Unbeaten Roberts Replaces Johnson at UFC’s Versus Debut

By Brian Knapp Feb 24, 2010
Unbeaten newcomer Daniel Roberts will face off with John Howard in a preliminary welterweight match at UFC on Versus 1 on March 21 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. Roberts replaces Anthony Johnson, who sustained a knee injury while training.

Roberts, an All-American wrestler at Bacone College in Oklahoma, struck Anthony Macias into submission last month at an event co-promoted by the 5150 Combat League and Xtreme Fighting League. The 29-year-old carries with him extensive jiu-jitsu experience and has delivered seven of his nine wins by submission.

Spawned by the Ring of Combat promotion, Howard will carry a six-fight winning streak into the bout. Behind on the scorecards, the 26-year-old former electrician knocked out veteran Dennis Hallman with five seconds left in their bout at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale in December. The Boston-based Howard has not lost since being outpointed by one-time International Fight League middleweight champion Dan Miller in 2007.

A light heavyweight showdown pitting Brandon Vera against Jon Jones will headline the 11-bout event, which will serve as the UFC’s debut on the Versus network. In addition, Junior dos Santos will take on Gabriel Gonzaga in a pivotal heavyweight duel.
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