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Danny Roberts on viral KO loss to Michel Pereira: ‘Nine out of 10 times, I destroy that guy’

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Danny Roberts and Michel Pereira
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Danny Roberts wants to put his viral knockout loss to Michel Pereira behind him with a big performance in Moscow this weekend.

Known for his striking prowess, “Hot Chocolate” admits that his loss six months ago to the spectacular Brazilian was a “tough pill to swallow” as he gears up for his first bout since suffering the defeat.

“It’s a done deal, it’s something I can’t look back on... that I can’t really dwell on,” Roberts, told MMA Fighting in advance of his UFC Moscow clash with Russian Zelim Imadaev on Saturday.

Roberts said his loss was a tough pill to swallow, and yet he was able to look at the experience as a lesson.

“In this game that we’re in, every thing is on a knife’s edge,” he said. “We go into firefights, so anything can happen, especially in the first couple of minutes. Michel Pereira is one of those fights that, nine out of 10, I destroy that guy. I think that became apparent when we saw his last fight and all the antics he was pulling. I think he was just very lucky that he managed to catch me early.”

Roberts is confident that he can avenge all of his UFC defeats, including the stoppage loss he suffered against the extravagant Pereira.

“Don’t get it twisted, from all the fights that I’ve lost, I’m telling you I would smoke everyone of them because these people are not better than me, I just made mistakes,” he said. “They’ve just been lucky enough to catch me, and I guess that’s the beauty of the game that we’re in.

“There are so many ways that you can lose a fight (when) anything can happen at any given moment. Just because somebody does do that, it doesn’t mean they’re better than you. That’s something I know within myself. The fans and the media can take it (however) they want, but it isn’t going to change the way I feel or believe within myself.”

In the midst of a two-fight skid, Roberts said a turnaround in Moscow would be even sweeter.

“I’m going into double digits now in the UFC; this will be my 10th fight,” he said. “You look at all my previous performances, and you’ll see that all my big performances have come on the back of a defeat. This is something I look forward to. It’s the kind of fight that brings the best out of me.”

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