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Karl Roberson Out Against Maximov, Brundage Steps In

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MMA DNA reported on Twitter that Karl “Baby K” Roberson is out of his fight against Nick Maximov. Maximov will remain on the card, and Cody Brundage will replace him in his promotional debut.

Roberson (9-4-0 4-4-0 UFC) looked to rebound from back-to-back submission losses against Marvin Vettori and Brendan Allen. Roberson is out due to complications from weight cutting, once again, after he missed weight for his bout against Vettori. Roberson’s coach told the press he suffered an attack of rhabdomyolysis, a condition that can be permanently damaging or fatal. Rhabdomyolysis occurs when muscle tissue leaks its protein and electrolytes in the blood, damaging the heart and kidneys.

In a video posted to his Instagram account, Roberson told his followers, “these weight cuts really don’t agree with me anymore. I’m pretty sure I f*cked my body up from cutting weight wrong early in my career. So for all y’all f*ckers who think this sh*t won’t catch up with you, pay attention because it will.”

Roberson is one of the most inconsistent fighters on the roster, sprinkling wins in with his losses, as he won two straight before going on a two-fight skid. In one of his losses to Glover Texeira, he out-landed the title challenger 24-6, as well as scoring a takedown before he was submitted. This severe weight miss might clue the UFC in on his struggles in the cage as well, and so Roberson’s promotional leash may be getting tighter- he runs the risk of being cut if he loses again.

Cody Brundage (6-1-0) is a UFC debutant making his promotional debut on just three days’ notice, something that may put him in favorable company standing if he does well. He fought on Dana White’s Contender Series against the formidable William Knight but lost via ground-and-pound. He turned around and made the most of the second chance he had, beating Joseph Kropschot via Arm Triangle choke.

He will be facing undefeated Nick Maximov, also making his promotional debut. Maximov is (6-0-0) with a win on DWCS over Oscar Cota earning him his shot on the biggest stage in martial arts. Maximov is a grappling savant, often participating in Submission Underground in both no-gi and gi.

Unfortunately for both of the men, their opponent is as skilled at grappling as they are. Maximov might possess a slight edge due to the sheer volume of grappling bouts he’s had, but Brundage has two of his wins via the submission. This should be an interesting fight, as both men are well versed on the feet and mat, but Brundage possesses the advantage on the feet, having won three fights via knockout, but Maximov is the grappling-heavy fighter.

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