There have been some remarkable backstories on some of the UFC’S newest talents in the first two seasons of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet two California kings looking to set the UFC aflame like a raging wildfire.
A professional since October 2016 and representing Adrenaline Martial Arts and Fitness and Carlson Gracie BJJ, Roosevelt Roberts holds a perfect 6-0 record comprised of three submissions and three knockouts. Roberts earned a contract with the UFC on week seven of season two of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2018. He has earned a finish in all six of his victories as a professional. In his MMA debut at California Fight League 9, he tapped out Michael Thomas via guillotine choke in the first round. Roberts also defeated Andrew Kauppila via TKO in round one at KOTC Groundbreaking. Then at CXF 8 Cali Kings, he submitted Dominic Clark in the first round via guillotine choke. At CXF 9 Roberts defeated Shohei Yamamoto via TKO in round two. In his lone appearance with Bellator MMA at Bellator 192 he defeated Tommy Aaron via TKO. At Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender 7, Roberts tapped out Garrett Gross in the second round via rear naked choke to extend his unbeaten streak to six to begin his professional career and also earned a UFC contract in the process. At 6-0 things are just beginning to heat up for this explosive lightweight bomber!
A professional since January 2014 and representing Alliance MMA, Matt Sayles holds a 7-2 record in nine career bouts as a professional comprised of six knockouts and one decision. Sayles earned a contract with the UFC on week two of season two of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2018. In his MMA debut, he defeated Chris Floyd via TKO in the first round. Sayles defeated his next four opponents that saw wins over Ryan Lang and Bryson Hansen. Then at CFFC 64 he defeated Christian Aguilera via TKO in the first round. At Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 2, Sayles defeated Yazan Hajeh via TKO in round one to secure his sixth knockout win as a professional and also earned a UFC contract in the process. With six of his seven wins coming via knockout it is only a matter of time before this destructive featherweight goes off!