Karl Roberson steps in on short notice to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC on ESPN+ 1

The UFC has found a late-replacement opponent for Glover Teixeira.

On Friday night, the promotion announced that Karl Roberson will step in for the injured Ion Cutelaba to meet Teixeira in a light heavyweight bout next week at UFC on ESPN+ 1.

UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place Jan. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and streams on ESPN+ with prelims on ESPN.

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Roberson, 28, officially joined the UFC in November 2017 after earning his roster spot with a win on the first season of Dana White’s Contender Series. Roberson is 2-1 in the UFC, with his most recent fight a unaninmous-decision win over Jack Marshman at UFC 230.

Former title challenger Teixeira is on an up-and-down run in his past six fights. He’s looking to rebound from a decision loss to Corey Anderson this past July in Germany. Prior to that, he had a TKO win over Misha Cirkunov in December 2017. Teixeira was supposed to fight Jimi Manuwa in September, but an injury knocked him out of the fight.

The UFC on ESPN+ 1 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for flyweight title
  • Allen Crowder vs. Greg Hardy
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
  • Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant
  • Karl Roberson vs. Glover Teixeira


  • Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
  • Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
  • Cory Sandhagen vs. TBA


  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal
  • Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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