It can often be too late to make changes to your fighting career, but it can almost never be too early.
Louisiana product Jesse Roberts currently stands at 1-0 professionally. With three amateur wins and one professional victory under his belt, most would keep doing what they’re doing, but with a 0% finish rate, Roberts feels that his style has led to him being underappreciated on the regional MMA scene.
“I’m really coming in to make a statement this fight,” Roberts said. “It’s been two years since my last fight. I hurt my knee and had surgery and then COVID and then I decided I was going to finish college. I graduated and now I’m right back on track. Ready to make things happen.”
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The wins are there and the names are there, but Roberts’ intuition tells him it’s better to attack a fighting style change early instead of late. If all else fails and Roberts needs to pivot back, he’s only 25 years old and yet to even enter his fighting prime, despite all his opponents being in theirs.
“You look at the guys I competed against in amateur, my only split decision loss was to a guy named Brant Moore,” Roberts explained. “He’s a 9-1 professional right now and probably about to get a call to the UFC. I beat Loren Thibodeaux, who’s a 3-0 pro right now, and I beat AJ Fletcher, who’s 8-0 right now professional.”
Thankfully for Roberts, the ground game has always come natural. With a solid wrestling base already secured, there’s a built-in fall back if his new style begins to fail him. Call it a taste for the KO or call it a need to open people’s eyes, but Roberts just doesn’t want anybody to blink.
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With hopes of fighting three more times this year in his heart, Roberts won’t be in the cage to waste time. He’s there to make it a short night.
“Most of my fights I grind people out, but I’m coming to put the hurt on somebody this fight and from now on.”
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