This is the UFC Vegas 49 live blog for the main event fight between Islam Makhachev and Bobby Green, which takes place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Originally, this fight was scheduled to be a lightweight No. 1 contender fight between Makhachev and Beneil Dariush. Dariush, however, was forced to pull out of the fight after sustaining an injury two weeks prior. In stepped Green, who just defeated Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 271 earlier this month. But given the short-notice nature of the booking, the bout was shifted to a 160-pound catchweight affair.
Even with the change of opponent, Makhachev, who is tied with Beneil Dariush at No. 4 in the lightweight MMA Fighting Global Rankings, still hopes a dominant victory here will punch his ticket to a title shot. A win for Green would propel the veteran, well-respected fighter to the top of the lightweight division. It will also put him in title contention.
Check out the UFC Vegas 49 live blog.