and then he turned everything around.

UFC Comeback Story

In 2020, Green returned with a vengeance and proceeded to win three straight fights that earned him a fight with ranked contender Thiago Moises. He lost that fight and then fought Rafael Fiziev who will be fighting Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 272 next week.

After those two defeats, Green got right back after it and took a fight against Al Iaquinta at UFC 268. Green made a massive statement when he knocked out “Raging” Al in the first round. He then took on the tough Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 271 just a couple of weeks ago and completely dominated the fight.

Beneil Dariush was set to headline UFC Vegas 49 against Islam Makhachev (21-1). This was being looked at as a potential title eliminator and people were really interested to see how Makhachev would do against a wrestler/grappler like Dariush.

Well, Dariush ended up hurting his ankle and the UFC needed a replacement. That’s when Bobby Green stepped in. Green is stepping in on short-notice against the guy who many believe is going to be the lightweight champion by the end of 2022.

You know who doesn’t care about the hype? Bobby Green and he doesn’t care that nobody is picking him at UFC Vegas 49. Green is insanely dangerous because he has nothing to lose here and he can go in as loose as possible. If he loses, well, nobody expected him to well.

However, if he wins, his world changes. Immediately, Green becomes a top contender in the UFC’s lightweight division and given his personality and fighting style, you will be getting more headlining fights with the king Bobby Green. It’s a tremendous story and it’ll be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

UFC closing in on Bobby Green – Islam Makhachev headliner

Last weekend at UFC 271, Bobby Green (29-12-1) put on a helluva performance against Nasrat Haqparast. Green put on a boxing clinic as he boxed in Haqparast’s face from the opening bell to the final bell on his way to winning a very lopsided decision win.

After the fight, many were saying that the UFC needed to give him a main event opportunity. In fact, I was going to write an article that was due to come out tomorrow that would talk about Green being in a main event. Well, it looks like his headlining opportunity is going to come sooner than later.

Earlier tonight, Ariel Helwani reported that Beneil Dariush had injured his ankle and was out of the UFC Vegas 49 main event. The promotion called up Bobby Green to see if he would be interested in taking on Islam Makhachev (21-1). Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, both Green and Makhachev have agreed to the new UFC Vegas 49 main event.

UFC Vegas 49

Okamoto said that the deal isn’t 100% finalized yet and it would likely have to take place at a catch weight considering the fact that Green just fought a few days ago at 155 pounds. This is a massive opportunity for Bobby Green but he’s going to be a massive underdog in next week’s headliner.

That said, if Green could pull off the unthinkable at UFC Vegas 49, suddenly he’s amongst the top ranked lightweights in the promotion. Factor that in with his personality and things just became incredibly intriguing for Bobby Green. Again, it’s going to be a very steep hill to climb next weekend.

Many believe that Islam Makhachev will be the UFC lightweight champion by the end of the year. Makhachev is Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege and many believe he is the second coming of the former lightweight king. For Makhachev, this matchup with Green is going to be a dangerous one.

Bobby Green’s hands are incredible and Islam cannot become too proud next weekend. The game plan at UFC Vegas 49 is going to be clear and that will be to take down and smash. I can’t wait for this one.

Bobby Green outclasses Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 271

On the main card of UFC 271, we saw a fun matchup in the lightweight division. One of the more charismatic fighters in the lightweight division, Bobby Green (28-12-1), was back to test himself against the tough Nasrat Haqparast (13-4).

The last time we saw Haqparast was back in September at UFC 266. That night, he was taking on his toughest test to date in Dan Hooker. Ultimately, Haqparast was outclassed by Hooker and lost a decision.

After losing his UFC debut, Haqparast is 5-2 in his last seven. He was looking to rebound tonight and he was looking to have a good performance against Bobby Green. Unlike Haqparast, the last time we saw Bobby Green, he had his hand raised in victory.

That victory came back at UFC 268 when he knocked out Al Iaquinta. That win snapped a two-fight losing streak for Green. However, both of Green’s losses were to solid opponents and he had good showings in both fights. He was looking to pickup his second straight at UFC 271.

UFC 271 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 271 lightweight contest started with immediate trash talk from Green. Green lands two jabs to start and Haqparast circles on the outside. Hands low for Bobby Green. Wild overhand left just misses for Haqparast. Jab lands for Green and more words for Haqparast.

Big right straight lands for Green. Another stiff jab from Green. Left straight lands for Green and he eats an eye poke on the exchange. Brief break and they’re back at it. Haqparast opens with a combination that just misses. Green just stalking him here and now it’s Haqparast who eats an eye poke.

Another brief pause and they’re back at it. Big jab from Bobby Green and he lands a body kick behind it. Haqparast throws big shots but Green rolls beautifully. Powerful low kick lands for Haqparast. Right straight lands for Green and then he lands a left straight.

Haqparast just misses on a right hand. Green’s defense looking sharp early. Double jab for Green. Another powerful jab from Green. Haqparast storms in with hooks but nothing lands. Green bloodying up the nose of Haqparast with his jabs.

Another nice combination from Green lands. Jab to the body then a 1-2 up top from Green lands. Another nice combination from Green ends the round and it’s 1-0 Green at UFC 271.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 271 and Haqparast is going to need to get some momentum. Pressure from Haqparast to open the round but he eats three straight jabs from Green. Another nice 1-2 from Green but Haqparast is heavy on the pressure.

Huge combination lands for Bobby Green and Haqparast tries to answer. Big left hand lands over the top for Haqparast and he’s really pressuring here . Wild miss from Haqparast as he’s trying to make Green uncomfortable. However, Green lands six straight shots on Haqparast.

