Imagine revising for weeks ahead of a history exam, then being told just one week before exam day that you’ll actually be turning in a biology paper.
That’s not too far off what welterweight Danny Roberts (16-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had to deal with at UFC Fight Night 134 this past weekend in Hamburg, Germany.
Roberts (16-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had gone through a full training camp at Hard Knocks 365 in Florida, preparing studiously for a bout with fellow hard-hitting welterweight Alan Jouban. But when injury forced the American off the card, the UFC drafted in a late replacement.
The promotion settled on German debutant and KSW veteran David Zawada, who was almost everything Jouban wasn’t. Both had a host of knockouts on their respective records, but Zawada’s fighting style and orthodox stance were certainly different to Jouban’s southpaw kickboxing style. And with precious little footage of Zawada (16-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) floating around on the Internet for Roberts’ team to study, the Brit described feeling like he was “fighting blind” as he was forced to adapt on the fly against a very different opponent.