With personal issues in the past, UFC's Danny Roberts out to prove himself at 170

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GLASGOW – After bouncing back in style, Danny Roberts is determined not to let a setback overshadow his octagon career.

Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) dispatched Bobby Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in the second round of their UFC Fight Night 113 encounter on Sunday. The win improved the Brit’s UFC record to 3-1 in the octagon and 8-1 in his past nine fights. While the numbers are not shabby at all, the one recent blemish is still somewhat fresh: a knockout loss to Mike Perry at October’s UFC 204 event.

Since then, however “Hot Chocolate” says he’s had a tough but revealing journey in dealing with issues in his personal life. And he’s now ready to move on to bigger and better things.

“I’m at the stage of my life now where I feel really happy,” Roberts told reporters after the FS1-televised welterweight bout at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. “I’m going to be back on winning ways, and nothing’s going to stop me. This is the time now. I just turned 30 two days ago. I was cutting weight on my birthday. I just want to move forward from here and just keep active, fit and ready.”

Roberts wouldn’t go into too much detail about the issues, alluding to “relationship problems” that get trickier when “you’ve got kids involved.” Not to mention the hard bits of a fighter’s life: the traveling, being away from home, all things that, while somewhat invisible to the public, can play into a fighter’s mindset.

“People just see all the glitz and the glamour and the Instagram and the tweets,” Roberts said. “When the reality of it is that it’s not easy. And there’s a lot of dirt and nasty things that go on. A lot of hardships that you have to do and see and overcome.

“And mental battles. It makes us tougher. Obviously, as men who are in the sport that we are doing – it can make or break you. And it’s something that, me personally, it’s just made me stronger.”

While he wasn’t the first or last octagon victim of Perry’s knockout power, Robertson doesn’t want it to be the determining factor of a mostly victorious UFC career that started off with back-to-back wins over Nathan Coy and Dominique Steel.

And though Roberts is not exactly issuing callouts to the top dogs in the highly competitive 170-pound division, he did throw in a name that he believes could help achieve his mission to show his worth.

“I want to be able to go out there and to be able to prove that I’m still one of the best fighters there is,” Roberts said. “I fight with a lot of heart and dedication. I’m smart and fast. There’s a lot of attributes that I’ve got where I can entertain.

“And not even just that: I can prove that I’m one of the best fighters in the world. So, step-by-step – the likes of Alan Jouban, someone like that. Top-20, top-30. I want someone up there to be able to prove who I am.”

To hear more from Roberts, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 results: Danny Roberts KOs Bobby Nash with big left hand

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Once Danny Roberts found a way to neutralize the wrestling of Bobby Nash, he found a way through with a fight-ending punch.

Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) denied the takedown in the middle frame and uncorked a left hand that dropped Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) for a knockout.

The welterweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The referee stopped the fight at the 3:59 mark of the second round as Roberts surged to finish the job with a series of hammerfists.

Only seconds earlier, Roberts had dug his leg into Nash’s side, sapping more strength after the two wrestled for position against the fence. Nash initially traded big kicks with Roberts on the feet. But when Roberts sat down on his punches, Nash went low and took the fight to the mat.

Roberts likely gave up the opening frame as he struggled to stay upright, with Nash tossing him back to the mat after landing another takedown. By the second frame, however, he adjusted and stuffed an early attempt. Nash redoubled his efforts and ate a knee as the two broke off from the clinch.

The spirited grappling exchange left Nash visibly winded as Roberts pushed forward, landing the body kick that quickly turned the fight in his favor.

“I learned a lot from my previous performances,” Roberts said. “I came out, tried to stick to my guns and stay relaxed. I can be quite a fast starter, so I just wanted to let him play into my hands, not rush, stay nice and relaxed and sooner or later I knew something was going to come.

“I want to take every opportunity to move forward from here on out and just keep moving up the ladder, making sure that I do everything I can to execute what I do and show pure dominance – because I know that I’m here to go to the top.”

Roberts is now back in the win column after a knockout loss to Mike Perry this past October, while Nash suffers his second consecutive knockout loss after being stopped by Li Jingliang in January.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 113 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Glasgow.)

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