Saturday, Feb. 3rd, in Belem, Brazil, Lightweight contender Desmond Green will take on the Brazilian native, Michel Prazeres. Green will walk into the octagon this weekend coming off of a close loss, while Prazeres is riding a five fight win streak.
FightBook MMA sat down with Desmond Green to discuss his up-and-coming bout on the Fight Night main-card, and there’s no doubt he’s ready to end the hype train.
“I think Prazeres is a good opponent, but my skill set is much better“, Green said. “I like that he is on a win streak so I can take his hype train, even though I lost my last fight, most people think I won, so just some small adjustments and I will get the victory again. (My) game plan is to just be more aggressive and utilize my wrestling more.” With himself, and many others disagreeing with his decision loss to Rustam Khabilov, the loss only motivated Green to be more active and dominant, assuring that doesn’t happen again.
When asked if there was any added pressure fighting on Prazeres home turf: “No added pressure, I’m used to fighting in other peoples back yards, it gives me motivation when my back is against the wall.”
Green didn’t have anyone in particular regarding who was next on his radar in assumption he’s victorious this weekend, however, he made it clear that it’s not a matter of if, but when he becomes the number one: “I want to fight anyone in that top 10, I believe I will be #1, so I have to start chopping down those top guys.” Desmond Green made his octagon debut in April of 2017, where he took home the split decision victory over Josh Emmett, who is now the ranked #4 Featherweight in the world. We asked Green if a rematch in the future with Emmett sparked his interest, and his answer was “No.”, stating Emmett was ranked, but not at 155lbs, and that he’s not worried about him, nor a rematch.
As a Lightweight contender, we got Green’s thoughts on the current championship situation at the top of the division, and he had this to say: “I think it’s clogged up at the top of the division right now due to Conor’s (McGregor) lack of activity and defending his belt, but it will all get cleared up this year and give me room to take over.”
Tune in this Saturday at 10pm EST for the Fight Night 125 main-card, headlined by Lyoto Machida and Eryk Anders, also featuring Desmond Green.
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UFC Fight Night 125 (Belem, Brazil)
Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders
John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Michel Prazeres vs. Desmond Green
Marcelo Golm vs. Timothy Johnson
Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
Damir Hadzovic vs. Alan Patrick
Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto
Tim Means vs. Sergio Moraes
Marlon Vera vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
Maia Stevenson vs. Polyana Viana
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