Alexandr Romanov
King Kong

Moldova

Wins baffling split decision
HeavyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Fight booked against Espino
HeavyweightUFC
April 2, 2021
Romanov is set to fight Juan Espino at UFC Vegas 25 on April 17th, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
First forearm choke in UFC history
HeavyweightUFC
November 7, 2020
Romanov defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima via technical submission (forearm choke) at 4:48 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 40 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Romanov ate a couple leg kicks early and had enough of that, quickly charging forward and securing a double-leg takedown with ease. Rogerio de Lima got back to his feet and landed a few solid shots again, so Romanov basically decided he not longer wanted to distance strike. He initiated a clinch against the cage and eventually secured his second takedown of the round, passing to side control and starting to tally the ground-and-pound. After softening up his opponent, he saw an opening to lean his forearm into the neck of Rogerio de Lima, and the sheer weight caused him to go unconscious. Herb Dean noticed and stepped in to call of the action, and the undefeated Romanov moved to 2-0 in the UFC. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for the unique submission. Romanov has a bit of work to do on the feet, but his sheer strength in the grappling department will take him a long way. After the fight he called out Marcin Tybura, who was originally scheduled to be the opponent for his UFC debut.
In line for November fight
HeavyweightUFC
October 1, 2020
Romanov's previously-scheduled heavyweight matchup against Marcos Rogerio de Lima has been re-booked for the event scheduled for Nov. 7, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Romanov had countless matchups scheduled and cancelled prior to his official debut back on Sept. 12, when he submitted Roque Martinez in the second round. He'll now get to fulfill a previous commitment against Rogerio de Lima, a fighter who has alternated wins and losses in his last nine fights, split between heavyweight and light heavyweight. Both men measure up similarly, but Romanov's status as an undefeated prospect should be enough to make him enter as the betting favorite.
Standout effort in UFC debut
HeavyweightUFC
September 12, 2020
Romanov defeated Roque Martinez via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:22 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Well, that was terrifying. Finally able to make his UFC debut after numerous cancellations and his own bout with COVID-19, Romanov showed what all the hype was about. The undefeated, (-405) favorite blew the doors off a completely overmatched Martinez, dominating Round 1 to the tune of a certain 10-8 score before finally choking his opponent out late in Round 2. We'll have to see how Romanov looks against better competition, but the 29-year-old is firmly on the map as a fighter to watch in a suddenly-thin heavyweight division.
Set to face Martinez on Sept. 12
HeavyweightUFC
September 9, 2020
Romanov will face Roque Martinez in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Romanov's fight previously scheduled for Sept. 5 was called off due to his opponent, Marcos Rogerio de Lima, testing positive for COVID-19. However, Romanov will get another chance to make his initial UFC debut a week later, as the 29-year-old is set to fight counterpart Roque Martinez on Saturday.