Roosevelt Roberts remained unbeaten with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Thomas Gifford in the opening fight of the ESPN+ main card in Sunrise, Florida.
The second biggest betting favorite on the card, Roberts won by a 30-27 score on all three scorecards.
Gifford had his best moments in the second quarter – latching onto a guillotine choke attempt and a near armbar attempt. Roberts, however, was able to control the fight with superior striking and wrestling throughout the 15 minutes to make him 2-0 in the UFC.
Gifford, making his UFC debut, saw his record fall to 17-8.
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“I felt good about this fight, but I wish I could have gotten a knockout,” Roberts said. “I haven’t gotten a knockout yet, so I was working to get one. I just wish I could have done something better. You have to finish your fights. I’m ready to go back to the Octagon. June, July, whatever… Whatever Sean Shelby tells me, call me and I’ll be ready. I challenged Matt Frevola in the Octagon. He fought my brother Jalin Turner, I need some revenge.”