Danny Roberts says he 'did not submit' at UFC London, wants Claudio Silva rematch

Danny Roberts is adamant he did not offer a verbal or physical submission at UFC on ESPN+ 5 and said Kevin Sataki wrongly stopped his bout with Claudio Silva.

After a tough back-and-forth fight, Roberts (16-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) got placed in a submission by Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in the third round of their welterweight matchup, which took place at The O2 in London. As the Brazilian attempted to torque an arm, Roberts appeared to elicit some sort of sound, causing referee Sataki to step in and wave it off.

An emotional Roberts immediately protested the result and felt he was wronged, and UFC President Dana White made it clear he agreed. Silva had a differing opinion, and according to Roberts, there’s only one way to resolve the issue (via Instagram):

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First things first, I would like to get one thing very clear: I did not submit, verbally or otherwise (play the fight/audio back). If I wanted to submit or tap out, I would have used my right hand -which was completely free at the time the referee ended the fight- to do so. With every fight that I go into, I give my all. I make sacrifices. And I dedicate myself to the sport. The fans have seen that time after time, once I get into the octagon, I’m committed to continuing until the very end and giving the fans what they deserve. On Saturday, that opportunity was snatched from me and the fans. I can understand that the referee may not appreciate the fact that if I ‘lose’ I get half of my money. I understand that the referee may not appreciate that I have a young family to take care of and provide for. I also understand that the referee may not appreciate, or even care, that I am trying to build something that is bigger than myself, a legacy. But what I can’t understand is how the referee made such a bad call? The @UFC is the top promotion in the world, I am a top-class athlete and, for me, it is only right that the standard of refereeing should be the same and I’m thankful for @danawhite’s comments on this situation. ‘No contest’ has been floated about but I want to avenge Saturday night properly and the only way to do that is by getting a rematch AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This is more than fighting. This is my life and there are no tap outs. All due respect to Claudio but I’m ready to go again right now 😤🇬🇧👊🏾#UFC #UFCLondon #TeamChocolate #HK365 #MMA #London #Liverpool

A post shared by Danny Roberts (@danhotchocolate) on Mar 18, 2019 at 11:50am PDT

First things first, I would like to get one thing very clear: I did not submit, verbally or otherwise (play the fight/audio back). If I wanted to submit or tap out, I would have used my right hand -which was completely free at the time the referee ended the fight- to do so.

With every fight that I go into, I give my all. I make sacrifices. And I dedicate myself to the sport. The fans have seen that time after time, once I get into the octagon, I’m committed to continuing until the very end and giving the fans what they deserve. On Saturday, that opportunity was snatched from me and the fans.

I can understand that the referee may not appreciate the fact that if I ‘lose’ I get half of my money. I understand that the referee may not appreciate that I have a young family to take care of and provide for. I also understand that the referee may not appreciate, or even care, that I am trying to build something that is bigger than myself, a legacy. But what I can’t understand is how the referee made such a bad call? The @UFC is the top promotion in the world, I am a top-class athlete and, for me, it is only right that the standard of refereeing should be the same and I’m thankful for @danawhite’s comments on this situation.

‘No contest’ has been floated about but I want to avenge Saturday night properly and the only way to do that is by getting a rematch AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This is more than fighting. This is my life and there are no tap outs. All due respect to Claudio but I’m ready to go again right now.

Whether Roberts chooses to appeal the result of his fight with Silva at UFC on ESPN+ 5 remains to be seen. He wants the promotion to run it back, but no one from the company has expressed a public interest in making that happen at this time.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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