Who Is Roosevelt Roberts Ready To Face Following UFC On ESPN 9?
Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith is famous for saying “I love it when a plan comes together” on The A-Team TV show. His team almost always was able to pull off successful missions, no matter the odds. Roosevelt Roberts is looking to do the same as he heads into UFC on ESPN 9 this weekend.
Roberts (9-1) is scheduled to face off against Brok Weaver this Saturday, May 30. If he were to win, “The Predator” has his eyes on an opponent he was originally set to face in Matt Frevola. The two were scheduled to meet on April 25 but the entire event was nixed due to the coronavirus. Now, Frevola (8-1-1) is set to face off against Frank Camacho on June 20.
Feeling like the fight is inevitable to happen, Roberts told MMA Junkie he has been ready to face Frevola for a while now.
“It could have (happened), but (Frevola) wanted a little more time, like three or four more weeks,” Roberts stated. “We’ve already been training for this fight since February. We were supposed to fight in April, but it got pushed back. In my head, I’m like, ‘I don’t want to keep going, keep waiting for you to be ready. I’m ready now. We could have fought this week.’”
Making an impact during Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Roberts beat Garrett Ross via submission. He earned Performance of the Night during The Ultimate Fighter finale in 2018, submitting Darrell Horcher. In three fights in 2019, Roberts beat Thomas Gifford, lost to Vinc Pichel, and rebounded with a win over Alexander Yakovlev in November.
He faces off against Weaver (15-4), who is on an eight-fight win streak. Primarily fighting for Square Ring Promotions, the 28-year-old was also on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Beating Devin Smyth in August, Weaver then won a fight against Rodrigo Vargas in February via illegal knee. It was his second win via DQ.
“(Weaver) is tough,” Roberts went on to say. “He’s a tough dude who likes to brawl. I’m not worried. I’m going to go in there and do my thing, no matter who they put me in there with… He’s definitely got the gift of gab, that’s for sure. When we get in there, there ain’t going to be no more talking. There’s going to be these fists thrown. … I’m going to go in there and get the knockout or definitely a submission.”
Frevola will be looking for his third win in a row. If the stars align, could we end up seeing the two duke it out later this year?
The main event of UFC on ESPN 9 features Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns in a welterweight bout. The event is scheduled to take place inside the UFC’s APEX Center in Nevada. White is confident the promotion would be returning to the state, however, this all depends on an upcoming ruling by the Nevada Athletic Commission.