Desmond Green said he wished he could pause this moment and live in it forever.
The Rush-Henrietta grad added he couldn’t let down his hometown fans, especially his mother who he looked at before the start of the third round.
“She was trying to tell me to focus up and bring it home. She’s always says, ”finish what you started,”‘said Green.
The Rochester native did just that and improved to 23-8 in the UFC.
“When I looked at her, I got that much more confidence. Nobody wants to lose in front of their mom,” smiled Green.
Shelly Durham was in the front row at the Blue Cross Arena cheering on her son.
“Some people don’t even like their mom to be there but she’s my best friend. She’s my biggest fan so being able to lock eyes with her before that third, it gave me that much more energy.”
Even at a packed and loud Blue Cross Arena, Green could hear his mom loud and clear.
“I heard her 100 percent,” laughed Green. “I heard her throughout the fight. I’m just like I got you mom. I got you. Don’t worry. I’m going to bring it home.”
After leaving the octagon, Green made sure to see his mom before heading back to the locker room.
“When I went over to hug my mom, she said, “I love you. You made me proud once again,” and I almost started crying. I told her, “I loved her and that this is only just the beginning.”
As for what’s next for Green, he said he’s going to have an MRI on his right elbow, he thinks he hyperextended in the fight but added that wasn’t going to stop him for going out and celebrating tonight.