MMA Profile: Daniel Roberts, BJJ “Ninja”

UFC welterweight fighter Daniel “Ninja” Roberts is no stranger to the ground game. He has 12 years of jiu jitsu experience, and in that time has picked up a grappling record of 69-14. He is a 3x NAGA Champion, a 2x NAGA world finalist, a 2x jiu jitsu world medalist and 1x world finalist, an ADCC medalist, and a 1x Jiu jitsu national champion. This in addition to his background as an NAIA All-American wrestler at Bacone College in Oklahoma.  (Enjoy the video and Halloween stunt he pulls). Read on…

Before signing to the UFC, Ninja accumulated a record of 9-0, with 7 wins coming by way of submission—including two rear naked [einset][/einset]chokes, two kimuras and an arm triangle choke. (Two of his opponents tapped to strikes.)

Roberts’ UFC career got off to a rocky start when he tasted defeat for the first time in a 1st round KO loss to John Howard. However, Roberts rebounded in his second fight, winning a split decision against Forrest Petz at UFC 116.

In his most recent fight at UFC 121, Roberts defeated Mike Guymon by Anaconda choke in just over a minute, earning a cool $70,000 and Submission of the Night honors. Guymon came in throwing punches in bunches, pressing Roberts against the cage. Roberts attempted a guillotine and then an Anaconda, which started on the feet until Guymon dropped to the mat and Roberts gator rolled and the Joker tapped.

[social][/social]Roberts trains with the Cesar Gracie Fight Team in California, working alongside Jake Shields.

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