Roosevelt Roberts has been given another chance to fight in the Octagon, but the catch is he’ll only get a few days notice to get ready to go up against mateusz Rebecki at UFC 295 in NYC this weekend.
Roberts was called on after Rebecki’s original opponent Nurullo Aliev was forced to withdraw from their fight on the prelims due to an injury.
The 29-year-old Roberts was released from the UFC in August of 2021 after he went winless in his last three fights in the promotion, including a submission loss to Jim Miller and last-gasp KO spinning wheel-kick defeat against Ignacio Bahamondes.
That left Roberts with a 4-3 (+1nc) record during his three-year stint in the UFC, but he’s since got back to winning ways on the regional circuit, earning two wins in the Eagle FC and LXF promotions.
Now he’ll try to prove he belongs back in the Octagon when he locks horns with Rebecki, who has earned back-to-back wins since joining from the Contender Series last year, taking his overall career record to 18-1.
Roberts vs. Rebecki slots into the prelims of the UFC 295 card on a night when two title fights headline the show at Madison Square Garden, with Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira fighting for the vacant 205lb title, while Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall battle it out for the interim heavyweight title in the co-main event.