Heading into Strikeforce & M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson this past Saturday, Bobby “King” Green knew he was an underdog heading into is bout with Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante.
“I read somewhere that it was a million to one odds that I’d win that fight,” Green told MMAWeekly.com. “So for me to take it on 10 days notice, with three years experience in fighting going against a guy who was a (Hero’S 2007 Middleweight Tournament) champion and has been doing this for years; I did a hell of a job.”
What Green did was, in the eyes of some, defeat his more highly regarded opponent; but the judges did not see it that way.
At the end of three rounds, two judges had it 29-28 in favor of Cavalcante, while one had the same score, but for Green.
“I know I won – I’d bet my life on it – just watch the fight,” exclaimed Green. “I was disappointed (in the judges’ decision.)”
The decision was not only met with controversy, but Green also addressed a moment in the fight where people thought he might have lost.
“I know there’s a lot of controversy saying I tapped (to a Cavalcante rear naked choke attempt), but I never tapped,” he said. “It was never a tap, it was just me sitting there, waiting for the round to end.
“Herb Dean asked me to show something that I was okay, and I gave him the thumbs up, and after that the bell rings. It was nowhere near a tap. From there, I dominated that round. After that exchange, he did nothing. The third round I dominated. I don’t understand. I thought it was obvious that I won.”
While Green acknowledges that he fought well, he admits he could have done more.
“I feel that I fought well, but at the same time, I feel as if I was nervous,” he said. “For my debut I was fighting a very tough opponent, and I wasn’t sure how I fit in.
“I felt like, here are all these stars on the biggest show, there’s no way I should be here because I wasn’t originally called for this fight. I was just nervous.”
Usually when a fighter is perceived as being wronged by the judges, they’re usually quick to want to get back into the cage and prove themselves, but Green wants to make sure he’s truly ready before his next test.
“As of right now (Strikeforce management) said they’d keep me busy, but we don’t know when we’ll have another fight,” he said. “Honestly I want to sit back, think about everything that’s going on, and refine myself more. I still feel like I have so much more to learn.
“I really don’t know (who I’d fight next). Whomever they put in front of me; it really doesn’t matter, I just want to fight and have consistent, great shows.”
While in the record books, Green’s fight with Cavalcante is a loss, in truth he’s come out a victor, as he now has the attention of the MMA community, and with that he can continue to achieve his goal of being as entertaining a fighter as he can be.
“A lot of people came up to me and told me that I won the fight, and that makes me feel great, but at the same time, I know I can’t leave it up to the judges,” concluded Green.
“Thanks you guys for rocking out with me. It’s going to be the best show you’ll ever see, if you come watch me fight; I’m telling you, you’re going to be shocked by the things I’m going to do. I’m going to take it to the absolute limit.”