It didn’t take long for Bobby Green and Jorge Masvidal to get their next opponents — each other.
Green and Masvidal both picked up big wins Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. Brown in San Jose. Now, the two ranked lightweights will meet at UFC 178 on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas, further sweetening an already fantastic card, the UFC announced Tuesday.
Green (23-5) picked up a split decision win over Josh Thomson, vaulting him up the UFC’s lightweight contender rankings all the way to No. 7. And for good reason. "King" has won eight in a row between Strikeforce and the UFC. Thomson came into that fight ranked No. 3. Green, 27, also took that fight on less than two weeks notice, because he wanted a pulpit to speak about his brother, who was murdered in May.
Masvidal (27-8) beat Daron Cruickshank by unanimous decision Saturday after getting dropped with a hard right hand in the first round. Also a Strikeforce alum, Masvidal has won two straight and five of his last six. He’s ranked No. 14. This represents a significant step up in competition against a top-10 ranked opponent. Masvidal wanted to fight Donald Cerrone, but Green represents a pretty good alternative.
UFC 178 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. Rising Irish star Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will meet on the undercard in a pivotal featherweight clash. The card is shaping up to be the biggest of the year.