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 Vegas 48 Preview: Johnny Walker – Jamahal Hill

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 48, we will see a big time battle in the light heavyweight division. Top contenders will go head-to-head as Johnny Walker (18-6) takes on the surging top prospect Jamahal Hill (9-1, 1 NC).

Walker is going to be looking to bounce back in this one. The last time we saw Johnny Walker, he was headlining a UFC Fight Night against former title challenger Thiago Santos. It didn’t go well for Walker.

Walker was very tentative and not effective enough to win himself a decision. A few years ago, Walker was in the same position that Hill finds himself in now. The hottest prospect in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

However, he’s fell on harder times as he’s just 1-3 in his last four. This is a big fight for him to try and get back on track. However, it’s not going to be easy as he’s taking on arguably the best prospect the division has seen in some time.

Since earning a UFC contract on The Contender Series, Jamahal Hill has nearly been perfect and he’s racked up some big wins. Including knockout victories over Ovince St. Preux and Jimmy Crute in his last fight.

The lone loss he’s had in the UFC came against Jiu Jitsu expert Paul Craig. Craig pulled guard and locked Hill up in a nasty submission. However, outside of that, nobody has touched Hill inside the octagon.

UFC Vegas 48 Prediction

If you want to watch a fight where two guys are going to stand and trade then the UFC Vegas 48 main event is for you. I’m not expecting many takedown attempts if any at all tomorrow night.

Now, I’m very curious to see the game plan of Walker. Given Walker’s chin and how he fought Santos, I’m expecting a leg kick heavy and more cautious approach compared to how he used to fight.

That could cause some lulls in the action at UFC Vegas 48, but I’m expecting some big exchanges. In those big exchanges, I’m expecting Hill to hurt Walker. I just love Hill’s technical striking ability and his ability to land counter shots with big power.

Ultimately, I think Hill will catch Walker with something big in the second round and make another statement tomorrow night.

Prediction: Jamahal Hill by TKO – Round 2

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.