Karl Roberson

Karl William Roberson (born October 4, 1990)[1] is an American professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer currently competing in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Karl Roberson
Karl Roberson Jan 19, 2019.jpg
Karl Roberson Jan 19, 2019
BornKarl William Roberson[1]
(1990-10-04) October 4, 1990 (age 31)
Neptune, New Jersey, United States
Other namesBaby K
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach74 in (190 cm)
Fighting out ofNeptune, New Jersey, United States
TeamKiller B Combat Sports Academy (until 2021)
Glory MMA & Fitness (2021–present)[2]
TrainerBrian Wright
Years active2015–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission4
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early life and educationEdit

Raised in Neptune Township, New Jersey. Roberson played baseball at Neptune High School.[3]

Kickboxing careerEdit

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.[4][5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 SeriesEdit

Roberson appeared in Dana White's Contender Series 3 on July 25, 2017 against Ryan Spann. He won the fight via elbow strikes in round one and he was award the UFC contract.[6]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

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.[7]

Roberson faced Cezar Ferreira on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224.[8] He lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.[9]

Roberson faced Jack Marshman on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

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.[12] Despite hurting Teixeira with elbows early in the round, Roberson lost the fight in the first round by submission via arm triangle choke.[13]

Roberson was scheduled to meet John Phillips on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155.[14] However, it was reported that Phillips was pulled from the bout due to injury and he was replaced by Wellington Turman.[15] Roberson won the fight via a controversial split decision.[16]

Roberson faced promotional newcomer Roman Kopylov on November 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 163.[17] He won the fight via a submission in round three.[18]

Roberson was expected to face Makhmud Muradov on April 18, 2020 at UFC 249.[19] However, Muradov was forced to pull from the event due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restriction, and Roberson was pulled from the event and was scheduled to meet Marvin Vettori on April 25, 2020.[20] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date[21] Instead Roberson was scheduled to face Marvin Vettori on May 13, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 9.[22] At the weigh-ins Roberson weighed in at 187.5 pounds, 1.5 pounds over the middleweight non-title weight limit of 186 pounds. He was fined 20% of his purse, which was given to opponent Vettori, and the match was to proceed at a catchweight.[23] However, Roberson was removed from the fight due to rhabdomyolysis.[24][25] The fight was rescheduled to June 13, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo.[26] At the weigh-ins on June 12, Roberson once again missed weight, weighing in at 190.5 pounds, 4.5 pounds over the non-title middleweight limit of 186 pounds. The bout proceed as a catchweight bout and Roberson was fined 30% of his purse.[27] He lost the fight via a submission in round one.[28]

Roberson was scheduled to face Dalcha Lungiambula on December 12, 2020 at UFC 256.[29] However, Karl tested positive for COVID-19 and the fight was moved to the next card on December 19, UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal.[30]

Roberson faced Brendan Allen on April 24, 2021 at UFC 261.[31] He lost the bout via ankle hook submission at the end of the first round.[32]

Roberson was scheduled to face promotional newcomer Nick Maximov on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266.[33] However, due to medical issues Roberson was forced to withdraw from the event and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Cody Brundage.[34]

Roberson faced Khalil Rountree Jr. on March 12, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 203.[35] Roberson lost the bout after getting dropped by a body kick and then finished on the ground.[36]

Roberson is scheduled to face Kennedy Nzechukwu on July 9, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 39.[37]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 9 wins 5 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 4 4
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–5 Khalil Rountree Jr. TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev March 12, 2022 2 0:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Loss 9–4 Brendan Allen Submission (ankle lock) UFC 261 April 24, 2021 1 4:55 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Loss 9–3 Marvin Vettori Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo June 13, 2020 1 4:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (190.5 lb) bout; Roberson missed weight.
Win 9–2 Roman Kopylov Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar November 9, 2019 3 4:01 Moscow, Russia
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 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 lb) 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 recordEdit

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 Light Heavyweight bout.
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 recordEdit

Professional Kickboxing Record
0 Wins, 3 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2016-05-13 Loss   Mike Lemaire Glory 30: Los Angeles Ontario, California, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 0–3
2016-02-26 Loss   Dustin Jacoby Glory 27: Chicago, Semi Finals Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA TKO 3 2:56 0–2
Drops to middleweight (-85 kg).
2015-08-04 Loss   Jérôme Le Banner Fight Night Saint-Tropez III [39] Saint Tropez, France Decision (unanimous) 5 2:00 0–1
For The W.K.N. World Super Heavyweight (+96.600 kg) Kickboxing OR Championship.
Amateur Kickboxing Record
2 Wins, 1 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2014-02-28 Win   Simon Camaj Friday Night Fights [40] New York City, United States TKO 4 N/A 2–0
2013-01-30 Win   Steven Jordan Friday Night Fights: 2013 Opener [41][42] New York City, United States KO 1 1:39 1–0
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


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