Rochester, N.Y. — Desmond Green is making his long-awaited homecoming Saturday night at UFC Rochester. There should be about 1,000 friends and family in what’s expected to be close to a sold out Blue Cross Arena. His energy is high and the city is buzzing.
But this night and any other night for that matter were almost taken away from him on Aug. 18 last year.
Green collided with an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 75 in Davie, Fla. (he lives and trains in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. as a member of the Hard Knocks 365 fight camp). The crash worsened when five more cars slammed into the truck resulting in the death of two people.
Green lost a tooth and suffered a rib injury, but those wounds didn’t take long to heal. The trauma of that morning, however, remains still almost a year later.