Jab to the body from Haqparast. Double jab from Green and he just misses on a uppercut. Both men exchange big shots against the fence. Powerful left straight from Green. Check right hook lands for Green. Nice left hook lands for Haqparast. However, Green answers right back.

Green is catching Haqparast down the middle every time Haqparast throws big hooks. Nice right straight lands for Haqparast. Four straight punches land for Green and then he catches Haqparast again coming in. Check right hook for Green lands.

Big right and left lands for Haqparast and that got Green’s attention. Beautiful right hand lands for Green. Heavy pressure from Haqparast. Double jab from Green and then they exchange big at the end of the round. 2-0 Green at UFC 271 on my scorecard.

Round 3

Entering the final round at UFC 271 and I think Haqparast needs a finish here. Haqparast comes forward and eats a jab from Green. Low kick lands for Haqparast. Straight left lands for Green. Check right hook for Green. Big right hand lands for Green and Green is turning it on here.

Huge 1-2 from Bobby Green and the power is turning up here in the third for Green. Counter hook lands flush on Haqparast as he rushes in. Green looks absolutely sensational right now. Jab to the body and then a nice 1-2 lands for Green.

Another 1-2 lands for Green. Pressure from Haqparast and he eats a check hook from Green. Jab from Green but he eats a leg kick from Haqparast. Double jab from Bobby Green and then he throws a nice body kick. 1-2 from Green and then he catches Haqparast as he rushes in. Three straight right hands land for Green.

Haqparast gets Green along the fence briefly, but Green lands a combination to get him off of him. Jab to the body then a beautiful left hook lands for Green. Haqparast tries to come forward at the end of the round, but Green lights him up again. Complete domination from Bobby Green at UFC 271.

Bobby Green def. Nasrat Haqparast by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC books Bobby Green – Nasrat Haqparast

The UFC has finalized a barnburner in the lightweight division. MMA Reporter Walter Salcido was the first to report earlier this afternoon that the promotion booked a lightweight matchup between Bobby “King” Green (28-12-1) and Nasrat Haqparast (13-4).

The matchup will take place at UFC 271 on February 12th. For Haqparast, he will be looking to bounce back after his last performance. The last time we saw him in the octagon was back in September at UFC 266 when he took on Dan Hooker.

Now, it was a very unusual circumstance for both men who fought that night. Both men had troubles getting back into the United States due to restricted traveling. Both men arrived just in time to cut the weight they needed to, weigh in, and fight.

Haqparast had a good showing, but couldn’t match Hooker’s overall game that night. The loss snapped a two-fight winning streak which featured wins over Rafa Garcia and Alex Munoz. Overall, Haqparast is 5-3 since joining the UFC.

UFC’s King Returns

While Haqparast will look to bounce back, Bobby Green will look to pick up his second consecutive win. The last time we saw Bobby Green was back at UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden when he welcomed Al Iaquinta back to the octagon.

Green dished out a very poor homecoming party for Iaquinta by knocking him out in the first round. The win snapped a two-fight losing streak for Green. Granted, one of those losses came against Rafael Fiziev in a very entertaining fight that could’ve gone either way.

Prior to that two-fight losing streak, Green had won three straight which included wins over Clay Guida and Lando Vannata. Green has looked sensational over his last few performance and I’ve really been impressed with his striking.

This is going to be a fantastic matchup at UFC 271. If you like to watch two guys with good hands stand and trade, this is going to be the matchup for you.

After another loss at UFC Vegas 26, Donald Cerrone to get one more chance

Donald Cerrone

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 26, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC) took on Alex Morono (19-7, 1 NC). Morono stepped up as a short-notice replacement for Diego Sanchez who was released by the UFC before the fight.

This was a very dangerous fight for Cowboy to take. Heading into UFC Vegas 26, Cerrone had lost essentially five fights in a row. His last fight against Niko Price was a No Contest, but if a point wouldn’t have been taken away from Price, Cerrone would’ve lost.

Prior to the NC, he was defeated four straight times including getting finished three times in the first round. Cerrone needed a win in the worst way at UFC Vegas 26, but Alex Morono wasn’t going to be an easy fight.

Morono is a hungry welterweight who wanted to take advantage of the moment and that’s what he did. With about a minute left in the opening round, Morono cracked Cerrone with huge right hand that wobbled him.

Cowboy backed to the fence and tried to fend him off, but there was nothing he could do. Morono continued to pour on the shots until the referee stopped in and it was another first round loss for Cerrone. His fourth first round loss in his last six UFC appearances.

One more chance in the UFC

If you ask Dana White who his favorite fighters have been to deal with in the UFC, Donald Cerrone is likely near the top of the list. For years, Cowboy has been the one guy who was always willing to step in and fight anyone at anytime.

However, at 38 years old, Cowboy is starting to show the signs of all those fights. In 2019, Cerrone looked like he was closing in on a UFC title shot. Having won three fights in a row at 155, the promotion gave him Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson dominated the fight and after that Cerrone fought Justin Gaethje. Gaethje knocked him out in the first round and then Cerrone suffered the same fate at UFC 246 when he fought Conor McGregor.

Dana White said the UFC would give Cerrone one more chance, but it’s a must-win. With that, who should he fight? Well, I’m thinking someone along the lines of Bobby Green (27-11-1) or Clay Guida (36-20).

Both of those guys have been around for a long time and have recognizable names. Also, both of those are winnable fights for Cowboy. Someone cut of that cloth should be next and win or lose, Cowboy should strongly consider hanging it up afterwards.