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Bobby Green on beef with Donald Cerrone: 'I will see him sooner or later'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bobby Green doesn't like Donald Cerrone on a personal level, which is why he was amped to fight him at UFC 178 last September. Of course, that never went down.

The UFC pulled Green from the fight a few weeks out and inserted new signee Eddie Alvarez. Green fought two months later and fell by unanimous decision to Edson Barboza.

"How is that possible?" Green said told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "Don't get me wrong, I love my company. But how is that possible where you take a guy off a card when there's no reason for us to be taken off? He's agreed and I've agreed or the fight is already going on and then somehow it just disappears. I love my company, but I felt like that was a done deal. It just sucks that he got away."

Green's beef with Cerrone is well-documented and goes back a couple of years. Green said last August on The MMA Hour that Cerrone made racial comments to him during the 2013 UFC Fan Expo.

"He just said some racist stuff," Green said at the time. "He said stuff like, random racist stuff like ‘we gotta check him, we gotta check him, you know how black people like to steal.' I'm like ‘what the,' and I'm getting hot in front of thousands of people, all these people are here for the signing and they're going 'ohhhh' and 'ooooh' and 'ahhh.'"

Cerrone denied the allegations to Sherdog a few days.

"I have three black guys that live with me," Cerrone said. "So if I was racist, I couldn't even let something like that ... it's just funny to me. Talk all you want. If the fans want to believe him, go ahead. If you take Bobby Green's word, a guy who just wants to say dumb comments ... I got nothing to say to the guy other than one day I'll see you Bobby Green."

That's what Green wants, too, though the two men seem far apart right now. Cerrone is coming off a second-round TKO win over John Makdessi at UFC 187 last weekend. He'll likely get a title shot against Rafael dos Anjos next later this year. Green, meanwhile, meets Al Iaquinta in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee on July 15 in San Diego.

"At the end of the day, the truth shall prevail and I guarantee you I'm gonna see him," Green said of Cerrone. "The truth shall prevail. I will see him. My talent will show. I will see him sooner or later. You can run, you can hide, but I will get you."

Green (23-6) said he has always respected "Cowboy" as a fighter and was a fan of him for years. But, as a man, he calls him "a liar."

"I love the guy in terms of who he is inside the cage," Green said. "The fighter he is, I salute you. You go out there and fight. That's why I want to fight him, because I like guys who come out to fight. He didn't come out here to waste everybody's time. I give that to him. He is a fighter."

Green has Iaquinta next and then he said he'll do whatever he has to do to get to Cerrone. He said he would fight Anthony Pettis or Eddie Alvarez -- whoever. He wants a matchup with "Cowboy" one way or another.

"So we're gonna do what we gotta do," Green said.

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