Desmond Green (22-8) will be fighting in his home town of Rochester, New York this weekend at UFC Fight Night 152. When Green began, his mixed martial arts career fighting in New York State was banned and since the ban was lifted in New York, the UFC is making their eleventh appearance in Rochester with a chance for Green to fight at home. The UFC has been good about putting New Yorkers on their New York events but this one is one that Green needed to be on.
Green said as much after his finish over Ross Pearson in March and he is getting his wish this weekend when he faces Charles Jourdain at UFC Fight Night 152. Jourdain is making his UFC debut and since being there was so important to Green, he will be welcoming the 9-1 fighter to the UFC. The fight is mutually beneficial since Green told ESPN he needed to be on the card.
Green has fought in the CFFC, Bellator and now the UFC. With his record in the UFC being 3-3, the win over Pearson seems to the sign that the man who calls himself “The Predator” has evolved. That is something UFC President Dana White eluded to when speaking to New York Upstate about Rochester’s Green.
White said Green, “very talented or we wouldn’t even be considering him in the UFC.” However, mixed martial arts is unpredictable and with a young fighter like Jourdain, anything could happen. White mentioned that too when speaking about Green when he said, “You never know on a fight by fight basis. We’ll see how he performs that night in Rochester and we can go from there.”
Of Jourdain’s nine wins, all of them are finishes by knockout/TKO or submission so the fight is certain to be a test for both men.
Do you think Green will have the hometown advantage Saturday?