UFC 210 this past Saturday had it all, a successful title defense, a contentious decision in the co-main event, with the was it, wasn’t it legal knee by Mousasi (it was legal), the expected retirement by Patrick Cote, and the unexpected retirement from MMA of main event loser Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.
But it is down in the Fight Pass Prelims that we look at a superb UFC debut by one of New York States own, Desmond ‘The Predator’ Green.
Green went into his debut, standing across the octagon from Team Alpha Male member Josh Emmett. This would be a tough ask for Green, as Emmett has shown that grit and determination that all TAM team members show every time they walk into the octagon. And lets not forget, that Emmett has shown how good a fighter he is in his previous UFC outings, so this was no easy fight for either fighter.
But from the moment that the fight started, it looked like just another day in the office for the former University of Buffalo wrestler, as some may have been over awed by the occasion of making your promotional debut at a PPV, and in your home state, but not green.
Green would show the skill and technique that got him noticed by the UFC matchmakers in the first place. From the moment both competitors touched gloves, Green managed to keep his distance from Emmett, but not hiding away, as he was able to land clean combo, after clean combo.
Keeping his distance from a renowned wrestler like Emmett seemed to be Green’s game plan from the get go, but he was still able to push the pace of the fight, and control it in a sense, causing Emmett to look for the big strikes, allowing Desmond to duck inside, landing counter after counter.
Even though both fighters are accomplished wrestlers this fight stayed standing for the majority of the fight, with Emmett looking for a takedown early in the second, which was defended to precision by Green.
But it was the distance he kept, causing Emmett to go big, that allowed The Predator to sneak in and land a big Takedown slam, and even though Emmett did attempt some submissions, Green showed his versatility on the ground and defended each one, while still keeping top control.
With more takedown attempts by both fighters in the later stages of round two, and the majority of round three, and all being stuffed by the intended recipient, this caused both fighters to look for another way to finish the fight.
In the third, Emmett did look to throw more punches, but it was Green who landed more significant strikes, but with each attempt Emmett had, Green showed just how good his defense is, by bobbing and weaving, hardly being struck by anything that Emmett had to offer.
But neither fighter could find the finish, leading it to be left all in the judges hands! And it was Green that would take the win, after a split decision win (30-27, 29-28, 28-29), giving him his first win under the UFC lights.
Like I said previously, Josh Emmett is no walk over, and for Green to come in and perform to the level he did, with no evidence of any debut nerves, can only mean good things for his future UFC career.
The only question remains…..Who will be the Predators next prey?