Uppercut is a heavyweight robot which competed in the fourth and fifth seasons of the BattleBots reboot on Discovery and Science. It is a two-wheel, red, black, silver, and gold robot armed with an asymmetric vertical spinning bar that could reach up to 200 mph, with one end being shaped like a fist while the other is curved to counterbalance it. The team also had a minibot called Helping Hands, with was a wedge with hands designed on it to try to get others stuck and/or feed them into Uppercut's weapon. Despite a loss in a rumble and to the champ later on, Uppercut did well in its rookie season, not going to the judges in any of its six fights, and making the Top 16.
For Season 5, Uppercut was largely the same, except being primarily black with little red here and there, as well as having front curved parts on its weapon mount to prevent getting stuck again, and being internally different a bit. Like last season, Uppercut did very well in Season 5, KOing Gemini, SawBlaze, and HiJinx in quick and spectacular fashions but was shockingly defeated by Ribbot in the Round of 16.
Discovery Season 4
Uppercut vs. Jasper vs. TantrumUppercut's first fight was an untelevised rumble against fellow newcomer Jasper and the rebuilt veteran, Tantrum. Uppercut got its weapon up to speed, but didn't really attack until Jasper was fighting Tantrum. Uppercut then delivered a big hit to the back of Tantrum. While this hit didn't hurt Uppercut's mobility, it cost Uppercut its weapon due to one of the posts above to prevent it from getting stuck being bent. Uppercut played little part thereafter and eventually took hits to its underside from Tantrum and stopped moving. Jasper hadn't moved since it initially got stuck on Tantrum, so both were counted out, giving Tantrum the win by KO.
Uppercut vs. Mammoth
Uppercut's next match was against another fellow newcomer, Mammoth. Before the match, Uppercut had its wedge removed to run inverted and its minibot Helping Hands to help out. When the match began, Uppercut was causing problems for Mammoth, though mostly to Mammoth's forks, ripping one off and flipping Mammoth over. Mammoth self-righted so Uppercut moved in again, after righting correcting itself, this time toppling Mammoth over and ripping a wheel and motor off. This time, Mammoth wasn't righting itself so Uppercut went in for another attack, almost putting Mammoth back over but also rupturing Mammoth's fuel tank. Mammoth was now on fire and being counted out, giving Uppercut the win by KO.
Uppercut vs. Breaker Box
Uppercut next fought against veteran Jim Smentowski and his robot from the 2009 event, Breaker Box. Uppercut went into the match relatively unchanged. As the match began, Uppercut was dishing out some damage to Breaker Box's lifting plow, peeling up a small section, but not causing any major damage. Uppercut soon had trouble as they were shoved around the arena due to their robot's own tendency to tip over. Uppercut found itself turned on its side on multiple occasions, but simply came back down each time with little to no trouble. Uppercut also ended up upside down a few times, but was able to run inverted and came back at Breaker Box in no time. Smoke soon began to erupt out of Breaker Box and soon Breaker Box stopped moving, with Uppercut giving a final hit that dented Breaker Box's rear panel and giving Uppercut the win by KO.
Uppercut vs. Skorpios
Uppercut was next placed against veteran Skorpios. In response, Uppercut opted for a different weapon bar and support. As the match got underway, Uppercut was quickly taking control, dealing three shots in the opening second one to each of Skorpios' tires, while the second exchange to the back cost Uppercut one of its side bars. Uppercut momentarily got stuck in the killsaws slot, which gave Skorpios an opening to lightly puncture the right tire, but Uppercut managed to get away without any further damage. Uppercut managed to get back up to speed and deliver a side on shot, throwing Skorpios back a bit. Uppercut delivered another shot, this time throwing Skorpios onto his head, before the boxing robot turned away to get back up to speed, but it was stopped early. After a bit of driving, both met back up for weapon to weapon shots, which Uppercut got the better exchange, before throwing Skorpios back again. Uppercut got two more shots in, one to the wedge and a final to the saw, before Skorpios started emitting smoke that turned into a fire and stopped moving. Skorpios was counted out, giving Uppercut the win by KO.
Uppercut vs. Railgun MAX vs. Bloodsport
Since Uppercut's record was tied with Railgun MAX and Bloodsport, the three of them were picked to fight in a rumble to decide which of them earned a spot in the Top 16. As the rumble got underway, Uppercut hung back while Railgun MAX and Bloodsport traded blows. Uppercut eventually got into the melee once Bloodsport was thrown out of the arena by Railgun MAX. Uppercut started to take control by attacking Railgun MAX's exposed wheel and had little to face in return as Railgun MAX had lost the use of its weapon from the exchanges with the horizontal bar spinner. Uppercut continued to attack until Railgun MAX stopped moving and was counted out, giving Uppercut the win by KO and a spot in the Top 16.
