Desmond Green

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Desmond Green
Born (1989-10-11) October 11, 1989 (age 29)
Rochester, New York, United States
Other namesThe Predator
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofLantana, Florida, United States
TeamTristar (formerly)
Combat Club
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[2]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission1
By decision15
By submission2
By decision6
UniversityUniversity of Buffalo
Notable school(s)Rush–Henrietta High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Desmond Green (born October 11, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division for Ultimate Fighting Championship.[2]


Green wrestled at Rush–Henrietta High School, where he won a state championship.[3] He later wrestled at University of Buffalo, where he worked towards a major degree in social sciences. He was removed from the wrestling team after he tested positive for marijuana.[4] Green was a MAC Champion and 3x Division 1 NCAA Qualifier.

Green also worked part-time at Walmart as a cashier before signing a contract with Bellator MMA.[5]

Green has three children: two daughters named Tsajelia, Dahlia and a son named Desmond Jr.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Green started his professional career in 2012. He fought mainly for northeastern American promotions. In the first year of his career, he amassed a record of 8 wins and 1 loss.

Early in 2013, shortly after winning the New England Fights lightweight title with his TKO victory over UFC veteran Henry Martinez, Green signed with Bellator MMA to fight in the featherweight tournament.[5]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Green made his promotional debut against Fabrício Guerreiro on September 13, 2013 at Bellator 99 in the quarterfinal match of Bellator season nine featherweight tournament. He lost via unanimous decision.[6]

Green faced Angelo Sanchez on October 25, 2013 at Bellator 105. He won via TKO at 1:04 of round two after the doctor stated Sanchez was unable to continue.[7]

Green faced Mike Richman on February 28, 2014 at Bellator 110 in the quarterfinal match of Bellator season ten featherweight tournament.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision. In the semifinals, he faced Will Martinez at Bellator 114 on March 28, 2014. Green again won the fight via unanimous decision. Green faced Daniel Weichel in the tournament final at Bellator 119. He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Green was released from the promotion, along with several others, on August 26, 2014.[9]

Titan Fighting Championship[edit]

In early September 2014, it was announced that Green had signed a contract with Titan Fighting Championship. He made his debut on October 31, 2014 in the main event at Titan FC 31 against Miguel Torres. Green won the fight via knockout in the first round.[10]

Green next faced UFC veteran Steven Siler on December 19, 2014 at Titan FC 32 for the vacant Titan FC Featherweight Championship.

For his first title defense Green faced UFC and Strikeforce veteran Kurt Holobaugh on March 20, 2015 at Titan FC 33. He was once again forced to cut his dreadlocks to make weight.[11] After a back and forth fight, Green lost the fight via split decision.[12]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In February 2017, it was announced that Green had signed with the UFC.[13]

Green made his promotional debut against Josh Emmett on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210.[14] He won the fight by split decision.[15]

Green faced Rustam Khabilov on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115.[16] He suffered his first loss with the promotion after losing to Khabilov via unanimous decision.[17] After the bout with Khabilov, Desmond signed a new contract with UFC.[18]

Green faced Michel Prazeres on February 3, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 125.[19] At the weigh-ins Prazeres weighed in at 161 pounds, 5 pounds over the lightweight non title fight upper limit of 156 pounds. As a result, the bout proceeded at a catchweight and Prazeres was fined 20 percent of his purse to Green.[20] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Green faced Gleison Tibau on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131.[22] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[23]

Green faced Mairbek Taisumov on September 15, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 136.[24] At weigh-ins, Taisumov weighted five pounds over lightweight non-title fight limit of 161 and he was fined 40 percent of his purse to Green.[25] Green lost a close fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Green is scheduled to face Ross Pearson on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[27]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Fatal five-car crash accident[edit]

