Bobby Green is about to show the world, and every other fighter, exactly what it means to do “G sh*t.”
Earlier in the month, Green defeated Nasrat Haqparast to win a unanimous decision at UFC 271.. Following the fight, fans and pundits called for Green to get a UFC push, and just such an opportunity arrived; Green is stepping in as a late replacement to face Islam Makhachev in a 160-pound catchweight bout in the main event of UFC Vegas 49.
It’s not an easy task and takes a lot of time, but Green said he could not pass it up even though other lighter contenders were less keen.
“I found out like five days ago – I was on vacation,” Green told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “[My manager, Jason House] called me and I was like, ‘F*ck, Jason, I’m on vacation right now. I just got into a f*cking fight, and I’m fat as sh*t. I’m like 195 pounds, and I’ve got to cut to ’55?’ People don’t realize I’m a big guy. Next day, I was 175 . After enjoying all-you can-eat sushi, I realized that 195 was my new weight. I’m not gonna get all the way down to ’55. I’ll do 160 for you guys to make the show still happen, but you’re not gonna make me jump through all these f*cking hoops to make your show happen and I’m not getting something back.
“I know already, the top-10 guys, [Dan] Hooker said it best, all those motherf*ckers got the call first. All those men were total p*sies, I can assure you. They were all f*cking p*sies. They want to wait and pick their turns. ‘No, it’s not good enough. Yes, but I want more time. No, I only want to fight somebody ahead of me, but then I want it to be with the right camp and I want it to be all the right situations.’ All those guys play this like this weird game. They wait to see the perfect moment and hold on to their cards. Like, no! Sometimes, you have to leap on it and accept it as it is. Now I’m jumping over all you guys because why? You’re too p*ssy to take the opportunity.”
Green is a veteran player in the game, but has not been able to rise to the top of the lightweight division. Against Makhachev, Green will have his chance. Makhachev, who is considered a potential champion in the division by many, currently holds the fourth-ranked lightweight position in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings. He also has a winning streak of nine fights. It’s a big ask to step in against such an opponent on just 10 days’ notice, but Green says he’s here to prove a point.
” I know that this sh*t looks easy, but you still get some bruises and some damage from these fights. Green replied, “Now you want me take it back to run it again?” This is insane. “This is nuts. But, I would like to prove that I am not insane – I am f*cking nuts. I’m f*cking nuts. I’ll show all you p*ssy motherf*ckers this is how I’m gonna do this sh*t.
“Let’s do some G sh*t. Let me take you to the top of our f*cking section. He’ll be beaten in the face by me. He’ll be down if I keep hitting him with my fists. He’ll only try to learn how to wrestle and that’s fine. He’s gonna wrestle and wrestle and wrestle. I can wrestle too. That’s fine. But at the end of the day, I just want to show my peers, my colleagues, and my opponents, this is how the f*ck you do this sh*t. You don’t sit back and wait for the perfect opportunity.”
And apparently that disdain for sitting back and waiting extends towards the fight itself, too. Green says that come Saturday, he intends to bring the fight to Makhachev in a way that none of his other opponents have been able or willing to do.
“It’s G sh*t. I do G sh*t. I do sh*t that motherf*ckers don’t want to do,” Green said. My whole life is about doing sh*t, and I enjoy standing in flames for longer periods of time than other men. This is my entire life, and it’s also my mindset. Many of the guys that I have been following fight with Islam never came to his aid. He hasn’t fought yet, I think. It’s been just a match. The match feels more like a battle than a fight. This is a match of wrestling. Nah, nah. I’m gonna be the first person that puts him into a fight.
“He is about to enter a fight. And yeah he’s gonna try and shoot and yeah he’s gonna try to do those things, but I’m ready for that. This is going to be a fight. It’s not just no f*cking match. It’s about to be a fight. So my whole mind state is doing G sh*t. I’m gonna walk in that cage with my shoulders held high. All the things in the back of [the public’s] brain are known to me. It’s gonna keep coming.” It’s going to keep on coming .”
UFC Vegas 49 will take place in Las Vegas on Saturday.