The former StrikeForce champion Thomson had the hometown crowd supporting him as the fight kicked off. Both fighters came out fast showing off mostly feints and head movement rather than landing clean punches. Both fighters seemed content with landing one strike at a time.
In the second round both fighters began to open up and increased their punch output while exchanging words with each other. Round three was mostly the same in terms of action. When the fight was over it went to the scorecards.
Cageside observers knew it would be a close fight to score despite the crowd believing the fight would go to Thomson. Examiner.com was sitting press row and scored the fight 30-28 for Thomson. However, the official score awarded the bout to Green in a split decision 29-28 twice and 28-29 respectively.
“I was being way more active in the fight because Josh is the type of guy who picks when he’s going to attack and can dictate the pace,” said Green in a post fight interview. After the fight UFC President Dana White told media that he initially thought Josh Thomson won the fight but was not surprised or disappointed with the announcement and praised Green for what he was able to do in this fight.
Thomson was ranked three in the world and in the mix for a tittle shot. Green came into the fight with seven consecutive wins and his victory of Thomson was the biggest win in his UFC career.
“I’d love to fight someone in the top three now as I just beat the number three guy in my weight class,” Green said after the fight. Dana White believes in Green’s potential which presents UFC matchmakers with viable options for future shows given the proper amount of training time.