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Bobby Green takes on Jacob Volkmann at UFC 156

Bobby Green is following other Strikeforce fighters as they make the transition to the UFC. He has no easy task in his debut, taking on Jacob Volkmann who is 6-1 at lightweight in the octagon. Their fight takes place at UFC 156, which is set for super bowl weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event is a super fight between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The addition of Volkmann and Green already builds on a stellar card.

Bobby Green has surprisingly never made it to the big show till now, despite being an excellent fighter. Green’s losses to Dan Lauzon, David Mitchell, Tim Means, and JZ Cavalcante set him back from making it into the world’s largest fight promotion. Luckily, all of those fighters are top notch, and losing to them does not hurt his career too much. Green will have to prove himself in his bout with Volkmann to ensure he stays in the UFC, but it will be hard considering  his opponents track record. Green will need to keep this fight standing, because at only a blue belt he could be severely outclassed when fighting a former division 1 wrestler on the ground.

Volkmann’s wrestling pedigree has won him a ton of fights, but it has not won him many fans. He lost his first two bouts in the octagon against Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann at welterweight, and that prompted him to drop to 155. From there, he beat a steady stream of opponents to go 5-0, but his name was never mentioned as a top contender due to his wrestling heavy game plan. The submission loss to Paul Sass must have spurred him to be more aggressive as he submitted Shane Roller at an October UFC on FX event in just 2:38 of the first round. If he continues to take out opponents in similar fashion he may have a chance of challenging for the title down the road.

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