Roman Kopylov

Russia

Drops from October bout
MiddleweightUFC
September 26, 2020
Kopylov won't face Tom Breese as previously scheduled at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 10, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Kopylov hasn't been in the Octagon since losing his UFC debut to Karl Roberson in November, and it'll be awhile longer before he makes his return. The reason for his withdrawal remains unclear. K.B. Bhullar will instead face Breese next week.
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October matchup with Tom Breese
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August 28, 2020
Kopylov will face Tom Breese in a middleweight bout Oct. 3 at UFC Fight Night, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kopylov was slated to fight Eric Spicely at UFC Columbus in March, but that event was scratched due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Russian-born fighter hasn't been in the Octagon since losing his UFC debut to Karl Roberson in November, which was the first loss of his professional career. Breese is coming off a TKO loss -- the first such loss of his career -- to Brendan Allen in February.
Fighting at UFC Columbus
MiddleweightUFC
February 21, 2020
Kopylov will be taking on Eric Spicely on March 28 at UFC Columbus, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kopylov was added to replace Puna Soriano at UFC Columbus. Kopylov carries a 8-1 overall MMA record, but is 0-1 in the UFC.
First pro loss comes in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
November 9, 2019
Kopylov lost to Karl Roberson via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:01 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
ANALYSIS
It's been a rough night at the office for native Russians and Kopylov is the latest victim. Entering with an undefeated professional record (8-0) and having scored knockouts in seven of eight fights, Kopylov was on his way to dropping a clear-cut decision prior to the stoppage. The power shots that are a staple of Kopylov's offensive arsenal were nowhere to be found throughout the course of the fight. Roberson entered this fight with a 3-2 record in the UFC, so the fact Kopylov struggled against him is not a great sign.
Set to fight Roberson in November
MiddleweightUFC
September 9, 2019
Kopylov will take on Karl Roberson at UFC Fight Night 163 in Moscow on Nov. 9, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Kopylov will look to continue his undefeated streak against Roberson, who is fresh off a split decision win in July. Kopylov has seven of his eight wins decided by knockout and will also be fighting in his home country of Russia and therefore will have the home crowd behind him. Roberson is 3-2 in UFC matches with just one of those wins coming by way of knockout.