In the Main Event of last night's installment of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, Karl Roberson earned a UFC Contract by defeating Ryan Spann via knockout just fifteen seconds into the fight.
Roberson landed several picture perfect elbows up against the cage to send Spann face down on the canvas. As soon as the two met in the center of the Octagon, it was clear the fight would not last long. Both fighters were throwing bombs and Roberson happened to be the one who took advantage of his position in the clinch by putting away Spann.
"Everytime Karl fights he looks more and more impressive," said Roberson's manager Brian Butler-Au, Managing Partner of SuckerPunch Entertainment. "I actually messaged UFC matchmaker, Mick Maynard yesterday before the fight to let him know we thought Karl was gonna shine in this bout. We are very excited for his future in the UFC."
A self proclaimed "Regular guy from Neptune New Jersey," Karl Roberson has catapulted himself towards stardom in a short period of time. It's been just four-and-a-half years since Roberson began his martial arts career as an amateur, and we're less than two years removed from what was his pro kickboxing debut against French kickboxing legend Jerome Le Banner.
It's very clear Roberson has put in the work to become elite and he's chosen the right people to work with. Having UFC caliber teammates boasting about your abilities and helping mold you into a UFC contender was the perfect situation for Roberson. All he had to do was keep on embracing the grind.
"It feels great knowing that all my hard work and hours spent in the gym have paid off," said Roberson. "I want to thank all my coaches, Brian Wright, my brother and training partner Corey Anderson, all of my people from Killer B and Nick Catone MMA. I also want to thank my management team SuckerPunch Entertainment, as well as New Jersey Nutrition and Wellness for keeping my body healthy and strong through this camp."
Roberson's bout with Spann was held in the light heavyweight division, however it remains to be seen where he makes his home in the UFC. Both Roberson and UFC President Dana White mentioned that he could drop down to middleweight going forward. Roberson has history at 185 cutting to that weight twice as a professional including prior to his win over Elijah Gbollie at Shogun Fights 16 back in March.
Roberson has been as active as they come lately taking three fights thus far in 2017. Surely he is eager to make his official UFC debut at a live event soon. When he does, expect Karl Roberson to take the MMA world by storm.
Karl Roberson is the third SuckerPunch Entertainment Athlete to earn a UFC contract through the first three weeks of the Contender Series. Next week on DWTNCS, SuckerPunch Athlete Cheyden Leialoha looks to become number four as he faces John Castaneda in a bantamweight bout. Be sure to tune into UFC Fight Pass on Tuesday (8/1) at 8pm Eastern.