The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Apex Facility on Saturday night for UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green. The event will be shown on ESPN+ Live Streaming service.
The main event of the evening was originally Islam Makhachev vs. Beneil Dariush in a lightweight 5 round fight, but on February 16, Dariush had to pull out of the fight due to an injury to his ankle and Bobby Green was willing to step in on 10 days notice.
To accommodate Green who was willing to save the headline event on such short notice, the fight with Makhachev will be at a catchweight of 160-pounds.
Islam Makhachev is widely considered one of the best lightweights in the UFC. Since the retirement of his friend and training partner former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, he feels it is now his time to become champion of the division.
What makes the fighter from Dagestan so dangerous is his grappling ability, just like Nurmagomedov, Makhachev has excellent wrestling and uses it to control his opponent on the ground and ground and pound or submit them.
Makhachev has only one professional MMA defeat and that was by KO in 2015 at UFC 192 to Adriano Martins and he hasn’t lost since.
He has been asking for a title shot against lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and hopefully will get one soon but first he must beat the always tough Bobby Green to move one step closer to his dream.
Late replacement Bobby Green has no fear taking on one of the most dominant lightweights in the UFC on late notice.
Green is a veteran with over 40 fights and will fight anyone, he comes from a wrestling background but also has good stand up, if he wins tonight and pulls off the upset, it will be a life changing moment for him and will shake up the division.
Catchweight (160 lb) – Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green
Middleweight – Misha Cirkunov vs. Wellington Turman
Women’s Flyweight – Ji Yeon Kim vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Lightweight – Arman Tsarukyan vs. Joel Alvarez
Middleweight – Armen Petrosyan vs. Gregory Rodrigues
Catchweight (160 lb) – Zhu Rong vs. Ignacio Bahamondes
Women’s Featherweight – Josiane Nunes vs. Ramona Pascual
Lightweight – Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam
Featherweight – Alejandro Perez vs. Jonathan Martinez
Welterweight – Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Micheal Gillmore
Flyweight – Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Hernandez
Event: UFC Fight Night Vegas 49: Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green
Venue: UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada
Date and Time: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET/PT
TV/Live Stream: ESPN+
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