Roosevelt Roberts says Mike Trizano can come get guillotined – but it's not personal
LAS VEGAS – After Roosevelt Roberts picked up a UFC deal on Dana White’s Contender Series, he immediately called out “The Ultimate Fighter 27” winner Mike Trizano (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Now after picking up his first UFC win, Roberts (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is calling him out again.
“I want Mike Trizano,” Roberts told MMAjunkie following his win at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale. “I want you, man. Ain’t nothing personal. It’s just business.”
Roberts’ beef with Trizano stems from being snubbed after trying out for “TUF 27.” Since Trizano went on to win that season of the long-running reality competition series, Roberts wants a chance to prove he would have been the victor if just given a chance.
It was a matchup he asked for following his DWCS 15 win in August. Instead, he was paired with Darrell Horcher at this past weekend’s The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas. Roberts impressed, submitting Horcher in the opening round with a nasty guillotine choke that had his opponent horizontal at one point as he tried desperately to break free.
“Listen, the guillotine, I’m always looking for that, regardless,” Roberts said. “Wherever we’re at, I’m always thinking about it. I might not go for it right away, but if I see it, I’m going to go for it. Shout out to my professor at Carlson Gracie Temecula. We’ve got a great team.
“I knew it was tight because the way I had it, it was like a power guillotine, pushing my hand up. So I felt, like, my arm squeezing his neck, so I was just like, ‘Oh, I’m just going to hold on to this. Either he’s going to straighten out himself and I’m going to finish him there, or if he’s going to stay like this, I’m just going to keep pushing him up.’ Plus I’m taller, too, so the more I start coming straight up – and he’s shorter – the more he’s got to come with me. That’s what it was.”
The performance earned Roberts a $50,000 bonus check for “Performance of the Night,” announcing the 24-year-old lightweight as one to watch in the future.
Roberts said he knew he was capable of a special performance but had to calm his nerves before making the walk to the UFC octagon for the first time.
“Man, I was nervous,” Roberts admitted. “My hands were tingling. I didn’t want to say nothing to my coaches because I didn’t want them freaking out, but I was, like, tripping out. But I think my coaches knew, and they were just trying to keep me calm. Every time I fight, I’ve got nerves.”
Roberts’ whirlwind 2018 comes to a close in spectacular fashion, catapulting from obscurity on the regional scene to a UFC bonus winner, and there would seem to be no shortage of potential opponents for him to face in the new year.
Roberts will happily take any assignment offered, but make no mistake: Trizano isn’t leaving his radar anytime soon.
“I want you,” Roberts said. “Come get me.”
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