Not only does Desmond Green get to make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut, he gets to do it in his own backyard.
At UFC 210 on April 8 in Buffalo, Green will square off with 11-0 Josh Emmett in a lightweight contest at the KeyBank Center. The Buffalo News first reported the matchup Tuesday.
Green, 27, is a native of Rochester, N.Y., and wrestled at the University of Buffalo, qualifying for the NCAA Division 1 national tournament three times before he was removed from the team for testing positive for marijuana.
“The Predator” is best known for his stint in Bellator MMA, where he posted a 3-2 record. Green exited the promotion following his featherweight tournament loss to Daniel Weichel in May 2014 and moved on to Titan Fighting Championships, where he defeated UFC veterans Miguel Torres, then Steven Siler to win the promotion's featherweight title. Following his September 2015 Titan FC featherweight title loss to Andre Harrison, Green returned to 155 pounds and has gone 4-0 since.
Emmett, a product of Team Alpha Male, has kept his unbeaten record in tact since making his Octagon debut last May, winning a pair of decisions over Jon Tuck, and this past December, Scott Holtzman, in his Sacramento, Calif. Backyard.
UFC 210, the promotion's first card in Buffalo since UFC 7 in 1995, is headlined by a light heavyweight championship rematch between titlist Daniel Cormier and challenger Anthony Johnson.