Bobby Green may be a new name to a lot of UFC fans, but he's already picking up the nuances of being a major player in a competitive division.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Green blasted his former UFC 178 opponent and fan-favorite Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.
"He is just the most obnoxious as---le I've ever met," Green said.
The surging lightweight contender explained the details around why he and Cerrone won't be meeting for coffee anytime soon.
"He just said some racist stuff," Green said. "He said stuff like, random racist stuff like 'we gotta check him, we gotta check him, you know how black people like to steal.'"
But Green also leveled some other accusations toward Cerrone, in particular to the way he was treating some of the fans at an autograph signing:
He was groping every woman in his line to do his signing. He's groping these women. They've got husbands, they've got fiancees, they've got boyfriends, I'm like, that's messed up man, just because this guy's a nerd and he can't do anything to you, you're going to do this to him. Girlfriend's cute, Donald Cerrone, picks her up, grabs her ass, starts grabbing on there and stuff and he's like "I'm Donald Cerrone." I'm like, 'you're going to piss somebody off, you get the wrong person they're going to get pissed.' He's like, 'what are they going to do to me, I'll knock them out.'
Green and Cerrone were originally set to square off at UFC 178 until Eddie Alvarez slid into Green's spot. Green said he'd moved on from being upset about being taken off a big card, but it appears the anger toward Cerrone still lingers.
He explained that Green didn't make an issue of Cerrone's antics due to being new to the UFC and having friends within the Jackson's MMA camp. It was a tactical move by Green considering if he had said these words at a time when just breaking into the company, they would've held little weight.
But after a victory over perennial top contender Josh Thomson, now Green has an audience to share his feelings with. Unfortunately for Green, his comments aren't likely to deter too many people from cheering the next time Kid Rock's "Cowboy" plays over the arena speakers at UFC 178.
Cerrone has been a staple of the UFC (and formerly of the WEC) lightweight division for years now. His daredevil, "live on the edge of your seat" personality has resonated with the adrenaline-filled MMA fanbase.
He also is one of the most exciting fighters to watch no matter if he's winning or losing.
Green also gave some details into his ongoing issues with Norman Parke, but odds are we won't see those two paired up given the disparity in the rankings between the two. A Green-Cerrone fight, however, is still possible if Cerrone can get past Alvarez at UFC 178.