Submission savvy welterweights Daniel Roberts and T.J. Waldburger have agreed to throw down as part of the UFC’s “Battle on the Bayou” scheduled for September 17 in New Orleans. Adding to the already high stakes of competing in the Octagon, both fighters are coming off losses in their previous outings meaning Bourbon Street may host a celebratory afterparty for one and a means of drowning the sorrows of a pending release from the roster for the other.
The match-up was announced earlier today through the UFC’s website.
The 12-3 Roberts, a member of the famed “Skrap Pack”, has dropped back-to-back decisions in the UFC after winning three straight in the organization including a pair of opening round submissions against Greg Soto and Mike Guymon. Nine of his twelve total victories have been the result of tapping an opponent out, though in fairness to the 30-year old’s power a few have come from strikes rather than BJJ technique.
Waldburger has yet to find his footing in the UFC with a TKO loss to Johny Hendricks this past March after a successful debut six months earlier. The 13-6 Texan has ten submissions to his credit in addition to wins over Brian Foster, Pete Spratt, and Pat Healy.
“Battle on the Bayou”, otherwise known as Fight Night 25, is headlined by former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields attempting to work his way back towards a title-shot against underrated finisher Jake Ellenberger. The card will also feature two Ultimate Fighter winners in action with Court McGee mixing it up with Dongi Yang and Jonathan Brookins facing Erik Koch.
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