Bobby Green will finish up a recent suspension by the end of the year, and return as part of the final UFC card of 2022.
Green (29-13-1) is set to take on Drew Dober (25-11, 1NC) in a lightweight contest at the UFC’s Fight Night event on December 17, 2022. That show is set for the Apex in Las Vegas, with a middleweight fight between Sean Strickland and Jared Cannonier headlining.
Green last competed in February, making an extremely short turnaround to face Islam Makhachev on short notice. While Green lost the bout, snapping a two-fight win streak, he salvaged the UFC Vegas 49 card after Beneil Dariush was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Prior to the Makhachev fight, Bobby Green had notched wins over Al Iaquinta and Nasrat Haqparast. In May, however, Green announced that he’d tested positive for DHEA in an out-of-competition drug test, resulting in a six-month suspension being handed down by USADA.
Green had purchased the substance as an over-the-counter supplement, as DHEA is legal in the United States and often marketed as a dietary supplement.
Dober will enter the year-ending fight off a pair of wins against Terrance McKinney and Rafael Alves. In his last five fights, Dober has picked up three post-fight bonuses.
UFC Fight Night 216 takes place on December 17, 2022 at the Apex in Las Vegas, and is expected to air live on ESPN+. The following match-ups have been reported for the event to date:
- Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland
- Alex Caceres vs. Julian Erosa
- Jake Matthews vs. Matthew Semelsberger
- Rafa García vs. Hayisaer Maheshate
- Michael Morales vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov
- Arman Tsarukyan vs. Damir Ismagulov
- Albert Duraev vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk
- Brandon Royval vs. Amir Albazi
- Vitor Petrino vs. Tafon Nchukwi
- Julian Marquez vs. Deron Winn
- Sergey Morozov vs. Journey Newson
- Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Cory McKenna
- Said Nurmagomedov vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov
- Manel Kape vs. David Dvořák
- Drew Dober vs. Bobby Green