There were only positive words last weekend about Bobby Green and his performance in the fight against Nasrat Haqparast. It turned out that many mentioned it as perhaps the best performance in the career of 35-year-old Green, and commentator Jon Anik launched an initiative to give Green a place in the main fight of an event for the first time.
Green got it, but much earlier than anyone would have expected. He accepted and jumped into the biggest fight of his career, just two weeks after the aforementioned performance at the UFC 271 event. He is facing a clash against Islam Makhachev, which he will enter on February 26 as a clear outsider.
However, not everyone writes him off. In fact, Michael Bisping believes that Green has a great chance to make surprises and stop Khabib Nurmagomedov in his quest for the top. "Just jumping Bobby Green is a great opportunity and, let's be honest and realistic now, Bobby can win that fight.
On his feet Bobby is much better than Islam. "
"Islam can fight and strike, of course he can. He is not someone who has only wrestling "But he's not nearly as fast as Bobby Green or nearly as good. He doesn't do as well as his legs."
"Of course, when it comes to wrestling and jiu-jitsu, I really prefer Islam," Bisping said on his YouTube channel, adding : "Islam is a better fighter, but he has to take the fight to the floor. What we know very well about Bobby Green is 'sprawl', he has a wonderful 'sprawl' and also very good takedown."
"I doubt he will use that in this fight, it wouldn't be cleverly to takedown Islam. Bobby has to keep fighting on his feet and make Islam on his hind legs or move backwards. Islam is great, we are all thrilled with him.
Call me crazy but I believe Bobby has a very good chance of taking this." "Of course, there is also a good chance that Islam will take him down and dominate him, but I don't think it's that simple. "
Green has celebrated in five of his last seven fights, but he has also been extremely active all along.
This will be his fourth fight since August last year, but he himself claims that he feels best when there is no long break between fights. Nothing special will be prepared for Makhachev. He will study in the Octagon and give everything he has, with the goal of achieving a victory that will change his life.
He has already proved that he should not be written off, as well as that he is a fighter who is the best when he fights by his instinct. And so it will be this time. Islam Makhachev will by no means have an easy job in realizing his ambitions. Especially since many see him in the fight for the UFC title right after Green.