These are good days for Roberts of San Bernardino, especially since the aforementioned fight in Moscow last November saw him shake the only loss of his professional career against Vinc Pichel by defeating veteran Alexander Yakovlev. It was not up there with spectacular victories he delivered against Garrett Gross and Darrell Horcher, but some hopes never recover from their first defeat. Roberts did, and he never doubted it for a second.
“I don’t think taking that L really did any damage,” he said of the June 2019 fight with Pichel. “I think I needed it to grow as a fighter. I had a lot to do outside of the fighting and I had weight loss, but no excuses, he did his thing. You have to build on losses. If I let this loss kill me, what does it really mean to me? I went back to the gym, got better and just take it one day at a time and keep going. “
At 6 feet 2 inches, each cut to the limit of light weight must be difficult. He’s laughing.
“Each weight cut is quite difficult, but this one (against Pichel) was really difficult,” said Roberts, who hit his 156-pound mark in Saturday’s fight against Weaver. “This is no excuse, however. I did not introduce myself, I did not have the driving and the fire that I usually have when I fight that night and it has outdone me a little. I don’t think I was beaten, I just think he outdid me and won. So shout it out, but it won’t stop me. All I see is that I’m going to go. “
That’s not to say that 155 pounds is his final destination for MMA.
“I don’t see trying to lose weight all my career, so I certainly see 170 in the near future, but right now I have a whole division to go through,” he said. “I have two people I want to fight at 155, and I hope everything is fine on Saturday and I will call them and see what happens.”