UFC Fight Night: Karl Roberson Withdraws From Saturday Fight

Published 12/18/2020, 10:19 PM EST


UFC middleweight Karl Roberson has withdrawn from his scheduled bout against Dalcha Lungiambula this Saturday. Roberson was originally due to fight last weekend at UFC 256. However, the promotion moved the fight to this weekend’s card. But Roberson hasn’t yet recovered from the infection. As a result, he will be unable to participate in the last UFC Fight Night card of the year.

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The UFC is yet to take any decision on the future of the bout. It is yet to be revealed if they will reschedule it for one of the first events of 2021 or call it off altogether.

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Roberson has a professional record of 9-3 with all 3 of his losses coming in the UFC. He has also racked up 4 wins in the organization. As for Lungiambula, he has a UFC record of 1-1 and an overall professional record of 10-2.

Stephen Thompson Vs Geoff Neal will headline the last card of the year

The final card for 2020, UFC Fight Night 183, will take place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday.  The card is headlined by a welterweight bout between Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Geoff ‘Handz of Steel’ Neal. Thompson is ranked no.5 in welterweight and Neal is ranked at 11.

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MARCH 23: Stephen Thompson walks to the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Anthony Pettis during the UFC Fight Night event at Bridgestone Arena on March 23, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

This is a big opportunity for Geoff Neal to leapfrog in the rankings with a win over a former title challenger. Neal was absent from the octagon for over a year after his emphatic knockout win over Mike Perry in 2019.

Thompson last fought at UFC 244 where he defeated Vicente Luque in a dominant performance. Thompson put on a striking clinic on his counterpart that night. With a win over Neal, Thompson will certainly reclaim his status as a title challenger yet again. He has called out to rematch Jorge Masvidal, given he gets past Neal. The two fought at UFC 217 in 2017.

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Who do you think gets the win in Saturday’s main event? Thompson or Neal, who will end the year on a high? Furthermore, will this card be impacted by eleventh-hour withdrawals?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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