When Bobby Green entered the hallowed octagon for the last time at UFC Fight Night 222 on April 22, 2023, as the always-entertaining fighter announced he was going to change his name to 'King' following his upcoming bout.
The name 'King' has been Green's nickname in the cage for many years, but he chose to change his name permanently for reasons you may not expect.
Ahead of his clash with Jared Gordon in April, Bobby Green was interviewed by Charly Arnolt of ESPN MMA, where he explained the decision behind his name change.
"I come from a broken background where I didn't have a mother, didn't have a father, all those different things. Being in foster care. And letting people know that you can come from ground zero, having nothing, being homeless to building whatever it is that you're trying to build. Whatever you're trying to be, I don't want anybody to feel like they can't do it."
"If I did it with the circumstances I had, you can too. It's just about showing somebody that I'm a king, just like you. You're a king or a queen and I treat everybody like royalty..."
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Bobby Green will look forward to continuing the streak this weekend
Bobby Green had a tough going in 2022. After defeating Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 271 in February 2022, he lost to Islam Makhachev and Drew Dober via knockout in back-to-back fights. He hoped to get back to winning ways by defeating Jared Gordon in April 2023. However, the fight was ruled a no-contest after an accidental clash of heads knocked out Jared Gordon in the third round.
In his most recent outing, 'King' went up against the former interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 291 on July 29. After surviving an early scare, Green managed to get the upper hand and won the fight via technical submission due to an arm-triangle choke in round three.
The victory ended Bobby Green's three-fight winless streak and raised his stock in the lightweight division. The 37-year-old then took on Grant Dawson in October 2023. Dawson was the dark horse of the division, riding a nine-fight undefeated run in the UFC. Green did quick work of him, winning the fight via knockout at 0:33 mark of the very first round.
Bobby Green will now look forward to building the momentum further as he faces Jalin Turner at UFC on ESPN 52 on Dec. 2, 2023. He was originally scheduled to fight Dan Hooker. However, 'Hangman' had to pull out of the fight due to an arm injury that required surgery.