Two lightweights who turned in solid performances in Sacramento this past weekend at UFC on FOX 9 will square off in New Jersey on Super Bowl weekend at UFC 169. The Feb. 1 matchup between Abel Trujillo and Bobby Green definitely has the potential to be an explosive contest.
Trujillo destroyed Roger Bowling this past weekend in decisive fashion, earning some revenge after their previous fight had ended in a controversial no-contest due to what was deemed as an illegal knee to the face from Trujillo. Trujillo dominated the rematch from the start with his devastating striking game, and left Bowling both bloodied and battered before the bout was halted in the second round. It was a much needed win for “Killa,” who before his back-to-back fights with Bowling, had lost a lopsided decision to Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’s 2-1-1 inside the Octagon, with both victories coming by way of TKO. Trujillo throws his punches in a ferocious manner and has brutal knee strikes. He has seven career wins by knockout or submission.
As for “King,” he’s clearly feeling quite confident, thanks to a seven-fight win streak, and is 3-0 inside the Octagon. Green came in as an injury replacement for Jamie Varner in Sacramento and won a gruelling three-round decision against Pat Healy. Green showcased an impressive striking game and landed many crisp shots on “Bam Bam,” only to see Healy come on near the end of the fight with his grinding ways and non-stop pressure. For Green, the fight against Trujillo will be his third in four months. He’s also recorded wins over James Krause and Jacob Volkmann. Green has 17-of-22 victories by way of knockout or submission.
This fight will likely fly under the radar on an event that features two title fights, however, with plenty at stake for both 155 pound competitors, Green vs. Trujillo should be a contest that produces plenty of fireworks.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.