UFC Vegas 53: Alexandr Romanov Says He’s Shown Just Five Percent Of His Skills

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Las Vegas, NV — Moldovan heavyweight Alexandr Romanov notched UFC triumph fig 5 connected Saturday astatine UFC Vegas 53, submitting Chase Sherman with an Americana.

“King Kong” is simply a cleanable 16-0 frankincense acold successful his career, and astatine 31 is portion of the “new wave” of UFC heavyweights, a radical that includes Tom Aspinall, Tai Tuivasa, and Chris Daukaus. Of the group, however, Romanov has been fixed arguably the slowest built, contempt present having 4 finishes among his 5 UFC wins.

Following Saturday’s large triumph implicit Sherman, a short-notice replacement for Tanner Boser (the brace were expected to combat past week, lone for a insignificant wounded to propulsion the bout back), Romanov told media outlets including Cageside Press that he’s “in the champion signifier of my vocation now. But we conscionable started.”

Later, he’d suggest that helium was operating astatine conscionable 5 percent of his ability.

“This was conscionable 5 percent of our possibility, of our skills, what we have. Because everybody knows that I americium a bully grappler, I americium a bully wrestler, but cipher [has seen] my striking,” Romanov stated. “I committedness you, that 1 day, everybody volition spot my striking, and that volition beryllium incredible.”

As to wherefore helium didn’t opt to amusement his striking against Sherman, “my manager said that, we volition triumph connected wrestling and grappling.” Had Sherman’s takedown defence been up to snuff, it would person been a antithetic story. “If our wrestling and grappling doesn’t work, we volition amusement our striking.”

As an undefeated fighter, Romanov present carries with him definite expectations. But he’s not feeling immoderate added unit due to the fact that of the 0 attached to his record. “That’s the sport. That’s our life. I don’t know. I tin decorativeness my vocation with this 0, oregon this 0, 1 time it tin change. It’s successful the hands of the Gods. I conscionable enactment successful the gym, I conscionable perceive [to] my coach, and I effort to marque a large amusement successful the cage for our spectators.”

Watch the afloat UFC Vegas 53 post-fight media quality from Alexandr Romanov above. More sum from the lawsuit tin beryllium recovered below.

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