Roosevelt Roberts (born February 11, 1994) is an American mixed martial artist (MMA) who competes in the Lightweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Roosevelt Roberts
BornRoosevelt Roberts
(1994-02-11) February 11, 1994 (age 30)
Miami, Florida United States[1]
Other namesThe Predator
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight158 lb (72 kg; 11 st 4 lb)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofSan Bernardino, California, United States
TeamAdrenaline MMA[3]
Cortez Martial Arts[4]
Carlson Gracie Temecula[3]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5]
Years active2016–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission5
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog



Roberts was born in Miami, Florida in 1994. After his mother left the family due to domestic violence, Roberts began living with friends and family members whenever they could take him in. Roberts began selling drugs and stealing to support himself. As a result, he ended up in a youth correctional facility in San Francisco, California for a year. Roberts started to turn his life around at 19 years old when his daughter was born and started training in MMA.[6] He took his first amateur fight in 2014 and turned professional in 2016. Roberts trains at Adrenaline MMA in San Bernardino under head coach Adam Rothwieler and at Carlson Gracie Temecula under Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach Tom Cronin.[1]

Mixed martial arts career


Early career and appearance on Dana White's Contender Series


After a 6–1 amateur career, Roberts started his professional MMA career in 2016. He amassed a record of 5–0 prior to his appearance on Dana White's Contender Series 15 web-series program on July 21, 2018, where he faced Garrett Gross. He won the fight via a submission in the second round and was signed by UFC.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship


Roberts made his UFC debut on November 20, 2018, against Darrell Horcher at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale.[8] He won the fight via a guillotine choke in round one.[9] This win earned the Performance of the Night award.[10]

His next fight came on April 27, 2019, against Thomas Gifford at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Roberts faced Vinc Pichel on June 29, 2019, at UFC on ESPN 3.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Roberts faced Alexander Yakovlev on November 9, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 21.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Roberts was scheduled to face Matt Frevola on April 25, 2020.[17] However, on April 9, promotional officials scrapped the pairing due to COVID-19 pandemic.[18]

Roberts faced Brok Weaver on May 30, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns.[19] At the weigh-ins, Weaver weighed in at 157.5 pounds, 1.5 pounds over the lightweight non-title fight limit of 156 pounds. He was fined 20 percent of his purse and the bout with Roberts proceeded at a catchweight.[20] Roberts won the fight via submission in round two.[21]

Roberts faced Jim Miller on June 20, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov.[22] He lost the fight in the first round after verbally submitting to an armbar.[23]

A bout with Matt Frevola was rescheduled and is expected to take place on September 12, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 177.[24] On September 11, 2020, Frevola pulled out of the bout against Roberts, citing an injury. He was replaced by newcomer Kevin Croom.[25] Roberts lost the fight via a guillotine choke in round one.[26] On November 4, it was announced by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that the fight with Croom would be overturned to a no contest, after Croom tested positive for marijuana.

Roberts faced Ignacio Bahamondes on August 21, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 29.[27] He lost the fight via knock out in round three.[28]

On September 17, 2021, it was announced that Roberts was released by the UFC.[29]

Eagle FC


After being released from the UFC, Roberts faced Darren Smith Jr. for the vacant LXF Welterweight Championship at Lights Out Xtreme Fighting 7 on December 10, 2021. He claimed the title via first-minute knockout.[30]

Roberts faced Alexandre de Almeida on May 20, 2022, at Eagle FC 47.[31] At weigh ins, Alexandre Almeida missed weight for the bout. Alexandre Almeida weighed in at 158.4 pounds and was fined a percentage of his purse and the bout proceeded at catchweight.[32] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

The Ultimate Fighter 31


In mid-March 2023, it was announced that Roberts would be competing in the thirty-first season of The Ultimate Fighter.[34]

Roberts was selected to be a part of Team Chandler, being ranked third overall. In his first fight on the show, Roberts faced #2 ranked Nate Jennerman, and won the fight by knockout eight seconds into the first round.[35]

In the semi-final round, Roberts faced faced former LFA Lightweight Champion and fellow teammate Austin Hubbard, and lost the fight via split decistion.[36]

Return to UFC


Roberts faced Mateusz Rębecki on November 11, 2023, at UFC 295.[37] At the weigh-ins, Roberts came in at 158 pounds (two pounds over the lightweight non-title bout limit). His bout with Rebecki proceeded at catchweight with Roberts forfeiting 20% of his purse.[38] He lost the bout in the first round via an armbar submission.[39]

Personal life


Roosevelt has two children.[6]

Championships and accomplishments


Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 12 wins 4 losses
By knockout 4 1
By submission 5 2
By decision 3 1
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–4 (1) Mateusz Rębecki Submission (armbar) UFC 295 November 11, 2023 1 3:08 New York City, New York, United States Catchweight (158 lb) bout; Roberts missed weight.
Win 12–3 (1) Alexandre de Almeida Decision (unanimous) Eagle FC 47 May 20, 2022 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States Return to Lightweight; de Almeida missed weight (158.4 lb).
Win 11–3 (1) Darren Smith Jr. KO (punch) LXF 7 December 10, 2021 1 0:32 Commerce, California, United States Won the vacant LOXF Welterweight Championship.
Loss 10–3 (1) Ignacio Bahamondes KO (spinning wheel kick) UFC on ESPN: Cannonier vs. Gastelum August 21, 2021 3 4:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 10–2 (1) Kevin Croom NC (overturned) UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill September 12, 2020 1 0:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a submission (guillotine choke) win for Croom; overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.
Loss 10–2 Jim Miller Submission (armbar) UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov June 20, 2020 1 2:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (160 lb) bout.
Win 10–1 Brok Weaver Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns May 30, 2020 2 3:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (157.5 lb) bout; Weaver missed weight.
Win 9–1 Alexander Yakovlev Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar November 9, 2019 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 8–1 Vinc Pichel Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos June 29, 2019 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 8–0 Thomas Gifford Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson April 27, 2019 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 7–0 Darrell Horcher Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale November 30, 2018 1 4:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 6–0 Garrett Gross Submission (rear-naked choke) Dana White's Contender Series 15 July 31, 2018 2 2:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Tommy Aaron TKO (punches) Bellator 192 January 20, 2018 1 N/A Inglewood, California, United States
Win 4–0 Shohei Yamamoto TKO (punches) CXF 9 August 19, 2017 2 1:47 Studio City, California, United States Won the interim CXF Lightweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Dominic Clark Submission (guillotine choke) CXF 8 June 17, 2017 1 1:47 Burbank, California, United States
Win 2–0 Andrew Kauppila TKO (punches) KOTC: Groundbreaking May 6, 2017 1 0:23 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 Michael Thomas Submission (guillotine choke) California Fight League 9 October 22, 2016 1 2:58 Victorville, California, United States Lightweight debut.


Mixed martial arts exhibition record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Austin Hubbard Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Chandler Jul 25, 2023 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter 31 Semi-final round.
Win 1–0 Nate Jennerman TKO (punches) May 30, 2023 (airdate) 1 0:09 The Ultimate Fighter 31 Quarterfinal round.

See also



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