Green was involved in a car accident in early morning of August 18, 2018 in Florida, when he lost control of his SUV and veered toward a tractor-trailer, resulting in a five-car crash which killed two people. Green suffered only minor injuries in the accident.[33][34] Green involved in a minor accident two weeks prior to this five-car crash accident where he cited driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance .[35]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–8 Mairbek Taisumov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oliynyk September 15, 2018 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Catchweight (161 lbs) bout; Taisumov missed weight.
Win 21–7 Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes June 1, 2018 3 5:00 Utica, New York, United States
Loss 20–7 Michel Prazeres Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders February 3, 2018 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil Catchweight (161 lbs) bout; Prazeres missed weight.
Loss 20–6 Rustam Khabilov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve September 2, 2017 3 5:00 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 20–5 Josh Emmett Decision (split) UFC 210 April 8, 2017 3 5:00 Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 19–5 Martin Brown Decision (majority) Titan FC 42 December 2, 2016 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States Return to Lightweight.
Win 18–5 James Freeman Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 40 August 5, 2016 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 17–5 Desmond Hill Decision (unanimous) FFC 24 June 3, 2016 3 5:00 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 16–5 David Cubas TKO (doctor stoppage) World Fighting Championship Akhmat March 12, 2016 1 3:48 Grozny, Russia Return to Lightweight.
Loss 15–5 Andre Harrison Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 35 September 19, 2015 5 5:00 Ridgefield, Washington, United States For the Titan FC Featherweight Championship.
Win 15–4 Vince Eazelle KO (punch) Titan FC 34 July 18, 2015 1 0:32 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.
Loss 14–4 Kurt Holobaugh Decision (split) Titan FC 33 March 20, 2015 5 5:00 Mobile, Alabama, United States Lost the Titan FC Featherweight Championship.
Win 14–3 Steven Siler Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 32 December 19, 2014 5 5:00 Lowell, Massachusetts, United States Won the vacant Titan FC Featherweight Championship.
Win 13–3 Miguel Torres KO (knee and punches) Titan FC 31 October 31, 2014 1 0:46 Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 12–3 Daniel Weichel Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 119 May 9, 2014 2 2:07 Rama, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season 10 Featherweight Tournament Final
Win 12–2 Will Martinez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 114 March 28, 2014 3 5:00 West Valley City, Utah, United States Bellator Season 10 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 11–2 Mike Richman Decision (unanimous) Bellator 110 February 28, 2014 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season 10 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 10–2 Angelo Sanchez TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 105 October 25, 2013 2 1:04 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Loss 9–2 Fabrício Guerreiro Decision (unanimous) Bellator 99 September 13, 2013 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season 9 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 9–1 Henry Martinez TKO (punches) NEF: Fight Night 7 May 18, 2013 2 1:50 Lewiston, Maine, United States Won the vacant NEF Lightweight Championship.
Win 8–1 John Ortolani Decision (unanimous) CFX 22 – Winter Blast February 23, 2013 3 5:00 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win 7–1 Gemiyale Adkins Decision (unanimous) PA Cage Fight 15 February 15, 2013 3 5:00 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 6–1 Rory McDonell Submission (gogoplata straight armbar) Score Fighting Series 7 November 23, 2012 1 4:41 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Return to Lightweight.
Win 6–0 Brandon Fleming Decision (unanimous) NEF: Fight Night 5 November 17, 2012 3 5:00 Lewiston, Maine, United States Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.
Win 5–0 Matt DiMarcantonio Decision (unanimous) Gladius Fights: Fyvie vs. Carlo-Clauss September 22, 2012 3 5:00 Irving, New York, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 4–0 Bruce Boyington Submission (arm-triangle choke) NEF: Fight Night 4 September 8, 2012 2 N/A Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 3–0 Ryan Peterson Decision (split) CFFC 16: Williams vs. Jacoby August 24, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Phillip LeGrand Decision (unanimous) JB Sports / Live Nation: Rock Out Knock Out June 2, 2012 3 5:00 Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Rob Font Decision (unanimous) Premier FC 8 April 1, 2012 3 5:00 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States


Mixed martial arts amateur record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 Nate Charles TKO (punches) NEF: Fight Night 1 February 11, 2012 2 2:47 Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 1–0 Allen Weeks Submission (rear-naked choke) Raging Wolf 12 December 17, 2011 1 1:29 Irving, New York, United States


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