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Bobby Green, Abel Trujillo Lightweight Battle Has Explosive Potential For UFC 176

Bobby Green lands punch on Pat Healy during lightweight fight at UFC on FOX 9

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After being pulled from this month’s UFC Fight Night 44 event in San Antonio because of an injury to scheduled opponent Myles Jury, hard-hitting lightweight Abel Trujillo has his next Octagon appearance set. Trujillo will square off against Bobby Green at UFC 176. The Aug. 2 clash features two talented strikers who are riding plenty of positive momentum.

Trujillo and Green had previously been targeted to meet at UFC 169 in February but “King” was forced to withdraw. Trujillo made the most of his opportunity against veteran Jamie Varner in New Jersey by producing a second round knockout in a tremendous all-action affair. Trujillo went home with bonuses for both Fight and Knockout of the Night.

He’s 3-1 with one no-contest during his time in the UFC and has lost just once in his last nine fights. That setback came against unbeaten Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 160. Trujillo has eight finishes by knockout or submission in his 12 career victories. He’s been quick to develop a reputation as a fan-friendly performer thanks to his aggressive and violent style.

Green is currently riding an impressive seven-fight win streak. The former Strikeforce veteran is a perfect 3-0 in the UFC with his latest victory coming against Pat Healy at UFC on FOX 9. Green was able to out strike the rugged veteran in earning a unanimous decision win. His other Octagon victories have been against James Krause and Jacob Volkmann.

Green is a crisp, accurate puncher and also possesses a wrestling background. He has 17 finishes by knockout or submission in 22 career wins. The current wave of success has Green knocking on top-10 territory as he is currently rated No. 13 in the UFC’s 155-pound landscape.

This is a matchup that was well worth UFC matchmakers revisiting after it failed to materialize at their Super Bowl weekend event. Both Trujillo and Green rely heavily on their striking skills which should lead to an explosive affair in Los Angeles.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports