Karl Roberson

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Karl Roberson
BornKarl Roberson
(1990-10-04) October 4, 1990 (age 28)
Neptune, New Jersey, United States
Other namesBaby K
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight83.5 kg (184 lb; 13 st 2 lb)
Light Heavyweight
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofNeptune, New Jersey, United States
TeamKiller B Combat Sports Academy
TrainerBrian Wright
Years active2015–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission3
By decision3
By submission2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Karl Roberson (born October 4, 1990) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Early life and education[edit]

Raised in Neptune Township, New Jersey. Roberson played baseball at Neptune High School.[1]

Kickboxing career[edit]

Roberson was called on short notice to fight K-1 legend Jérôme Le Banner at Fight Night Saint-Tropez 4 on August 4 in Saint-Tropez on his retirement fight. Although he was making his professional kickboxing debut, with only three amateur fights, he managed to upset Le Banner and score two knockdowns, first was ruled as a slip and during the second the referee proceeded with a slow count about 30 seconds that allowed him to recover, leading the fight to a controversial decision loss.[2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After earning three wins in amateur MMA, Roberson made his professional MMA debut May 2015. He fought sporadically over the next two years, obtaining a record of 5-0.

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series[edit]

On the strength of his knockout win on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, Roberson was signed to a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

He made his debut on November 11, 2017 against Darren Stewart at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis. He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[4]

Roberson faced Cezar Ferreira on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224.[5] He lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.[6]

Roberson faced Jack Marshman on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[7] He win the fight via unanimous decision.[8]

Roberson agreed on a short notice fight against Glover Teixeira in the light heavyweight division at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw on January 19, 2019. Roberson replaced Ion Cutelaba in the fight who had to pull out due to an injury.[9] Despite hurting Teixeira with elbows early in the round, Roberson lost the fight in the first round by submission via arm triangle choke.[10]

Roberson was scheduled to meet John Phillips on July 13, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 13.[11] However, it was reported that Phillips was pulled from the bout due to injury and he was replaced by Wellington Turman.[12] He won the fight via a controversial split decision.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
10 matches 8 wins 2 losses
By knockout 2 0
By submission 3 2
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–2 Wellington Turman Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 7–2 Glover Teixeira Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw January 19, 2019 1 3:21 Brooklyn, New York, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 7–1 Jack Marshman Decision (unanimous) UFC 230 November 3, 2018 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 6–1 Cezar Ferreira Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 224 May 12, 2018 1 4:45 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 6–0 Darren Stewart Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis November 11, 2017 1 3:41 Norfolk, Virginia, United States Return to Middleweight.
Win 5–0 Ryan Spann KO (elbows) Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series 3 July 25, 2017 1 0:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Derrick Brown Submission (armbar) CFFC 65: Brady vs. Saraceno May 20, 2017 1 1:01 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 3–0 Elijah Gbollie TKO (punches) Shogun Fights 16 April 8, 2017 1 1:50 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 2–0 Michael Wilcox Submission (armbar) CFFC 50: Smith vs. Williams July 18, 2015 1 3:11 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (192 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Chike Obi Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 51 June 5, 2015 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Middleweight debut.

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
3 matches 3 wins 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By decision 2 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Lex Ludlow Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Caged Combat 19: Bloodshed Nov 15, 2014 3 2:00 Philadelphia, USA
Win 2–0 Lex Ludlow TKO (retirement) Xtreme Caged Combat: Vendetta Jul 26, 2013 1 2:00 Philadelphia, USA Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 1–0 Adam Timberlake Decision (unanimous) GMMMA - Gold Medal MMA Apr 20, 2013 3 3:00 Metuchen, USA Heavyweight bout.

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional Kickboxing Record
Amateur Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


  1. ^ Feitl, Steve. "Karl Roberson fights to put Neptune on MMA map at UFC Fight Night", Asbury Park Press, November 10, 2017. Accessed November 4, 2018. "Karl Roberson is ready to show the world what he can do. But have no doubt, he also intends to show what his hometown of Neptune can do.... Today, the former baseball player at Neptune High School trains at Killer B Combat Sports Academy in Oakhurst."
  2. ^ "Karl Roberson talks controversial loss to Jerome Le Banner - Muay Thai Authority". muaythaiauthority.blogspot.com.
  3. ^ John Joe O'Regan (7 September 2015). "Roberson: 'If Pat Barry leaves me an opening, the fight is over'". Bloody Elbow.
  4. ^ "UFC Fight Night 120 results: Karl Roberson stays perfect, taps out Darren Stewart". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  5. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2018-02-19). "Cezar Ferreira meets Karl Roberson at UFC 224 in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  6. ^ "UFC 224 results: Cezar Ferreira puts Karl Roberson to sleep with slick arm-triangle choke". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-13. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  7. ^ Staff (2018-08-22). "Karl Roberson says he's fighting Jack Marshman at UFC 230 in New York". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  8. ^ "UFC 230 results: Karl Roberson earns one-sided decision over Jack Marshman". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  9. ^ "Glover Teixeira Now Faces Karl Roberson at UFC Brooklyn". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  10. ^ "UFC on ESPN+ 1 results: Glover Teixeira rallies from early trouble to submit Karl Roberson". MMAjunkie.com. January 19, 2019. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  11. ^ DNA, MMA. "Karl Roberson vs. John Phillips toegevoegd aan UFC Sacramento". Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  12. ^ Marcel Dorffpublication=mmadan.nl. "Wellington Turman makes UFC debut on short notice against Karl Roberson in Sacramento". Retrieved 2019-06-15.‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
  13. ^ "UFC Sacramento: Karl Roberson earns razor-thin decision over Wellington Turman". FanSided. 2019-07-13. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  14. ^ Jerome Le Banner oprašta se protiv Karl Roberson ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
  15. ^ "Friday Night Fight Report, Feb 28, 2014 – New York, NY". Killer B Combat Sports and Fitness Academy.
  16. ^ "Hustle Incorporated — Friday Night Fights: 2013 Opener". Hustle Incorporated.
  17. ^ "Season Opener Delivers the Goods". Friday Night Fights.

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