Growing up in San Bernardino, where options are limited and bad choices reside around every corner, Green committed to wrestling in high school, but had to watch his little brother, Mitchell Wayne Davis Jr., take a lead different, joining a local gang. A few years later, after wrestling became a path to mixed martial arts and the man known as “King” competed on the sport’s biggest stage, he learned that his brother had passed away; shot and killed in a car shootout.
“I lost my grandmother, I lost my brother; I didn’t have a mother; I didn’t have a father, ”said Green, reflecting on some of the main challenges and losses he has faced in his life. “All those people who use excuses like that to hold them back, I’m the epitome of that ‘never give up’.”
It’s a mantra and state of mind that he carries with him in the Octagon whenever he fights.
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“There have been a lot of fights that I’ve been in where they thought I ended up, but the next thing you know, round two and round three are mine,” he continued, smiling. sheepishly. “Even though the first one is a bit slower, the second and third are for sure mine.”
While some may characterize him as a slow starter, Green compares his approach to that of a quarterback, standing on the line of scrimmage, reading the defense and making adjustments with his coaches based on what they see. when he returns to his corner between the sleeves.
“I put all my reading together and then I want to go back to my corner, see what my coaches are telling me,” he said, breaking down his general approach. “Sammo (Head Coach Sam Mason) usually tells me, ‘Hey, I need you to be busier! »And then it is« Yes sir! And we go back and do what we need to do.
“My name is quarterback because I’m going to go out there and fight the fight, but I don’t have a specific game plan,” continued Green, who arrived at the UFC on a four-streak. consecutive wins before adding four more wins. to climb into the Top 10 in the lightweight division before a long series of close and competitive fights and unfavorable results knock him out of the standings.
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“I have things I want to do, but it’s not a real game plan because I don’t know what he’s going to do,” he said of his fight with Iaquinta, who enters a skid of two fights. and is competing for the first time in 25 months on Saturday. “I’m playing outside of the game because if they blitz all night I’m going to start calling audibles and changing the whole line, start doing it based on how he plays the game.