Karl Roberson
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Injury Illness
Est. Return 2/1/2021
Fight called off due to COVID-19
December 18, 2020
Roberson's upcoming fight against Dalcha Lungiambula was called off due to Roberson's battle with COVID-19, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
The matchup was originally scheduled for Dec. 12 before being delayed a week to give Roberson time to recover from his symptoms. That evidently wasn't enough, so the fight has now been called off. Whether or not it will be rescheduled again for a later date remains to be seen.
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COVID-19 positive, out for UFC 256
December 7, 2020
Roberson (9-3-0) withdrew from his scheduled middleweight fight Saturday with Dalcha Lungiambula (10-2-0) at UFC 256 after he tested positive for COVID-19, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Roberson isn't believed to be dealing with any overly serious symptoms of the coronavirus, so the promotion has opted to push the matchup with Lungiambula back to Dec. 19 at the UFC's event in Las Vegas. Assuming he gains clearance for next week, Roberson will be looking to rebound after taking a loss in his last trip to the Octagon in mid-June, when Marvin Vettori submitted him in the first round.
Matched against Dalcha Lungiambula
November 6, 2020
Roberson will take on Dalcha Lungiambula at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
Roberson will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance his last time out against Marvin Vettori in June, as he was submitted in the first round after missing weight by 4.5 pounds. That dropped his UFC record to 4-3. Lungiambula owns a 1-1 record with the promotion, most recently getting knocked out in the third round by Magomed Ankalaev in November of 2019.
Not competitive after weight issues
June 13, 2020
Roberson lost to Marvin Vettori via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:17 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
What a mess. As if missing weight by 4.5 pounds on Friday and forfeiting 30 percent of his purse to Vettori for the fight to continue wasn't bad enough, Roberson ended up being stopped in Round 1. Of course, Roberson also missed weight a month ago when these two were originally scheduled to compete and was eventually pulled from that bout. Roberson looked fine on the feet but appeared to be a fish out of water when the fight hit the mat. Missing weight one time can be a fluke thing, but twice in the span of 31 days represents an underlying issue. The loss snaps Roberson's brief two-fight win streak, but that pales in comparison to the weight cutting issues.
Major miss on scale
June 12, 2020
Roberson weighed in at 190.5, missing his target weight of 186 for the scheduled bout versus Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 2, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
Roberson's opponent, Marvin Vettori, has decided to collect 30 percent of Roberson's purse as compensation for the major miss on the scale, per Jose Youngs of UFC Vegas 2. Roberson missed weight by 1.5 pounds the first time the two were scheduled to square off and wound up falling ill, which resulted in it being called off.
Vettori bout rebooked
May 20, 2020
Roberson (illness) agreed to fight Marvin Vettori in a middleweight bout in a UFC event June 13, Steven Marrocco and Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com report.
The pair were originally set to fight May 13 in Jacksonville, but Roberson fell ill from complications due to weight cut after missing weight by 1.5 pounds, and the fight was called off. The specifics of the event remain unclear, but president Dana White has been pushing for events at the UFC Apex complex in Las Vegas amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.