UFC middleweight Karl Roberson (9-3-1) is hungry to return to the win column.
Roberson, who hails from the Garden State of New Jersey, had a health scare in the summer, which saw him miss weight and be diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis. The product was a disappointing submission loss to Marvin Vettori at UFC on ESPN 10 in June. He knows a win over South African newcomer Dalcha Lungiambula (10-2-0) puts him back on the road towards his ultimate goal of UFC champion.
“I can say (that Rhabdomyolysis is behind me) that now,” Roberson, 30, said on TKO Countdown Sunday night. “I have the right staff helping me out. I’m getting checked by Rutgers University on a weekly basis to make sure everything’s clean. Everything’s healthy. No issues at all .. They are happy with how everything is going. I’m even more confident that I’m going to get it done, step in that cage and F some things up.”
The clean bill of health prompted him to take this fight and resume training with Corey Anderson, Rex Harris, and the boys and girls at Killer B Combat Sports Academy in New Jersey.
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The priority is grappling and defence to prevent submissions, which has accounted for all three of his losses.
Much like his favourite boxer, Roy Jones Jr. (who he is picking to beat Mike Tyson), Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, his favourite UFC fighters, Roberson is looking to take care of business, which is never personal.
Just don’t tell the No. 13 Vettori, who will also be at UFC 256 taking on Ronaldo Souza.
A big win over Lungiambula could put Roberson back in the drivers seat towards the rankings.
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