UFC Fight Night Utica may not feature household names, however, as a whole, this is one of the better FS1 cards to date.
The six-fight main card is headlined by a grudge match of sorts, Jimmie ‘El Terror’ Rivera finally squares off against Marlon Moraes in the evenings main event, and Gregor Gillespie vs Vinc Pichel will serve as the nights co-main.
UFC Fight Night 131, also known as UFC Utica, offers 13 fights in total, and with veterans like Nik Lentz, Belal Muhammad, Des Green, and promotional newcomer Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres, all helping compile the evenings preliminary card. Fight Night Utica is must watch TV.
MyMMANews caught up with ‘The Predator’ just days before his showdown with Gleison Tibau, and New York’s own Desmond Green plans on making it a night to remember. “I’m just excited I get to fight in New York again”, Green told MyMMANews.
“For my last two fights I was traveling halfway around the world, and that’s cool and everything but whenever I get a chance to fight in my backyard I’m going to say yes.”
Green is referencing his most recent defeats, in which he dropped two close unanimous decisions to Rustam Khabilov and Michel Prazeres respectfully. Be that as it may, ‘The Predator’ knows his opponent at Fight Night Utica is fighting with his back against the wall. “Gleison is always dangerous,” Green explained.
“His back is going to be against the wall in this fight, he is basically fighting for his UFC life. He has lost three in a row, so I am expecting and preparing for the very best Gleison Tibau.”
‘The Predator’ has been honing his skills at the American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Florida with the very best in the world. With a plethora of training partners to choose from, who has Green been getting his rounds in with?
“I’ve been working with killers down here,” Green revealed.
“Michael Johnson, Kamaru Usman, and Robbie Lawler, I’ve worked with all of them for this camp. I’m ready to make a statement.”
With a big showing at UFC Utica, Green could expedite his rise to the top of the lightweight division.
UFC Fight Night Utica kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST on Friday.
Mike Straus @AKAstraus21 is a credentialed MMA journalist and a member of the MMAJA. He has been a fan of the sport since its inception and has been covering the sport professionally for three years. In the past, he has produced content for Fansided’s Cagepages, mma-media.com, and Combatpress.com. He currently contributes for MyMMANews.com, he is a staff writer for Cagesidepress.com, and LowKickMMA.com. He most recently began writing for BJPenn.com.