Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 24 — Alexander Romanov vs. Juan Espino

Alexander Romanov and Juan Espino, UFC Vegas 24
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 16: (L-R) Opponents Alexandr Romanov of Moldova and Juan Espino of Spain face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on April 16, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Every fighter has their go-to moves, especially specialists within certain martial arts disciplines. Their own signature styles can lead to spectacular finishes. Whether it’s a scary-good rear-naked choke that fighters just can’t seem to avoid once going to the ground or crazy power in a straight left hand that has dropped even granite-chinned fighters with ease, each fighter has a particular finishing move or sequence. Moves that have stuck in fan’s minds and come to define and describe their careers within the cage.

For UFC Vegas 24 we will take a look at some fighters with only a few (5 or less) fights in the UFC, rather than those fighters that are long-time UFC veterans with a bunch of finishes with the promotion.

Alexander “King Kong” Romanov (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 13

Via KO/TKO: 4

Via Submission: 9

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 2

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 2

(Roque Martinez and Marcos Rogerio de Lima)

Alexander Romanov has burst on to the scene in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Romanov is undefeated and also boasts an 100% win finishing rate. Romanov has 10 of his 13 finishes coming in the very first round.

Alexander always looks to get the fight to the ground as not only does he have a good arsenal of submission threats, but the ability to get to and hold an advantageous position while grappling. Maintaining an adventagoeous postion on the ground often results in setting up a ground n’ pound finish for Romanov (or a submission).

Romanov’s last fight was a first round submission victory over Marcos Rogerio de Lima last November via a forearm choke in the very first round. It was the first forearm choke submission to be executed in modern UFC history!

Alexander Romanov will be taking on Juan Espino (who is also featured on this week’s Finishing the Fight) at UFC Vegas 24 in a fight that is almost guaranteed not to go the distance.


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