Lightweight Bobby Green (20-5) joined the ranks of underdog victors with a 3rd round submission finish of Jacob Volkmann (15-4) on the FX prelims of UFC 156. The Strikeforce transfer picked up a win in his UFC debut with the rear naked choke. Volkmann went on a 5-fight streak when he dropped down to Lightweight, but has since lost 2 of his last three bouts.
The fight looked to become a typical Volkmann grinding affair through the first round. But Green turned it around in the second when he gave Volkmann a taste of his own medicine. Green survived after a terrible standup called by referee Kim Winslow. Going into the third, Volkmann was visibly tired . Green capitalized when he took Jacob's back and locked in an RNC to finish the fight.
What was the high point of the fight?
Green hit a perfect reversal after Volkmann's final takedown attempt that put him in mount and ready to finish the fight.
Where do they go from here?
A big win over Volkmann for Green's UFC debut that puts him in a great spot. He'll need another win or two against someone near the top 25 of the division before he starts moving up.
1-2 in his last three is a far cry from how Volkmann started his Lightweight run. Much like Gleison Tibau, he's proving to be a one dimensional and limited gatekeeper of the division. He'll continue to get wins against the lower tier, but fall short when he can't control his opponent on the ground.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Watch it later, unless you just take a lot of joy in seeing Volkmann get finished.