The first time he felt that way about an opponent, it was Russia’s Alexander Yakovlev, and that fight last November resulted in a three-round win for “The Predator,” so that’s a good omen for the San Bernardino prospect.

“I feel like those two guys were the most experienced guys who fought actual contenders and have been around in the UFC, so I definitely feel like that with Jim Miller.”

If he does leave Las Vegas with his second win in a month, that will be quite the statement for Roberts, especially with Miller being who he is. Roberts knows it, too, and he’s got plans for his future that he hopes to start making happen as soon as this weekend’s bout concludes.

“I’m coming in and I’m kicking this door down,” he said. “Whoever wants to be right in front of that door waiting for me, that’s gonna be the first person that I’m going to. When everything goes smooth this week, I’ve got some guys from 10 to15 in the top 15 to call out and I’ll fight any one of those guys. I’m ready to get to it. I feel like this is gonna be the fight that brings me out and makes me be the best me that I am.”

In other words, Roosevelt Roberts is taking a year many people want to forget and turning it into his best one yet.

“I’m definitely gonna make it a positive year,” he said of 2020. “This is gonna be my year. I’m not saying it won’t have ups and downs, but no matter what, this is gonna be the year that I keep pushing forward, no matter what.”