LAS VEGAS – Kevin Croom beat Roosevelt Roberts with a first-round submission Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 35 in Las Vegas.
Take a look inside the fight with Croom, who took the fight with Roberts on just a day’s notice and was the biggest underdog on the card.
Croom on the fight’s key moment
“I heard (coach) James (Krause) yell ‘Throw a split one,’ and so I did it. I ended up catching him with that hook. He dropped, and there’s nothing like dropping someone. You’re certainly not expecting it. As soon as he fell, he presented that neck. My coaches were yelling, ‘Hit him! Hit him!’ But I had that neck, so I just snatched it up, put my hips in, put him up against the cage and that tap is the best feeling I have ever felt.”
UPSET CITY 🗣@KevinCroom_MMA, welcome to the Octagon!
— UFC (@ufc) September 12, 2020
Croom on a long-awaited UFC debut
“I’ve waited my whole life for this. I’ve worked my whole life. There was a long time I didn’t know I’d ever get here, and here we are on top of the world!. Thirteen years – this has been my entire life. I’ve given up everything I’ve ever had – not that I ever had a lot. But I’ve given everything to get here, and boy, I did it like that.”
Croom on what he wants next
“I live my life for the better story. It couldn’t be a better story than this, so holla at ya boy. I’m trying to fight next week – let’s go. I can make weight tonight. I make ’45, ’55 – I make ’35 in a few weeks. But yes, I can make weight tonight, so let’s go. Pure excitement, pure entertainment, in or out of the ring. It doesn’t matter. I’m coming. I’m an entertainer and that’s what I do.”
To hear more from Croom, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.