Case in point is 2014. As usual, Green was a busy man, fighting five times, and over the course of the year, he achieved many career highs.
“I got a lot of fights in as usual and I was able to gain some recognition on a national level,” Green said of last year. “I made it to the finals of the Bellator tournament. I got signed to Titan right after that and got one of the biggest wins of my career against (Miguel) Torres.
“It was a pretty active, busy, and successful year for me.”
In his last fight this past December at TFC 32, Green captured his first major MMA championship when he defeated UFC vet Steven Siler for the promotion’s 145-pound title.
“It feels great, especially with me putting in so much work,” Green told MMAWeekly.com. “Being a champion is something a fighter always strives for, so for me to accomplish that really means a lot.
“I was overwhelmed and taking it in, but I know I’m not nearly done yet. The next day I was back in training with another mission ahead of me.”
Green (14-3) will make his first defense of his title at Friday’s TFC 33 as part of Mobile Aerofest in Mobile, Ala., against hot-streaking Kurt Holobaugh (13-2).
“I think Kurt is a good fighter and is a tough opponent, but once again I’m confident that I’ll be the bigger, stronger fighter,” said Green. “I should go out there and impose my will.
“I’ve really worked harder than I ever have in this camp because I want to make statement in this fight. I think it’s going to be a good fight, but I definitely think I’ll be able to dominate him.”
Now that Green has the championship that has eluded him, he plans on working just as hard to keep it as he did to obtain it.
“If there wasn’t a title on hand, I would still be putting in as much effort, but because I have the title and this is my first defense, I want to make a statement,” said Green. “I want guys to not be so eager to come after the belt.”