Karl Roberson 'coming for everybody' as classic UFC climb to top gets underway

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NORFOLK, Va. – Karl Roberson has no problem being honest about his career intentions following a successful UFC debut on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 120. Why? Because he knows everyone else in the sport is thinking the same.

Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who earned a first-round submission victory over Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in a UFC Fight Pass-streamed middleweight bout at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., is early in his career and has an ambitious mindset. Naturally, that has him gunning for the top.

“Everybody wants the belt,” Stewart told MMAjunkie following his victory. “What’s the point of being in this type of sport if you don’t want to be the best? I’m here to be the best. Top 10, top five, No. 1 (contender), champion. I’m coming for everybody.”

After earning a UFC contract with a 15-second TKO win on Dana White’s Contender Series 3 in August, Roberson said he wanted to deliver big in his official octagon debut.

“The win on the Contender Series was stressful,” Roberson said. “It was like the opening to everything. It either happened, or you’ve got to start all over again. Now I got to the big show; now I can have fun. Now I can show every part of my game. Now it’s time to really enjoy it.”

Roberson, 27, said he felt his ground game was being discounted in the lead-up to the contest. He managed to tap out Stewart in less than 4 minutes, though, and he said future opponents must be aware of what he can do.

“Everyone thinks I’m just a kickboxer; I’m dangerous everywhere,” Roberson said. “When he started wrestling, I got the hip toss on him, I knew we had time left in the round. So when I got his back there’s nothing he can do there.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Karl Roberson stays perfect, taps out Darren Stewart

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Undefeated middleweight prospect Karl Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) kept his perfect career record intact, debuting in the UFC with a first-round win over Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

The middleweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

At the start, it was Stewart who was quick to get creative with his attacks, missing on a few spinning techniques. Roberson simply kept his range to avoid those wild shots before looking to unleash his own powerful attacks. The two eventually moved into the clinch, and while Stewart looked for the takedown, it was Roberson who countered with a beautiful lateral drop and then transitioned quickly to his opponent’s back. Once there, the right arm quickly wrapped the neck, but Stewart defended well. However, Roberson adjusted his position, switched arms and put in a deep squeeze, eventually forcing the tap.

Roberson has now earned five consecutive first-round finishes in his career, including a 15-second win at this past July’s Dana White Contender Series 3 event to earn his way into the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

  • Karl Roberson def. Darren Stewart via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:41

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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Dana White Contender Series 3 winner Karl Roberson wants early swim with 185-pound UFC sharks

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LAS VEGAS – As the closing act of a finish-filled Tuesday night, Dana White’s Contender Series 3 headliner Karl Roberson knew he needed to make a statement.

“(I thought) I’ve got to stand out,” Roberson said after the event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “These guys are coming. I’m the last fight on the main card, so I’ve got to show off. Got to finish this guy. Early.”

Considering Roberson (5-0) needed only 15 seconds to dispatch light heavyweight Ryan Spann (10-5) with elbows, it’s safe to say he managed that just fine. And, other than a fifth victory on his unblemished professional record, the 26-year-old fighter earned a UFC contract for his efforts.

Roberson was one of two fighters who was offered a deal in the third week of the event series, which looks to scout UFC-level talent. After what was as close to a perfect night in the office for any up-and-coming MMA fighter, it’s easy to understand why Roberson would have a tough time articulating the full extent of his emotions.

“It’s going crazy; it’s all over the place,” Roberson said. “I’m so happy. Hard work really paid off. It feels so good that the grind actually pays off. The feeling is crazy. The feeling’s surreal. I’m just like not at in my body right now. I’m just looking down.”

The deal, however, is not going to come without some sacrifice. As UFC President Dana White told UFC Fight Pass reporter Laura Sanko after the show, he believes Roberson is undersized for the UFC’s 205-pound division. The feeling was also expressed by Roberson himself during a quick conversation after the announcement.

“First thing (White) asked was like, ‘How much do you weigh?’” Roberson said. “I’m like, 211. He was like, ‘So, you’ve been down to 185?’ Right then I knew, ‘OK, I’m not fighting at 205.’”

