Karl Roberson
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Not competitive after weight issues
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Major miss on scale
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Falls ill, fight called off
MiddleweightUFC
May 13, 2020
Roberson will no longer face Marvin Vettori at UFC Jacksonville on Wednesday after falling ill due to complications associated with his weight cut, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The report does specify that Roberson's illness is non-COVID related, but rather due to the weight cut. Roberson had missed weight by 1.5 pounds Tuesday morning, but the fight was still in line to take place with Roberson forfeiting 20 percent of his fight purse. He had been a betting underdog of approximately +170 for the matchup. The event will now proceed with 10 fights.
Fight with Vettori still on
MiddleweightUFC
May 12, 2020
Roberson will still fight Marvin Vettori at UFC Jacksonville on Wednesday despite missing weight by 1.5 pounds, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Roberson came in a bit heavy for the middleweight matchup, and was the only fighter on the card to miss weight. The bout will proceed as planned, though he'll forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to Vettori. As of Tuesday afternoon, Roberson is approximately a (+155) betting underdog for the Wednesday evening matchup.
Misses weight in Jacksonville
MiddleweightUFC
May 12, 2020
Roberson weighed in at 187.5 pounds for his UFC Jacksonville matchup with Marvin Vettori, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Roberson is 1.5 pounds over the middleweight limit for a non-title fight, placing his scheduled bout with Vettori in short-term jeopardy. Should Roberson be in good enough health for the fight to be allowed to proceed, he'll be fined roughly 20 percent of his fight purse.