Of all the fights on the under card for UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields, this one has the most hardcore MMA fans buzzing. Daniel Roberts, training partner to fighters like Nick and Nate Diaz as well as Jake Shields, enters this bout with considerable improvement over his inauspicious beginning in MMA. Claude Patrick, by contrast, has shown excellent submission savvy in the UFC en route to today's fight.
What have these guys done lately?
How did these guys get here?
Claude Patrick built his career in Canada (outside of one regional show in Moline, Illinois) compiling an 11-1 record before signing with the UFC. He submitted Ricardo Funch with a guillotine choke at UFC 115, and went on to defeat James Wilks by unanimous decision at UFC 120.
Daniel Roberts won his first nine fights in regional promotions in Oklahoma before signing with the UFC. He made his debut at the UFC's first show on cable channel versus, dropping a fight by knock out to John Howard. Roberts bounced back with three straight victories, defeating Greg Soto by kimura in his last fight at UFC 125.
Why should you care?
With a combined 2 losses in 27 fights, Patrick and Roberts are two fighters worth keeping an eye on.
They've got similar skill sets and are in similar points in their career. They generally tells me the fighter will either be cautious or exceptionally hungry to move to the next stage.
This fight will also air on Facebook.