The prospect, however, isn’t too upset about that. First, he’s already made the 185-pound limit before. And, considering his friend Corey Anderson is an active fighter in the UFC’s light-heavyweight class, he’s happy to even avoid having that possible matchup in the mix.

“He (can) take over the 205; I take the 185,” Roberson said.

With that settled, Roberson is excited to get his UFC career going. And despite the fact he’s already fought three times this year, he’d like that to happen as soon – and as mercilessly – as possible.

“I’m ready to go; I don’t need to chill,” Roberson said. “I’m going right back into camp. You want me to go over to 185? I’ll go to 185 with anybody. I’d rather have somebody in the top 10, I want to hop right into the shark pit. I want someone hard. Let’s go.”

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

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 3, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Video: DWCS winner? Here's the agonizing, awkward backstage wait for your UFC-contract verdict

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LAS VEGAS – So, you’ve gone out there and won a fight at a Dana White’s Contender Series event. Now what? As it turns out, the nervousness isn’t over.

Each Tuesday during the weekly UFC Fight Pass-streamed event series, five fights take place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, and they feature UFC hopefuls – with both up-and-comers and vets hoping to hold on to the dream. However, not everyone is guaranteed a UFC contract, even with a victory.

On Tuesday, at Dana White’s Contender Series 3, five winners – Karl Roberson, Kyle Stewart, Geoff Neal, Alonzo Menifield and Dan Ige – gathered backstage to await their fate, and MMAjunkie was there to capture the anxiety-filled moments and eventual verdicts.

There’s quiet meditation, nervous laughter and some general chitchat as the Week 3 winners – all of whom won via stoppage – await for the arrival of UFC employee Heidi Dean, who ultimately shared the news that just two winners (Roberson and Neal) had earned UFC contracts.

Check out the sometimes-awkward backstage video footage above.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 3, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Dana White's Contender Series 3 results: Karl Roberson, Geoff Neal punch tickets to UFC

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Karl Roberson floored Ryan Spann in just 15 seconds to cap off a quick and frequently weird night of fights.

A series of short elbows stopped light heavyweight Spann’s (10-5) takedown in its tracks and gave Roberson (5-0) the TKO finish. The stoppage earned him a UFC contract, decided upon by UFC President Dana White following the event. A second contract went to Geoff Neal (8-2) for a first-round TKO of Chase Waldon (11-3) earlier in the night.

“I love elbows,” Roberson, a GLOROY kickboxing veteran, said afterward. “I’m dangerous everywhere.”

Dana White’s Contender Series 3 took place Tuesday at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. The card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

Roberson shared a quick conversation with UFC President Dana White afterward and revealed the boss may want him to move weight classes, presumably down to middleweight. White said the same following the event, believing Roberson could fight at light heavyweight for smaller promotions, but in the UFC might be undersized for the division.

“I said wherever he needs me, that’s where I’m going to go,” Roberson said.

Jeremy Jackson hobbled; Kyle Stewart wins in another injury TKO

An apparent ankle dislocation brought Jeremy Jackson’s UFC dream to a halt and the second injury TKO of the night.

Kyle Stewart (7-0) picked up the win when Jackson’s (7-3) ankle gave out, prompting a stoppage just 21 seconds into the second round.

“Nobody wants to win that way,” a way-hyped Stewart said afterward. “I injured my shoulder before and I felt it pop back out on the first takedown. I’m a little upset how it ended. But all hats off to him. He’s a stud.”

It was Stewart’s powerful right hand that laid the groundwork for the finish. Smothered, out-grappled, and pounded for much of the opening frame, he got back to his feet and landed a right hand that dropped Jackson. As Jackson fell, his ankle folded awkwardly beneath him.

When the fight resumed in the second, the injury’s severity was revealed.

Geoff Neal gets second first-round KO in two weeks with stoppage of Chase Waldon

Maybe it was a head kick that motivated middleweight Waldon to shoot for a takedown on Neal. It was a good idea, however short lived.

After “Handz of Steel” Neal righted himself, he plastered Waldon with a flurry of punches to pick up a TKO at the 1:56 mark of the opening round.

“I come in and try to knock people out,” Neal said afterward. “That’s what people want to see.”

