While things haven’t exactly gone the way that featherweight Desmond “Predator” Green has planned, he’s nonetheless happy with how the year has gone.
After starting out 2014 winning his first two bouts of Bellator’s 145-pound tournament, Green came up short in the finals in May to Daniel Weichel and ended up exiting the promotion.
Thankfully for Green, when one door closes, another opens, and he was able to rebound in October with a win over former WEC champion Miguel Torres in just 46 seconds at Titan FC 31.
“That tournament didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but everything happens for a reason,” Green told MMAWeekly.com. “I was able to get other opportunities and right now things are going great.
“I thought I fought really well (against Torres). I saw an opening in the first minute and I took it. I was fighting smart and in the first couple of exchanges I kept my distance, tried to see what he had for me, and I saw that opening, went for it and got the finish.”
Initially starting out with a wrestling base, Green’s improved striking has come as the result of a move to a bigger gym recently.
“I just recently moved up to Canada to train at Tristar to get that more professional training,” said Green. “I’ve been working on my strikes and sparring a lot more.
“I started training at a smaller gym and didn’t have a lot of resources that I have now. I’m still learning how to throw proper punches, put together combos and getting my jiu-jitsu game together, but overall I’m learning so much. Every day I learn something new.”
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Green (13-3) will look to pick up his second straight win in Titan FC 32 on Dec. 19 against former UFC veteran Steven Siler (23-13) in a featherweight showdown.
“I think I’ve just got to fight the way I fight, be myself, as well as use the new tools I’ve learned,” said Green of his matchup with Siler. “If I do that, I think it will be a fight that goes my.”
Not only will a win over Siler give Green a winning streak to build off of, it will allow him to further focus his efforts further establishing himself in the featherweight ranks in 2015.
“I just want more fights and bigger names,” said Green. “That’s it. It’s as simple as that.
“Hopefully with some more big-name wins and dominating performances, I hope it will open the eyes of the MMA world and show them I’m a top prospect and belong in the big shows.”