“King Kong” will meet “The Mountain” in October as two big heavyweights will throw down.
Multiple sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, have confirmed to Cageside Press that Alexander Romanov will fight Jared Vanderaa on October 9 at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event.
Romanov (14-0) keep his undefeated record intact in April after his fight with Juan Espino was halted due to a low blow. In the third round of their right, the Moldovan was accidentally hit below the belt and was unable to continue, which meant that the fight had to go to the judge’s scorecards. Romanov won a technical split decision.
Romanov burst onto the UFC scene in 2020 by submitting both of his opponents.
Vanderaa (12-5) bounced back after losing his UFC debut to Sergey Spivak in February. “The Mountain” fought Justin Tafa in May in an absolute bloody slugfest in which they were rewarded Fight of the Night. He would win a unanimous decision. Vanderaa won a UFC contract last season by finishing Harry Hunsucker.
No location, venue, or broadcast plan has been announced for the October 9 event.
The October 9 fight card now includes the following reported bouts:
- Alexander Romanov vs. Jared Vanderaa
- Chris Gutierrez vs. Felipe Colares
- Lupita Godinez vs. Sam Hughes
- Laureano Staropoli vs. Jamie Pickett