Just two weeks ago, Neal had done the same thing at LFA 16, leaving him primed to earn the UFC contract.

“The nerves weren’t there,” he said “I was ready to repeat what I did a couple of weeks ago.”

Alonzo Menifield (unhappily) wins an injury TKO over Daniel Jolly

Usually, fighters are pretty stoked to win in front of White. But not light heavyweight Alonzo Menifield.

“Are you (expletive) serious? Menifield said after being informed he won an injury TKO over UFC vet Daniel Jolly. “I don’t want to win like that.”

Menifield (4-0) would have to live with it, however, after a mildly contentious round with Jolly (5-3), who looked to get back into the octagon after getting cut on a two-fight skid. Jolly landed a nice overhand right that got Menifield’s attention, leaving him eager to repay the favor in the second round.

But in the 60 seconds between rounds, Jolly said he couldn’t see, an escalation of a previous complaint to the referee that an eye poke had occurred in a late-round exchange.

Menifield wasn’t sure when the alleged foul occurred and told Laura Sanko he wanted another shot to impress White – win or not.

“He caught me with a good right,” he said. “I wanted to go through a second round, so I could get him back. But I can’t, so whatever.”

Justin Gaethje training partner Dan Ige stings Luis Gomez before submitting him

Almost every time featherweight Dan Ige connected with his right hand, Luis Gomez went wobbling backward. At several points, he was a punch away from a finish.

Gomez managed to survive for two rounds. But in the third, he succumbed to another weapon: the rear-naked choke.

In a battle of proteges, Ige (8-1), a training partner of Justin Gaethje, went toe-to-toe with Gomez (4-1), a disciple of Jorge Masvidal, before sinking in the choke at 3:23 of the final round.

“I don’t want an easy fight – I want tough fights,” Ige told UFC commentator Laura Sanko afterward. “I believe I earned my contract tonight.”

Ige smashed Gomez’s nose with his power punch in the first round, but a kick gave Gomez the opportunity to slow the fight down on the mat.

Gomez repeated the strategy in the second, though his lack of work up top prompted referee Jason Herzog to stand the fight up. He was stunned again, only to get another takedown.

Ige’s fists missed in the final frame, but a slick kimura attempt allowed him to take Gomez’s back and sink the choke.

Dana White’s Contender Series 3 results:

  • Karl Roberson vs. Ryan Spann via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:15
  • Kyle Stewart def. Jason Jackson via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 0:21
  • Geoff Neal def. Chase Waldon via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:56
  • Alonzo Menifield def. Daniel Jolly via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00
  • Dan Ige def. Luis Gomez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:23

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 3, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'Dana White's Contender Series: Week 3' lineup revealed, includes Ryan Spann vs. Karl Roberson

A light heavyweight matchup between Legacy FC and LFA veteran Ryan Spann and undefeated prospect Karl Roberson tops the bill for next week’s edition of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

UFC officials recently revealed the five-fight lineup for “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 3,” which takes place July 25 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Spann (10-4) was victorious in his most recent outing, scoring a 20-second submission win over Roman Pizzolato at a World Fighting Championships event in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Roberson (4-0) is undefeated in the first four fights of his career, though he endured nearly two years off between his first two wins in 2015 and his most recent two, which came in April and May of this year.

Additional matchups include welterweights Jason Jackson (7-2) vs. Kyle Stewart (6-0), middleweights Gabriel Checco (10-2) vs. Chase Waldon (11-2), light heavyweights Daniel Jolly (5-2) vs. Alonzo Menifield (3-0) and featherweights Dan Ige (7-1) vs. Luis Gomez (3-0).

Jolly is the only one who boasts UFC experience. “The Werewolf of Texas” came to the promotion in 2015 as an undefeated prospect but suffered first-round knockout losses to Misha Cirkunov and Khalil Rountree and now looks to fight his way back to the octagon.

The “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 3” lineup includes:

  • Ryan Spann vs. Karl Roberson
  • Jason Jackson vs. Kyle Stewart
  • Gabriel Checco vs. Chase Waldon
  • Daniel Jolly vs. Alonzo Menifield
  • Dan Ige vs. Luis Gomez

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 3,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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