Two exciting Lightweight up-and-comers are set to meet tonight (Weds., Nov. 6, 2013) at UFC Fight Night 31: "Fight for Troops 3," which takes place at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, when Bobby Green and James Krause go toe-to-toe in a 155-pound bout planned for for the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" portion of the under card.
And when the pair eventually lock 'em up, they're poised put on a great show inside the Octagon.
Green, with only about six years in the sport, has accumulated 25 professional fights, reigning victorious in 20 of those appearances. His style is fun to watch, with a brawler-esque approach complemented by well-honed skills in every facet of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Indeed, his wrestling, grappling and striking are all very solid, a fighter who always moves forward.
This style allows Green to take fighters out of their comfort zones, which we saw in the second and third rounds of his fight with Jacob Volkmann at UFC 156. Not only was Green able to overcome a first round in which he was soundly dominated, he ravaged "Dr. Feelgood" for the next two rounds, taking away hope and precious energy from a fighter who is used to doing the same to his opponents. He reversed positions in the third round after a Volkmann takedown, and after dropping heavy shots from mounted position, sunk in a fight-ending rear-naked choke to seal the deal for an upset win.
Green will always look to impose his will on his opponents and he is usually able to do so because he is very athletic. His speed and power are hard to match, while his good cardio allows him to always keep an opponent on his heels. This will pay dividends against Krause, a fighter much taller than him and one who thrives when given space.
Krause has to take his approach to this fight very seriously. He is usually good -- albeit sometimes inconsistent -- defensively, and his ability to cut angles to avoid pressure is something other strikers should note. He is smart about how he uses his lengthy build, punishing opponents from the outside with long punches and kicks, as well as brutal knees that he lands when an opponent gets a little too close.
In this fight, Krause will be tested against an opponent who can challenge him everywhere. I don't believe he has the athletic ability of Green, which may cost him if he can't intelligently impose his game. If he is repeatedly put into the clinch, he'll have to do his best to separate and find distance because that is where he will do his best work.
Bobby Green vs. James Krause is a match where both men will look for the upper hand constantly. Expect Green to come out with a fast start and keep up the pressure, which is the reason Krause will have to be sharp to keep from getting overwhelmed. Ultimately, if he is on point, I expect this to be a fun back-and-forth battle between two lightweights with very high workrates.
Expect both fighters to go all-out this evening, fighting in heated exchanges at striking distance, in the clinch and on the mat, producing a fight that will certainly be fun to watch. On a night filled with interestingly close match ups, Green and Krause have the most on-paper potential to deliver the UFC Fight Night 31 "Fight of the Night" once the hangar door closes.