Jared Vanderaa
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Earns first UFC win as underdog
May 22, 2021
Vanderaa defeated Justin Tafa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was Vanderaa's first UFC victory, and it came in an excellent effort as a +170 underdog. Although he was a bloody mess when all was said and done, Vanderaa simply outworked Tafa in what was a 15-minute kickboxing match. He attempted 269 total strikes compared to 147 from his opponent, while landing 141 compared to Tafa's 74. It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. Vanderaa turned 29 years of age earlier this month and has absolutely no history of fighting, let alone defeating, quality competition. You have to start somewhere, however, and the California native was strong in this one. The back-and-forth affair was later selected for Fight of the Night honors, so Vanderaa will go home with an extra $50,000 in his pocket.
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Matching up with Tafa in May
March 12, 2021
Vanderaa (nose) will fight Justin Tafa (thumb) in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event May 22, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
Vanderaa made his UFC debut in February and lost via TKO to Sergey Spivak, but he'll look to grab his first win with the promotion in May. Tafa is coming off a split-decision loss to Carlos Felipe in January and is 1-2 since joining the UFC in 2019.
Sidelined with nasal fracture
February 23, 2021
The UFC handed Vanderaa a six-month medical suspension after he sustained a fractured nasal bone in his second-round TKO loss to Sergey Spivak at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Vanderaa will be barred from returning to the Octagon for 180 days, unless he receives full medical clearance from a doctor. The loss to Spivak dropped Vanderaa's career MMA record to 11-5-0.
Suffers stoppage loss in UFC debut
February 20, 2021
Vanderaa lost to Sergey Spivak via TKO in Round 2 (4:32) at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
Vanderaa struggled mightily to defend Spivak's grappling, as Spivak gained 8:32 of control time while landing three takedowns on three attempts. Once on the ground, Vanderaa could not stop Spivak from advancing into a dominant position, which led to a ground-and-pound stoppage from Spivak.
Facing Spivak on Feb. 20
January 4, 2021
Vanderaa (illness) and Sergey Spivak agreed Monday to rebook their heavyweight fight for the UFC's Feb. 20 event, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
The two fighters were slated to square off at UFC 256 in December, but the bout was cancelled due to Vanderaa's positive COVID-19 test. Vanderaa has apparently recovered from the virus without issue, so both fighters will finally get the chance to meet one another in the Octagon just over two months later.
Tests positive for COVID-19
December 10, 2020
Vanderaa won't fight Sergey Spivak at UFC 256 on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Vanderaa was slated to make his UFC debut Saturday, but his first fight will be put on hold following his positive COVID-19 test. It's unclear when he'll be able to return to action, and it's not yet known whether the promotion will find a replacement to fight Spivak on such short notice.