The wins are there and the names are there, but Roberts’ intuition tells him that it’s better to attack a change in fighting style sooner rather than later. If all else fails and Roberts has to go back, he’s only 25 and hasn’t even peaked yet, despite all his opponents.
“You look at the guys I competed against as an amateur, my only split decision loss was against a guy named Brant Moore,” said Roberts. “He’s currently a 9-1 pro and is probably about to get a call at the UFC. I beat Loren Thibodeaux, who is currently a pro 3-0, and I beat AJ Fletcher, who is now a professional 8-0.
Luckily for Roberts, the ground game has always come naturally. With a solid wrestling base already secured, there is a built-in fallback if his new style starts to fail him. Call it a taste for knockout or call it a need to open people’s eyes, but Roberts just doesn’t want anyone to blink.