October 4, 1990
Neptune, New Jersey, United States
|Other names||Baby K|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||83.5 kg (184 lb; 13 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Neptune, New Jersey, United States|
|Team||Killer B Combat Sports Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Early life and education
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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
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. Despite hurting Teixeira with elbows early in the round, Roberson lost the fight in the first round by submission via arm triangle choke.
Roberson was scheduled to meet John Phillips on July 13, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 13. However, it was reported that Phillips was pulled from the bout due to injury and he was replaced by Wellington Turman. He won the fight via a controversial split decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|10 matches||8 wins||2 losses|
|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
|Professional record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|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.|
|Professional Kickboxing Record|
0 Wins, 3 Losses
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- John Joe O'Regan (7 September 2015). "Roberson: 'If Pat Barry leaves me an opening, the fight is over'". Bloody Elbow.
- "UFC Fight Night 120 results: Karl Roberson stays perfect, taps out Darren Stewart". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
- Guilherme Cruz (2018-02-19). "Cezar Ferreira meets Karl Roberson at UFC 224 in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
- "UFC 224 results: Cezar Ferreira puts Karl Roberson to sleep with slick arm-triangle choke". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-13. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
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- "UFC 230 results: Karl Roberson earns one-sided decision over Jack Marshman". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
- "Glover Teixeira Now Faces Karl Roberson at UFC Brooklyn". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
- "UFC on ESPN+ 1 results: Glover Teixeira rallies from early trouble to submit Karl Roberson". MMAjunkie.com. January 19, 2019. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
- DNA, MMA. "Karl Roberson vs. John Phillips toegevoegd aan UFC Sacramento". Retrieved 2019-05-11.
- 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)
- "UFC Sacramento: Karl Roberson earns razor-thin decision over Wellington Turman". FanSided. 2019-07-13. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
- Jerome Le Banner oprašta se protiv Karl Roberson ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
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