Surging UFC lightweight contender Bobby Green can’t be happy about the sequence of events that saw him become the odd man out at UFC 178 in Las Vegas. The No. 7 ranked Green had a co-main event opportunity against Donald Cerrone vanish when the organization decided to replace him with newly signed former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez. Green had been initially slated to face Jorge Masvidal on Sept. 27, then “Cowboy”, but instead was removed entirely from the stacked card.
Green has won eight straight fights and is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC. “King” is coming off the biggest win of his career against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12. He showed in that contest in San Jose that he’s capable of getting the job done against elite competition. Green possesses tremendous athleticism and a well-rounded overall game. He was deserving of getting a shot at the No. 4 ranked Cerrone next month, but now the organization plans to bring him back at a November event.
It’ll be interesting to see what matchmakers decide upon when it comes to Green’s next opponent. I think an excellent test for him would be T.J. Grant. The former No. 1 contender has stated he’s close to a return after being sidelined for over a year because of concussion-related symptoms. Grant is riding a five-fight win streak but hasn’t competed since a first-round stoppage of Gray Maynard at UFC 160. He’s targeting a fall return and is optimistic that the goal is in reach. A potential Green vs. Grant matchup would make for a fan-friendly battle between two dangerous strikers.
Green is at the top of his game right now and has a number of other attractive options that could be considered if Grant isn’t ready to go by November. Green facing the likes of Michael Johnson, explosive Brazilian Edson Barboza or even Nate Diaz could be other exciting possibilities to explore.
There’s no doubt that when the talented, trash-talking Green returns to the Octagon he’ll be fueled by some extra motivation after what went down this week.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports