The former UFC middleweight champion and commentator, Michael Bisping, gave a small insight into this Saturdays UFC Vegas 49 main event in Las Vegas. Bisping tells fans not to completely count Bobby Green out.
Forty-two fight veteran Bobby Green jumped at the opportunity to step in on ten days notice and take on Islam Makhachev after Beniel Dariush was forced to withdraw due to injury. During his nine years under the organization, the fight night event marks Bobby Green’s first main event slot.
Many were surprised that Bobby Green answered the call as a replacement because he’s nine days out from his sublime win over Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 271. However, Green will snatch it with both hands when an opportunity presents itself.
One man who called the action on his victory over Nasrat Haqparast was Michael Bisping, that warned fans that it would be mindless to completely overlook Bobby Green in his upcoming contest and wouldn’t be surprised if he pulls off an upset.
Michael Bisping on Green vs. Makhachev
“For Bobby Green to step up – what an opportunity, and by the way, let’s be honest, Bobby can win this fight,” Michael Bisping said on his YouTube channel. “On the feet, Bobby is way better, simple as that. Islam (Makhachev) can strike, of course, he’s not a one-trick pony, he’s not just a wrestler, right? But he’s nowhere near as fast as Bobby Green. He’s nowhere near as slick. He hasn’t got the footwork either. Now, when it comes to wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu, I’ll give Islam the edge there.”
“He’s better, he’s better in that regard, but you gotta get him down,” Michael Bisping continued. “One thing we know about Bobby Green is the sprawl. He has a beautiful sprawl and really good takedowns, I doubt he will use it in the fight, it wouldn’t be smart to takedown Islam. Bobby needs to stay on the feet and put Islam on the back foot… Islam is great, we are all high on Islam, call me crazy, but I think there’s a good chance that Bobby Green might pull this off. There is also a very good chance Islam Makhachev takes him down and mauls him, but it won’t be that simple.” (Transcribed by BJPENN.com)
Green has been a man on a mission as of late, and his skill-set is getting sharper with age. Before his UFC 271 victory over Haqparast, he ended his two-fight skid when dominantly stopping Al Iaquinta at UFC 268.
Islam Makhachev looks to continue on his quest to become the undisputed UFC lightweight champion. The Russian rides a nine-fight win streak, with his most notable victory coming over Dan Hooker at UFC 267. A statement victory over a durable Bobby Green would leave Makhachev within touching distance of attaining UFC gold.