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Bobby Green (fighter)

Bobby Ray Green[3] (born September 9, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in UFC in the Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 2008, Green is the former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion and has also competed in Tachi Palace Fights, Strikeforce, and Affliction. Green also made an appearance on the MTV/MTV2 reality show Bully Beatdown.[4]

Bobby Green
BornBobby Ray Green
(1986-09-09) September 9, 1986 (age 33)
San Bernardino, California, United States
Other namesKing
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach71 in (180 cm)[1]
StyleBoxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofFontana, California, United States
TeamIcon Mixed Martial Arts
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2008–2019
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission9
By decision7
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision6
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Green was born in San Bernardino, California and became a foster child when he was five years old. Green began wrestling in his sophomore year at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, California, placing twice in the state tournament. Green began pursuing a career in professional mixed martial arts while he was also working at a warehouse to help support his son.[5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Green made his professional mixed martial arts debut in January 2008, and quickly amassed an 8-1 record while fighting on independent events. What made his success more impressive is that Green did not even train for his first dozen professional fights.[6]

Green drew the attention of Affliction Entertainment and fought on their second (and final) card Day of Reckoning. He lost to Dan Lauzon via submission in the first round. Green was docked two points in the first round, in what Sherdog has called one of the dirtiest fights in recent memory.[7]

Following the loss, Green began a successful run in the King of the Cage promotion. On February 25, 2010, Green defeated Ricky Legere via first-round TKO to win the King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Championship at KOTC Arrival at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.[8] He eventually defended the title once before losing it to Tim Means. On April 21, Green defeated Dom O'Grady by unanimous decision to win the King of the Cage Lightweight Championship.


On July 14, 2011, it was announced that Green had signed a four-fight deal with Strikeforce. It was originally announced that Green would debut against Milton Vieira at Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte.[9] However, on July 19, it was announced he would be filling in for Lyle Beerbohm against Gesias Cavalcante at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.[10] The fight was very back and forth, but Green lost the fight via a narrow split decision.

His next bout came against Charon Spain at Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough. Green won the fight via submission (arm-triangle choke) in the second round but is out indefinitely due to left and right hand injuries.[11]

Green was scheduled to face Isaac Vallie-Flagg at Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers. However, Vallie-Flagg was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by J.P. Reese. He won the fight via submission in the third round.

On May 19, 2012, Green faced James Terry at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier where he won via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

Green next faced Matt Ricehouse on August 18, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Green defeated Jacob Volkmann on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 via rear-naked choke submission in the third round.[12] After back and forth action in the first two rounds, Green displayed some great grappling, countering Volkmann's attempts and finishing with the choke after some vicious ground and pound, which forced Volkmann to give up his back. The performance earned Green Submission of the Night honors.

Green was expected to face Danny Castillo on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[13] However, in mid-July, Green pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Tim Means.[14]

Green faced James Krause on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[15] The fight ended in unusual fashion as Green had previously kicked Krause in the groin area twice, resulting in a one-point deduction. Green then landed a blow to Krause's belt line, which resulted in Krause falling to the canvas. Referee John McCarthy declared it a legal blow and awarded Green a TKO victory.[16]

Green quickly stepped back into the octagon filling in for the injured Jamie Varner against Pat Healy at UFC on Fox 9.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Green was expected to face Abel Trujillo on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169.[18] However, Green pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Jamie Varner.[19]

Green was expected to face Jim Miller on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172.[20] However, in the week leading up to the event, Green pulled out of the bout citing another injury and was replaced by Yancy Medeiros.[21]

The bout with Trujillo was rescheduled for August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[22] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Green/Trujillo was rescheduled and was expected to take place on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[23] Subsequently, Green was removed from this fight on July 11 in favor of a matchup with against Josh Thomson as Green replaced Michael Johnson on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12.[24] Green won the bout via split decision.[25]

A bout with Jorge Masvidal, first scheduled under the Strikeforce banner in 2012 before being scrapped, was expected to take place on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[26] However, on August 14, the UFC announced that Green would now face Donald Cerrone at the event.[27] Following the signing and scheduling of former Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez to face Cerrone at the event, Green was rescheduled to compete at a later, undetermined date.[28]

Green faced Edson Barboza on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[29] Green lost the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Green was briefly linked to a bout with Jorge Masvidal on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[31] However, shortly after the fight was announced by the UFC, Green pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Benson Henderson[32]

Green was expected to face Al Iaquinta on July 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 71.[33] However, Green pulled out of the fight in mid-June citing another injury.[34]

Green next faced Dustin Poirier on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199.[35] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[36]

Green was expected to face Josh Burkman on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96.[37] However, Green pulled out of the fight on September 9 citing personal issues and was replaced by promotional newcomer Zak Ottow.[38][39]

Green faced Rashid Magomedov on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24.[40] He lost the fight by split decision.[41]

