31-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 24-8-1
May 30, 2018 Bobby Green News
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Green (undisclosed) will no longer fight Clay Guida at UFC 225 in Chicago on June 9.
News first appeared of Green's withdrawal from an Instagram post on Guida's personal account, but no specific reason has been released. This is starting to become a pattern for Green, who withdraw from his last matchup against Beneil Dariush, which was scheduled to take place at UFC 22 in March. Whatever injury Green is dealing with seems to be rearing its ugly head once again, but it will be difficult to estimate a timetable until the lightweight fighter decides to disclose specifics.
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Fantasy AnalysisGreen is a younger fighter with both height and reach advantages, which makes sense considering Guida has competed at the 145-pound division in the past. Green recently got back on track with a win over Erik Koch, but had been 0-3-1 in his four prior fights, including losses to top contenders Edson Barboza and Dustin Poirier. He had been scheduled to face Beneil Dariush at UFC 222, but ultimately had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. He'll now draw a seasoned vet in "The Carpenter," where his path to victory will involve keeping the fight standing. Green averages 5.0 significant strikes landed per minute in his UFC tenure, but he'll be going against an opponent that averages over a takedown per round.
Fantasy AnalysisThe highly anticipated March 3 fight is no more following the news. It remains relatively unknown what exactly Green is dealing with, but more information will likely come out in the coming days.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving finally worked his way back into the win column, Green has already added another fight just days after defeating Erik Koch via unanimous decision in Charlotte. That marked the first win since July of 2014 for the "King" which came months after he fought Lando Vannata to a split draw out in Vegas. Looking ahead, he will take on an opponent that competed to a majority draw in his last time out, as Dariush couldn't break Evan Dunham during their bout in October. Overall, Green will enter with a 24-8-1 career record while Dariush holds a 14-3-1 mark.
Fantasy AnalysisGreen slowly forced Koch into an all-out brawl and he took control of the fight from there on. King is most comfortable when his opponent is willing to engage him in an high-paced fight in which he can let his hands go. That happened in Rounds 2 and 3 on Saturday. Green ended up with a 134-60 edge in total strikes and he appeared to be the far fresher fighter when the final bell rung. As was the case Saturday, Green has a tendency to start slow, but in most cases he slowly picks up the pace and takes control of the fight. It's difficult to put together a long winning streak when you fight as aggressively as Green does, but without a win since July 2014, Green is more than satisfied to come away with a victory by any means necessary.
Fantasy AnalysisWhat a crazy fight. Green got considerably better after nearly being finished on multiple occasions in Round 1. It's almost as if the beating that he took seemed to wake him up. Green seems to lack the swagger and confidence that he has displayed in the past, but he is at his best in an all out brawl when he can let his hands go. Obviously a win was what Green was after, but a highly entertaining draw should be enough for Green to keep his job. Riding a three-fight losing streak entering Saturday, "King" likely would have found himself unemployed had he suffered another setback. As is, he stands a good chance of earning a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
Fantasy AnalysisNo reason was given for the change, but Green will have a chance to win his first bout since July 2014. The 30-year-old lost a split decision to Rashid Magomedov back in April, and has been limited by various injuries, participating in only two fights since late 2014.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was the right decision. Green had success in controlling Magomedov in the clinch along the fence, but he got the short end of the stick in the majority of the striking exchanges between the two men (despite the fact he was credited with 104 total strikes landed compared to just 88 for Magomedov). Green has fought just twice (including Saturday) since November 2014 and there is no doubt that he looks a bit rusty. He has dealt with a lot of injuries over the years and training every single day does not compare to being inside the cage and competing. The 30-year-old Green hasn't won a fight in nearly three years (July 26, 2014 against Josh Thomson) and has a long road back to the top in the stacked UFC lightweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisAccording to his agent Jason House, Green is dealing with some personal issues and "needs to take care of things for his family." House also mentioned that the 30-year-old lightweight is hoping to return by the end of this year or early in 2017. The UFC is currently attempting to find Burkman a new opponent for the scheduled Oct. 1 bout.
Fantasy AnalysisGreen rolled through his first four fights in the UFC against average competition, but the 29-year-old came back down to earth when he faced better competition. His last two fights have been losses -- a unanimous decision to Edson Barboza and a first-round knockout at the hands of Dustin Poirier. Granted, his loss to Poirier came after a layoff of more than 18 months due to knee surgery, so rust likely played a major factor. He'll get a bounceback opportunity against Burkman, a 35-year-old that is 1-3 in his last fought fights. Although Green didn't look great in his last bout, one would image he'll enter as a favorite in this one.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first fight in more than 18 months, Green couldn't even reach the three-minute mark. Standing in front of Poirier running his mouth with his hands down, Green was thoroughly dominated. He was able to survive an initial vicious flurry that could have ended the fight, but he never truly recovered. The most surprising (and perhaps disturbing) outcome of this fight was the fact that Green seemed perfectly content with the loss. He was singing and dancing during his entrance and he showed no signs of being upset with his disappointing effort. Very strange. At least Green got to display his sweet-looking head tattoo for the first time.
Fantasy AnalysisGreen has been on the sidelines since November 2014 due to various injuries, most notably a torn ACL. He was booked to face both Jorge Masvidal and Al Iaquinta during his time away, but he had to withdraw from both bouts. Green had won eight-straight fights prior to the Barboza bout, but it has been the injuries that have really sapped all the momentum that he seemed to put together. Green has earned a reputation as a fearless striker, but he actually has more career wins by submission (nine) than knockout (eight). All things considered, Green and Poirier are pretty similar fighters in terms of talent and ability, but it’s anyone’s guess what Green will look like after all his time on the sidelines. Missing more than 18 months at age-29 is not a good thing.
Fantasy AnalysisGreen reportedly suffered the injury while preparing for his fight against Al Iaquinta on July 15, a fight that was ultimately canceled due to the extent of Green's untimely injuries. With surgery now on tap for that same date, Green should be considered out of commission for the remainder of the calendar year.
Fantasy AnalysisAnd just like that, one of the more anticipated bouts of the summer is off. There's no word yet on what's ailing Green or how long he will be sidelined for. Green, who had won eight fights in a row, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Edson Barboza in November.