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UFC 156 fight card primer: Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green

Bloody Elbow gives you a brief glimpse of every fight from tonight's UFC 156 event in Las Vegas, including the UFC debut of Strikeforce transplant Bobby Green against Jacob Volkmann.

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC 156 preliminary card features 3 Strikeforce migrants, and Bobby Green (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is one of them. He'll face Jacob Volkmann (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) tonight in the lightweight division, one of 3 lightweight fights on the card.

Both of these men are in top form, at the moment. Green has won his last 4, while Volkmann has gone 6-1 since dropping his first two UFC fights. Volkmann vs. Green is one of the usual 4 fights in total that will air live on FX at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, before the PPV broadcast commences at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.

How do these two stack up?

Volkmann: 32 years old | 5'9" | 71.5" reach
Green: 26 years old | 5'10" | 71.5" reach

What have these two done recently?

Volkmann: W - Shane Roller (SUB) | L - Paul Sass (SUB) | W - Efrain Escudero (UD)
Green: W - Matt Ricehouse (UD) | W - James Terry (SD) | W - JP Reese (SUB)

How did these two get here?

Volkmann was brought in by the UFC on short-notice as a welterweight, and he had an incredibly difficult first two fights. His debut was against then-top 10 WW Paulo Thiago, then his next fight was against Martin Kampmann in 2010. Unsurprisingly he lost both, and that prompted a drop to 155 lbs, where he rattled of 5 consecutive wins. The Minnesota native was then pitted against British grappler Paul Sass at UFC 146, but Sass submitted Volkmann with a triangle-armbar in the 1st round. Volkmann then fought in Minnesota in October against WEC veteran Shane Roller, recording a submission win and his first finish in the UFC.

Green is a veteran of both Strikeforce and King of the Cage, with wins over Charles Bennett and Daron Cruickshank. In Strikeforce he dropped his debut fight against Gesias Cavalcante by split decision, but he rattled off 4 consecutive wins following the defeat. His last win was a decision win over the previously unbeaten Matt Ricehouse. Green comes in as the underdog against Volkmann, who will hold the advantage both in wrestling and in submissions.

Why should you care?

Admittedly, it would be a surprise if Green were to win. The question is whether or not Volkmann, who has been criticized for dull fights in the past, can notch a 2nd straight finish.

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