LONDON – If it’s local talent the UFC wants to help fill out its first trip to Liverpool, then they don’t have to look much further than this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 127 event for inspiration.
Danny Roberts (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was the author of one of the night’s most brutal finishes, after his left hand made first-round work of fellow welterweight Oliver Enkamp (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC). Afterward, he wasted no time putting in a request to ask for a spot in the freshly announced UFC Fight Night 130 event.
Backstage, Roberts doubled down on the idea. And if the UFC brass is taking excitement into account, then Roberts should really be a no-brainer for the May 27 card at Echo Arena in the English city.
“(UFC President) Dana White and (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby have got to get me on that card,” Roberts said. “I’m a hometown fighter. I’ve been away, and I’ve had a lot of time away training to obviously up my game and just kind of refine certain areas.
“To be able to get on that Liverpool card? What was that – a minute, two minutes, that fight? I’m fresh. I’m ready to go. Get me matched up. Another exciting fight. Sean Shelby, Dana White, make it happen.”
Roberts met Enkamp on the preliminary card of Saturday’s event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from The O2 in London.
The finish was emphatic (via Twitter):
The UFC-Liverpool card is quickly taking shape. Other than a middleweight bout between Tom Breese and Daniel Kelly, as well as Elias Theodorou vs. Trevor Smith, the card already has one side of its headliner confirmed in Liverpool’s own Darren Till.
Roberts, who’s now an even 2-2 in his past four fights (with both wins coming via knockout), would certainly be a suitable addition. As for whom he’d like to meet there? Roberts said that, stylistically, there a few options. But he would like someone who’s on a winning record, like him. Someone who’s strong. Someone who’s dominant.
In fact, he knows someone who, having recently bounced back from a three-fight losing skid, fits all of those requirements: Donald Cerrone.
“‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, something like that, would be perfect,” Roberts said.
In a night that featured a miraculous last-second submission and a statement knockout of an ex-champ, Roberts’ folding of Enkamp in front of the friendly London crowd wasn’t enough to earn a bonus and the added $50,000 that would’ve gone toward his son’s savings.
But all in all, it wasn’t too shabby of a night for Roberts, who’s now back in the winning column following a knockout loss to Nordine Taleb. He also got some time in the spotlight to send a few messages.
There’s the one he sent when he asked for his desired meeting, of course, but also the one that those who watched the mega blockbuster “Black Panther” recognized immediately.
“For me, it’s a bit of a statement,” Roberts said of the “Wakanda Forever” salute he threw in both after his win and at weigh-ins the night before. “I like it – black power, stuff like that. I feel like we should support each other and support our people. I feel, as a nation, that we’ve got more and more black affluential people coming up – from everything, from movie starts, actors, singers, fighters, sports athletes.
“I like to feel empowered and take that with me and push it across to others. Because, like I say, I came from nothing. And I’m making something. And I’m going to continue to do that.”view original article >>