Green faced Lando Vannata on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216.[42] In round one Vannata landed an illegal knee to the head of the grounded Green, which caused referee Herb Dean to deduct Vannata a point. The judges handed down a split draw after three round with score of 29-27-27-29 and 28-28.[43] This fight earned him Fight of the Night award.[44]

Green faced Erik Koch on January 27, 2018 at UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2.[45] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[46]

Green was expected to face Beneil Dariush on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[47] However, on February 14, 2018, it was announced that Green was forced to pull out from the event, citing injury.[48]

Green was expected to face Clay Guida on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225.[49] However, Green was forced out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Charles Oliveira [50]

Green faced Drakkar Klose on December 15 at UFC on Fox 31[51] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[52] Green announced his retirement after he lost the fight.[53]

After his brief hiatus, Green returned to face Francisco Trinaldo on November 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 22.[54] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[55]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Amateur wrestlingEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
36 matches 25 wins 10 losses
By knockout 8 2
By submission 9 2
By decision 8 6
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–10–1 Francisco Trinaldo Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré November 16, 2019 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 24–9–1 Drakkar Klose Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 December 15, 2018 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 24–8–1 Erik Koch Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Draw 23–8–1 Lando Vannata Draw (split) UFC 216 October 7, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Vannata was deducted one point in round 1 due to an illegal knee. Fight of the Night.
Loss 23–8 Rashid Magomedov Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 2017 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 23–7 Dustin Poirier KO (punches) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 1 2:53 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 23–6 Edson Barboza Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 2014 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 23–5 Josh Thomson Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 22–5 Pat Healy Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 21–5 James Krause TKO (body kick) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 1 3:50 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Win 20–5 Jacob Volkmann Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 156 February 2, 2013 3 4:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 19–5 Matt Ricehouse Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 18–5 James Terry Decision (split) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 17–5 J.P. Reese Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers November 18, 2011 3 2:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–5 Charon Spain Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough September 23, 2011 2 2:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–5 Gesias Cavalcante Decision (split) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 15–4 Dom O'Grady Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Moral Victory April 21, 2011 5 5:00 Highland, California, United States Won the KOTC Lightweight Championship.
Loss 14–4 Tim Means TKO (retirement) KOTC: Inferno October 7, 2010 2 5:00 Highland, California, United States Lost the KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship.
Win 14–3 Daron Cruickshank Submission (guillotine choke) KOTC: Imminent Danger August 13, 2010 2 2:39 Mescalero, New Mexico, United States Defended the KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship.
Win 13–3 Ricky Legere TKO (punches) KOTC: Arrival February 25, 2010 1 4:27 Highland, California, United States Won the KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship.
Win 12–3 Charles Bennett KO (punches) KOTC: Fight 4 Hope December 17, 2009 1 2:17 Highland, California, United States
Loss 11–3 David Mitchell Submission (toe hold) TPF 2: Brawl in the Hall December 3, 2009 1 0:54 Lemoore, California, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 11–2 Sevak Magakian TKO (punches) Respect in the Cage 2 November 20, 2009 1 2:24 Pomona, California, United States
Win 10–2 Jeff Torch Submission (punches) KOTC: Jolted October 3, 2009 1 1:29 Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 John Ulloa Submission (armbar) KOTC: Immortal February 27, 2009 1 N/A San Bernardino, California, United States
Loss 8–2 Dan Lauzon Submission (rear-naked choke) Affliction: Day of Reckoning January 24, 2009 1 4:55 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 8–1 Toby Grear TKO (punches) TFA 11: Pounding at the Pyramid July 12, 2008 2 3:25 Long Beach, California, United States Won the TFA Lightweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Rafael Salomao TKO (punches) Warriors Fighting Championship June 28, 2008 1 4:10 Mexico City, Mexico Won the WFC Lightweight Tournament.
Win 6–1 Israel Giron KO (punches) Warriors Fighting Championship June 28, 2008 1 2:47 Mexico City, Mexico WFC Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 5–1 Santiago Manzanares Decision (split) Warriors Fighting Championship June 28, 2008 3 3:00 Mexico City, Mexico WFC Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 4–1 Raymond Ayala Submission (choke) Total Fighting Alliance 10 March 22, 2008 2 1:59 Santa Monica, California, United States
Win 3–1 Herman Terrado Submission (guillotine choke) COF 11: No Mercy March 8, 2008 3 1:28 Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 2–1 Josh Gaskins Decision (unanimous) Valor Fighting: Fight Night March 7, 2008 3 3:00 Tustin, California, United States
Win 2–0 Henry Briones Submission (guillotine choke) UCM 5 - Deadly Zone February 23, 2008 1 0:48 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 1–0 Neal Abrams KO (punches) Total Fighting Alliance 9 January 19, 2008 3 1:12 Santa Monica, California, United States


See alsoEdit


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