Now the French welterweight faces the question of his future as a free agent. And while he insists it will be with the UFC, he’s less convinced about the weight class.
The impressively violent finish should at least help him get some attention, which Taleb (14-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) insisted he was lacking after recent outings. His right high kick caught Roberts (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the face, staggering him against the fence, and his straight right landed flush while Roberts was still stunned, dropping him to the mat.
“It wasn’t a power kick,” Taleb said afterward backstage at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. “I just threw the kick to see what (would) happen, to see his reaction and get my range. But it landed just at the right place, right moment, so I just moved forward and maximized with my right hand to make sure the job was done.”
While Roberts seemed upset about the stoppage, Taleb noted that it could have been because “he didn’t know what happened, poor guy.”
But for Taleb, the question is whether his performance was enough to earn him a little more promotion from the UFC.
“(The win) places me as a serious guy, a serious prospect in the division in the UFC,” Taleb said. “I’m hoping that this fight will be seen a lot. Then the UFC will give me the support, and I hope I get (a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus, which he did) because I think I deserve it. It’s a less than 1-minute fight, a knockout, cold, so I think I deserve it.”
Complicating matters is Taleb’s current contractual situation. With that fight, he’s now a free agent, he said. But while he expects that it will be his last at welterweight, in part because he feels he can be more active as a middleweight, especially as he gets older, he doesn’t think it’ll be his last in the UFC.
In fact, he said, he doesn’t even plan to negotiate with other promotions.
“I’ve worked so hard to be in this place today, and I’m not about to leave the UFC,” Taleb said. “I just want the best for both of us, for me, for my family. And I’m pretty sure they will understand, and we will find the perfect range to stay together. The UFC is the most prestigious organization, and I’m looking forward to my next fight in the UFC.”view original article >>
See the top Twitter reactions to Frankie Edgar’s win over Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 128. read news >>
UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis is eager to step into the Octagon with Greg Hardy because of the domestic violence allegations the former NFL star has faced ... read news >>
There's plenty to love about MMA . It's provided hours of entertainment and enjoyment to you in your lifetime, and for every card happening on the other side of the world in the middle ... read news >>
Two title contenders were likely created Saturday at UFC Fight Night 128. Happening almost entirely on Fox Sports 1, the event took place from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey... read news >>
Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 128 event drew an announced attendance of 9,541 and a live gate of $923,720. read news >>
Siyar Bahadurzada, David Branch, Ricky Simon and Merab Dvalishvili earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at UFC Fight Night 128. read news >>
See the top Twitter reactions to Kevin Lee’s win over Edson Barboza in the UFC Fight Night 128 main event. read news >>
Frankie Edgar made a quick return to the Octagon to get the win over Cub Swanson on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, N.J. read news >>
Check out highlights from David Branch's crushing knockout of Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 128 on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. read news >>
Watch the UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee post-fight press conference shortly after the conclusion of the night's main event in Atlantic City, N.J. read news >>
Check out highlights from Dan Hooker's brutal knee knockout of Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night 128 on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. read news >>
UFC announced on Saturday that former UFC welterweight champion and winner of season four of The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Serra, has been named to the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 as a Pioneer. The 2 read news >>
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra is getting a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame. read news >>
Check out highlights from Siyar Bahadurzada's victory over Luan Chagasat UFC Fight Night 128 on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. read news >>
Check out highlights from Ricky Simon's inexplicable TKO win over Merab Dvalishvili at UFC Fight Night 128 on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. Dvalishvili never tapped out during the fight and the ref read news >>
Ricky Simon was awarded a TKO victory at UFC Fight Night 128 despite his opponent seemingly making it past the final bell. read news >>