UFC lightweight Bobby Green is getting a major opportunity later this month at UFC on FOX 12 as the result of an injury to Michael Johnson. King is stepping in on short notice to square off against no.3-ranked contender Josh Thomson on July 26th in San Jose. Green had been gearing up for a showdown against Abel Trujillo at Fight Night 47 until the switch was made.
Green has gone a perfect 3-0 inside the Octagon and most recently earned a unanimous decision victory over Pat Healy. Green utilized his superior striking skills in outlasting the rugged veteran over three hard-fought rounds at UFC on FOX 9 in December. The former Strikeforce veteran carries plenty of momentum and confidence into this matchup thanks to an impressive seven-fight win streak.
The no.12-ranked Green holds other UFC victories over Jacob Volkmann and James Krause but this will definitely represent his toughest test. He’s produced 8 knockouts and 9 submissions in 22 career victories and would very likely enter top-10 territory with another win against a dangerous opponent.
The 35-year old Thomson is in bounce-back mode after a tough split-decision loss against former champion Benson Henderson in his last appearance at UFC on FOX 10. It was an extremely close five-round affair that could’ve gone either way. The former Strikeforce champion briefly pondered retirement after that setback, but is poised to make a return in his hometown. A victory over Green would help Thomson inch his way back into title contention.
Thomson has showcased a solid all-around game during his career and has faced a number of top-flight competitors. Thomson has gone 1-1 in his second UFC stint with that victory being an impressive TKO victory over Nate Diaz. Thomson earned a Knockout of the Night bonus in becoming the first man to stop Diaz via strikes. He has 14 finishes in 20 career triumphs.
While the original Johnson vs. Thomson matchup would have been an outstanding one, the insertion of Green still make this clash a very meaningful one in the 155-pound division. Green will be looking for the biggest victory of his UFC career, while Thomson will be looking to prove he still has the skills to stay in the title conversation.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports