Alexandr Romanov

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To fight next in February
December 28, 2021
Romanov (finger) will take on Ilir Latifi in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Feb. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Romanov impressed UFC brass with a dominant victory over Jared Vanderaa in October in which he recorded 56 significant strikes and five takedowns before getting the second-round stoppage. He's now 4-0 in the UFC with three finishes, and 15-0 overall as a professional. Romanov should enter as the favorite against Latifi, a former light heavyweight who doesn't offer much in the striking department. Latifi will look to get this fight to the mat, but he may have a difficult time doing so considering Romanov will sport a big size advantage. Romanov is also comfortable here, averaging 1.3 submission attempts per 15 minutes of fight time.
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Could be out for six months
October 12, 2021
Romanov is facing a six-month medical suspension, reports.
Romanov was dominant last Saturday in his win over Jared Vanderaa. He will still need his left middle finger cleared by a doctor if he wants to fight again before April.
Blows past Jared Vanderaa
October 9, 2021
Romanov defeated Jared Vanderaa via TKO (punches) at 4:43 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Romanov entered as a -510 favorite, largest on the card. In hindsight, that number was far too low. Frustrated with his performance in a split decision win over Juan Espino this past April, Romanov took it out on Vanderaa. The 30-year-old Moldovan landed 78-of-103 total strikes, 5-of-7 takedowns, and racked up 6:31 worth of control time in a fight which lasted less than ten minutes. It's fair to wonder how Romanov will look when he starts going up against better competition, but the heavyweight division needs all the talent it can find, and Romanov certainly qualifies.
Next matchup set
August 25, 2021
Romanov will next face Jared Vanderaa in a heavyweight matchup scheduled for Oct. 9, Alex Behunin of Cageside Press reports.
Romanov has started his time with the UFC on an impressive 3-0 run, picking up victories over Juan Espino, Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Roque Martinez. The company will still play it safe with the heavyweight prospect, feeding him an opponent in Vanderaa with just one UFC victory. Look for Romanov to use his wrestling to neutralize the high-volume striking of Vanderaa, similar to the game plan Serghei Spivac used when he took down Vanderaa three times.
Wins baffling split decision
April 17, 2021
Romanov defeated Juan Espino via technical split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Just when you think you've seen everything in this sport, this happens. Romanov and Espino were engaged in a highly competitive fight for 11 minutes before Espino caught Romanov with an illegal groin strike. The foul didn't appear to be overly severe, but Romanov said he couldn't straighten his leg afterwards and could not continue. By rule, because the fight was in the third round, the judges scored the first minute of the frame. It appeared for all the world that Espino should have won 29-28 since he was the better man in Round 1 and dominated the minute in which Round 3 lasted, but Romanov got the call. We'll see if the UFC tries to match these two up again. There was very little separating the two heavyweights.
Fight booked against Espino
April 2, 2021
Romanov is set to fight Juan Espino at UFC Vegas 25 on April 17th, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Romanov is coming off a victory over Marcos Rogerio de Lima via technical submission in Round 1 of UFC on ESPN+ 40 in November. His opponent, Espino, is coming off a win himself over Jeff Hughes at UFC 253. Romanov will put his undefeated (13-0) record on the line when the two fighters step into the ring together.