Jared Vanderaa

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Steps in to face Murzakanov
November 29, 2021
Vanderaa will step in on short notice to face Azamat Murzakanov in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Vegas 44 on Saturday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Like his opponent, Vanderaa earned his UFC opportunity with a big knockout on Dana White's Contender Series. While Murzakanov is making his official UFC debut, Vanderaa has already started his time with the company by posting a 1-2 record, most recently falling to a top prospect in Alexandr Romanov last October. Vanderaa will have six-inch height and nine-inch reach advantages over an opponent who had been preparing for a fight at 205 pounds, but he still finds himself as roughly a (+190) betting underdog early in fight week.
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Overwhelmed by Alexandr Romanov
October 9, 2021
Vanderaa lost to Alexandr Romanov via TKO (punches) at 4:43 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Vanderaa pulled an upset over Justin Tafa as an underdog this past May to earn his first UFC victory, but going up against Romanov is an entirely different proposition. He entered this fight as a +375 underdog, the biggest on the card. The Vegas oddsmakers got this one correct, as Vanderaa was overwhelmed from the very start. Romanov is one of the brightest prospects in the entire heavyweight division, so Vanderaa can sleep easy knowing there are countless other guys on the UFC roster that would fare no better than he did. Now 29 years of age, Vanderaa projects as your typical one-dimensional knockout artist moving forward. Those type of guys tend to have short shelf lives.
Draws Romanov in October
August 25, 2021
Vanderaa will next face Alexandr Romanov in a heavyweight matchup scheduled for Oct. 9, Alex Behunin of Cageside Press reports.
Vanderaa got back in the win column with last May against Justin Tafa in a performance that earned the duo Fight of the Night honors. While Vanderaa is a high-volume striker (5.59 significant strikes landed per minute), his focus here will be to keep the fight off the mat. Romanov has been able to get takedowns against all three of his UFC opponents, while Vanderaa has yet to defend a takedown under the UFC banner. Look for Vanderaa to enter as the underdog here.
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.
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.