Making your first appearance at anything can be nerve wracking, no less than stepping into the bright lights on a bigger stage.
That however is exactly what Desmond Green will be doing on Saturday, as he steps in the UFC octagon for the very first time.
But it is not the first time he would have stepped in front of a bigger crowd, having performed under the Bellator banner for five fights between September 2013 and May 2014, leaving with a record of 3-2 in the promotion.
However since then he has been under the Titan FC lights, with the added bonus of being able to fight in front of some UFC die-hards as the fights will stream live on fight pass.
But Green will have plenty of experience to call on from his gym, for The Predator trains at Blackzillians in Florida, with Light Heavyweight title contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, not forgetting the fighters who took part in the TUF series when they went up against fellow Florida gym American Top Team.
So the Buffalo, New York native will be well prepared as he steps in to face relative new comer Josh Emmett, when he makes his UFC debut on Saturday night at UFC 210.
At 27 you could argue that he is still young in the sport, having only fought professionally since 2012, and still yet to hit his prime, but does have quite a bit of experience inside the cage.
Walking in with a record of 19-5, Green has won the majority of his fights by decision, which would lead you to believe that cardio isn’t a problem. But don’t think because he can grind out a win over 15 minutes, the fight will be boring.
In fact the opposite is true. Green goes hard for every second of the fight, with takedown timing that is second to none. The majority however aren’t your normal single or double leg takedowns, they are slams!! You will know if the predator has made you his prey in the split second it takes him to take you from standing to being on your back.
Stylistically, the Emmett math-up is a good one for Green, and for the fans. As both fighters are capable of landing the takedown, and both can perform with the stand up if needed. And even though Green is 5 years Emmett’s junior, he does have 8 more fights under his belt, so that level of experience should come into play.
And as impressive as Emmett has been since his UFC debut, personally I don’t think he is quick enough to defend The Predator’s takedowns, which should give Green the advantage in this fight. Add that on to the fact that UFC 210 comes from Green’s hometown of Buffalo, New York, which fighting in front of your hometown will always give you a boost, I can’t look past Green in this fight.
My predictions are that it will go the distance, even though both men can finish, I see Green taking away the W with a unanimous decision, marking his arrival into the UFC which promises to be an exciting fight.
You can see both men go at it this Saturday 8th of April, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, which start at 23:15 GMT, 18:15 eastern and 15:15 western.