UFC Charlotte Recap: Bobby Green Out Points Erik Koch
In our featured prelim, Erik Koch takes on Bobby Green in the lightweight division.
Koch was once a highly-touted prospect at featherweight. After a couple of losses and numerous injuries, Koch went up to lightweight where he’s gone 2-1 in the last three and half years. He was last seen losing a unanimous decision to Clay Guida in June of 2017.
Bobby Green also looked to be on the verge of stardom upon entering the UFC. he beat James Krause, Pat Healy and Josh Thompson in his first three bouts. Green then went on a three-fight losing streak where he fell to the likes of Dustin Poirier and Edson Barboza. We last saw Green in October of 2017 where he went to a draw a fight of the year contender against Lando Vannata.
Green lands a kick to the body. Koch lands a kick to Green’s body and then follows it with a leg kick. Koch lands a good jab. Big left lands for Koch. Green with a heavy 1-2 combination. Green is pressing Koch on the cage. Koch stuffs a trip attempt and the men break. A big right hook lands for Koch. They battle for position on the cage. Koch gets the trip and lands in Green’s half guard. Koch is working towards an arm-triangle choke. Green breaks free, scrambles and gives up his back to Koch. Koch landing punches from Green’s back. Green shakes him off and they go back to their feet. Green with glancing head kick and pushes Koch against the cage. Green lands a big right at the bell.
The MMATakeover scores the round: 10-9 for Koch
Koch comes out with leg kicks. They clinch and Green lands some nice knees to the body. Green is backing up Koch and feinting a lot. Green lands to the body, the men clinch and Green lands more knees to the body. Koch is bleeding from his nose. A left from Koch. Green with a nice right and Koch lands a left on the counter. Body kick for green. Green lands a right. Koch missing with his punches as Green continues walking him down. Green with a nice straight to the body. Green throwing combos but nothing lands cleanly. Bobby Green lands some nice punches in the clinch in the final seconds
The MMATakeover scores the round 10-9 for Green
A big right lands for Green. Green pushes Koch against the cage and they separate. Both men missing with punches as Green shoves Koch against the cage again. They split and Green continues pressing him. Green utilizing great head movement making Koch miss. Green lands a jab and gets Koch against the cage again. Green gets a takedown and lands in side control. Green lands some nice elbows from the top. Koch gets a sweep and ends up on top of Green. They have a nice scramble that ends with Green back in side control. Green goes back to landing elbows from the top. Koch is defending well but Green is all over him from side mount. The round ends with Green in Koch’s guard landing shots.
The MMA Takeover scores the round 10-9 for Green and the fight 29-28 for Bobby Green.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Bobby Green wins via Unanimous Decision (29-28)