Danny Roberts
Hot Chocolate


Gets fight vs. Imadaev in Moscow
September 16, 2019
Roberts (16-5-0) is scheduled to face Zelim Imadaev (8-1-0) in a welterweight fight Nov. 9 at UFC Moscow.
Roberts will enter the Octagon for the third time in 2019 and will be looking to rebound after back-to-back losses, which dropped his UFC record to 5-4. "Hot Chocolate's" most recent defeat came May 18 at UFC Rochester, where he took a first-round loss via knockout to Michel Pereira.
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No-shows loss to Michel Pereira
May 18, 2019
Roberts lost to Michel Pereira via KO (strikes) at 1:47 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
You can't help but feel bad for Roberts. He showed up ready to go, and 107 seconds later, he was finished by a Brazilian buzzsaw. Roberts's biggest strength is his striking, but he simply had nothing to offer against Pereira. A loser of back-to-back fights in a two-month span, Roberts needs to find a way to emerge victorious his next time out.
Booked for UFC Rochester
April 11, 2019
Roberts has been booked to take on Michel Pereira at UFC Rochester on May 18, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Roberts is coming off a controversial loss at UFC Fight Night in London back in mid-March, as he fell to Claudio Silva via submission in the third round of the fight. The defeat ended a two-fight winning streak for Roberts, and now he will waste no time getting back in the Octagon with just a two-month turnaround.
Drops controversial loss
March 16, 2019
Roberts lost to Claudio Silva via submission (arm-bar) at 3:37 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night in London on Saturday.
Roberts had clear advantages on the feet throughout the fight, but Silva was able to lean on his wrestling and grappling each time Roberts hurt him. Roberts was able to work his way out of compromising positions on several occasions, but the grappling creativity of Silva was simply too much to overcome. Near the end of the third round, Silva had Roberts in an arm-bar that appeared dangerous, but Roberts lifted him up and slammed him several times on the head. Silva held on, and that's when the controversy started. The referee claimed to hear Roberts verbally tap, and while he did release some type of exclamation, it was difficult to determine whether or not it was a tap based on the replays. Roberts strongly denies any type of submission, of course. It's a tough break for "Hot Chocolate," who snapped a two-fight winning streak with the loss.
Headed to London
December 20, 2018
Roberts will take on Claudio Silva in a welterweight matchup at UFC London on March 16, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.
Roberts has won back-to-back fights and sports a 5-2 record overall with the UFC. He'll hold a two-inch height and three-inch reach advantage over Silva, who thrives on the mat, averaging over three takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. Fortunately for Roberts, he has been submitted just once in his 19-fight professional career, and that came all the way back in his 2015 promotional debut. Roberts will also have the UK crowd behind him as a native of Liverpool.
Has mettle tested in win over David Zawada
July 22, 2018
Roberts defeated David Zawada via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.
The conventional wisdom coming into this fight was that Roberts would have a sizeable advantage on the feet but it was on the ground that the former boxer did his best work, staying a step ahead of the debutante in the majority of grappling exchanges. While it goes down as a win for Roberts, there may be cause for concern moving forward, as he seems to get matched in the striking department far too often for someone with his pedigree. Roberts improves to 16-3 as a result of the victory.