Bobby Green
King

USA

Looks revitalized in FOTN candidate
LightweightUFC
August 1, 2020
Green defeated Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Green and Vannata looked to be relatively evenly matched early, and while Vannata had the biggest moment in the early going (a big right hook), Green recovered quickly. Green connected with a big right hand of his own around the two-minute mark that he used to briefly take the fight to the ground. The two exchanged frequently throughout the remainder of what was a tightly-contested round. Both fighters continued to talk trash and keep their hands down into the second frame, which not surprisingly, allowed both to land. Green escaped a Vannata guillotine attempt around the midway point of Round 2 and even held top position for a bit before the two got back on the feet. Green was taken down again, but jumped back up and landed heavy on the break. Green entered the third frame seemingly ahead on the scorecards, due largely to an effective jab he used to keep Vannata at range. He dropped Vannata in the first minute and continued to punish him with short elbows on the ground, but Vannata managed to escape and get back to the feet. It was then Green's turn for a takedown, who easily eluded another guillotine attempt on the way down. He let Vannata back up to his feet yet again, and while Vannata continued throwing bombs, Green stayed out of dodge while continuing to land consistently with his jab. This was the best Green has looked in a long time, and he certainly earned the nod he received from the judges. Making this all the more impressive, Green admitted in the post-fight interview that he believes he suffered a broken hand in his last fight against Clay Guida. Injury or not, he'll also go home with an extra $50,000 after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
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Handles Clay Guida
LightweightUFC
June 20, 2020
Green defeated Clay Guida via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Finally, a decision that goes Green's way. Green has been victim to multiple bad beats from the judges over the past several years, but there was no such issues Saturday. Green was able to parlay his power and speed advantage into a 90-27 edge in total strikes landed. He also stuffed 9-of-12 takedown attempts from Guida. Green has always been an underrated wrestler, so his ability to remain upright for the most part should come as no surprise. Green looked good in a fight he should have won but the real test will come in his next bout. Green is the type of competitor who will eat a strike in order to land two of his own, and he keeps his hands real low in the stand-up game so there is most definitely a scenario in which the struggles return if the competition level rises his next time out.
Booked against UFC vet
LightweightUFC
June 9, 2020
Green is scheduled to take on Clay Guida on June 20 in Las Vegas, Guida announced via his personal Instagram.
ANALYSIS
Green has hit quite the rough patch in the UFC, as he has just one win in his last seven fights dating back to November of 2014. He'll get a chance to bounce back against the 38-year-old Guida, who has dropped two of his last three bouts. Green has a meaningful edge in striking volume, plus will enter with height and reach advantages. Guida gets the nod in terms of takedown volume, but Green sports a more-than-respectable 74 percent takedown defense.
Drops close decision in Brazil
LightweightUFC
November 16, 2019
Green lost to Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Fighting for the first time in nearly a year, Green actually looked halfway decent. In fact, an argument can be made that he deserved the decision. Unfortunately for Green, he had two major things working against him. First, is the fact this card occurred in Brazil and going to the scorecards against a fighter in his home country is always a bad idea. Second, and more importantly, is the fact Green almost certainly lost Round 3 and dropping the final frame has been the undoing of many competitors over the years. Green appeared to be leaning towards retiring following his last fight before accepting this bout against Trinaldo. It remains to be seen if Saturday's setback will again cause him to rethink his future.
Booked for Sao Paulo
LightweightUFC
August 30, 2019
Green will square off against Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After his most recent loss to Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 31 back in December, it looked like Green was going to call it a career at 32 years old, but the American is back for yet another trip to the Octagon. It's been a tough road for Green, who has just one victory in his last six fights dating back to mid-2014, at which point he was off to a perfect 4-0 start to his UFC career.
Drops tough decision
LightweightUFC
December 15, 2018
Green lost to Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Green came out attempting to use his slick boxing, and decisively won the second round due to significant top control time but Klose was able to take the third frame after "King" slowed down. Green is a fun, action fighter who has a deeper skillset than he's sometimes given credit for but periods of inactivity and an inability to compete at the highest level has seen him take a step backwards in his career. Green posted on his Instagram after the fight that he will retire from the sport, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. If he decides to call it quits, Green will leave MMA with a 24-9-1 record.