Uppercut vs. Bite Force
Uppercut went into the Top 16 as the 16th seed, with a match against the current champion Bite Force and opted for its front wedgelets. When the fight began, Uppercut remained in its square, getting its bar up to speed while Bite Force came over to it. The first shot threw both bots around, with Uppercut nearly getting stuck on the screws. After getting a bit of distance once again, the second hit left Uppercut in a much worse position. Uppercut was flipped twice in the air before landing one the wall, but directly on its weapon support, leaving its wheels fully off the ground. Due to the significant damage Uppercut had caused to Bite Force's weapon system and chassis in those two hits, they were left alone instead of being freed. Uppercut was unable to move and was counted out, giving Bite Force the win by a quick KO and a spot in the quarterfinals.
Discovery Season 5
Uppercut vs. Gemini
Uppercut's first match was against Gemini. At the start, Uppercut hit Hydroxyl from the back so hard, it flung the robot from halfway across the arena and clean out of the arena. Shortly after, Uppercut hit Fred, taking off its right wheel and motor, leaving it on its back and immobile. Gemini was no longer able to continue the fight and was counted out, giving Uppercut the win by a very quick KO at only 25 seconds.
Uppercut vs. SawBlazeUppercut's second match was against SawBlaze as the Main Event of the matchup card. As the match began, Uppercut charged and landed an extremely powerful blow to SawBlaze's left tire, which sent SawBlaze flying halfway across the BattleBox and landing on top of the screws. Just as SawBlaze managed to get down from the arena barrier, Uppercut rammed into SawBlaze and burst it's flamethrower's fuel line, creating a massive explosion. Uppercut continued to dominate the match, ripping a chunk of Sawblaze's armor off and jolting it's left drive chain off. Uppercut delivered a final shot to Sawblaze which immobilized it, giving Uppercut the win by KO.
Uppercut vs. HydraFresh off an explosive Main Event win over SawBlaze, Uppercut was now facing the robot from Team Whyachi, Hydra. In response, Uppercut was armed with a longer bar meant for cutting instead of its fist-shaped bar. They also added a minibot designed to look like the BattleBox, complete with a HEXBUG Tombstone and Witch Doctor inside but these toys were removed before the fight. Uppercut was not doing well at all as they were quickly tossed into the air by Hydra. Uppercut recovered but had lost their minibot completely and were unable to mount a counterattack before being tossed again. After a 3rd hit, Uppercut was taken to the screws, where its bar tore off a piece of the hazard before being pushed onto the one next to the one it damaged. Luckily, the screw was able to reverse and Uppercut escaped but took another flip that cost it one of the two spikes intended for inverted driving. Uppercut spent most of the last 10 seconds on its side before time ran out. The judges awarded Hydra a unanimous 3-0 decision.
Uppercut vs. HijinxUppercut made it into the Top 32 seeded the No. 4 seed and came up against the No. 29 seed HiJinx. With the match underway, Uppercut charged at HiJinx and nearly hit its left tire. Uppercut continued to push against HiJinx's long stabilizer which kept both Bots' weapons from making contact. Now near the Screws, Uppercut went weapon-to-weapon with its opponent, sending Hijinx out of the arena and sending itself spiralling out of control around the Battlebox. With no way back into the fight, HiJinx was counted out, giving Uppercut the win by another very quick KO at only 33 seconds.
Uppercut vs. Ribbot
Having made it into the Top 16 again, Uppercut's next opponent is fellow Massachusetts bot and the No. 20 seed Ribbot. Ribbot chose to use their horizontal spinner, and in the beginning were clearly losing the fight, with their top and front wheels being torn off. Even without its front wheels, they still pushed Uppercut into the walls and using themselves as dead-weight, caused uppercut to burn out its drive motors. Ribbot then pushed Uppercut towards the pulverized, and landed a huge hit on Uppercut, immobilizing them and flipping Ribbot upside down. They drove away while Uppercut was counted out. giving Ribbot the upset win by KO. eliminating Uppercut from the tournament.
- Wins: 7
- Losses: 4
|Discovery Season 4||
Mammoth (Undercard Match)
Breaker Box (Undercard Match)
Skorpios (Undercard Match)
|Tantrum (Untelevised Undercard Rumble)|
|Discovery Season 5||Gemini (Undercard Match)
SawBlaze (Main Event/Undercard Match)
|Hydra (Undercard Match)|
Faruq Tauheed Introductions
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"From Cambridge, Massachusetts, it's the fist of robotic fury, UPPERCUT!"
- Much like Rotator from the third season, Uppercut was the only seeded robot that didn't have every fight televised in Season 4.
- Uppercut is currently the only robot to have knocked out Gemini.
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