UFC Heavyweight Alexandr Romanov secured a dominant win over Roque Martinez on the preliminary card for UFC Fight Night. The undefeated prospect cruised his way to an arm-triangle submission victory late into the second round of their scheduled contest. Moreover, the dominant win was followed by an emphatic post-fight celebration that he enjoyed with his coach and team via ESPN MMA.
🇲🇩 Alexandr Romanov just put the heavyweight division on notice!
— UFC (@ufc) September 12, 2020
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 12, 2020
Martinez didn’t have much to offer Romanov once the fight hit the canvas and he was unable to create separation. Alexandr Romanov found opportunities to unload heavy offense into the top mount position and also threw downward double fisted strikes at one point. Not to mention, Roque Martinez came in as the more experienced fighter and fans expected a more competitive contest.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) September 12, 2020
UFC Fight Fight: Waterson vs Hill- Alexandr Romanov vs Roque Martinez
“King Kong” Romanov had an emphatic UFC debut with his performance against Roque and has put the division on notice. Additionally, he has earned finishes on all of his 12 fights thus far and has validated the hype surrounding him. His resume includes several submission wins including neck cranks, RNC chokes, and forearm choke. His versatility on the ground for a heavyweight could be a defining factor going forward.
Roque Martinez will be keen to put this disappointing performance behind him and head to the drawing board. He was heavily favored in what was his UFC debut based on the fact that he had more wins than his opponent had fights. Moreover, his stints in Rizin have showcased the potential that the Guam native possesses.
The heavyweight division is a constant turn-table of prospects and has seen a spike in impressive performances. Alexandr Romanov will be happy to begin the arduous process of entering into the mix in a talent stacked division. His sights will be set with building off his unbeaten run and calling his shot a high profile opponent.
Stipe Miocic has set the standard for the heavyweight weight class incredibly high. Even unbeaten prospects will have to rack up a significantly powered resume to enter into the conversation of contention. However, given his hunger to chase the finish, Alexandr “King Kong” Romanov could be on track to enter said discussion.
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