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Exclusive – Alexandr Romanov Unfazed By Pressure Of Undefeated Record, Hopes To Score Bout With Marcin Tybura

Undefeated heavyweight finisher, Alexandr ‘King Kong’ Romanov maintains that he feels no pressure despite boasting an eye-catching 14-0 professional record, particularly in terms of eventually dropping his first loss. And has sights set on a rescheduled outing with upcoming feature, the #9 ranked, Marcin Tybura.

Romanov, a former EFC heavyweight champion, has claimed victory in his first three Octagon walks, and makes his fourth trip under the promotion’s banner this weekend at UFC Vegas 39 in a preliminary matchup with Jared Vanderaa.

The Moldovan has managed to lodge a pair of dominant, rather one-sided arm-triangle and forearm choke victories over both Raphael Pessoa and Marcos Rogerio de Lima, before featuring against the highly-touted, Ultimate Fighter 28 victor, Juan Espino, where he won a technical split decision after a knee strike to the groin rendered him unable to continue.

Romanov was slated to match with the surging #9 ranked, Tybura in just his second Octagon appearance back in July of last year on the UFC 251 card in Abu Dhabi, UAE — until a positive COVID-19 test result prevented him from competing.

For former M-1 Global heavyweight champion, Tybura he defeated then-promotional debutante, Maxim Grishin in the place of Romanov, and is currently scheduled to tackle the #5 rated, Alexander Volkov in a main card slot on October 30. at UFC 267.

Removed from the pairing following his positive novel coronavirus test result, Romanov, who will likely crack the heavyweight top-15 with a victory over Venderaa this weekend, still wants to share the Octagon with Tybura.

“I did ask the UFC to rescheduled the (Marcin) Tybura fight and made this statement publically many times,” Romanov told Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall. “Unfortunately, I haven’t got any response. I hope soon I will be able to meet Marcin in the Octagon and finish what once was started.”

Attempting to lodge his staggering, fifteenth consecutive victory this weekend, the former Eagles FC gold holder does not appear to be fazed by any pressure that comes with boasting such an impressive record for his weight division.

“There is no pressure, I work very hard and prepare myself with lots of seriousness for all my fights,” Romanov said. “Of course, I would like to keep my loss record to zero and I hope that all the hard work, and with the help of God, it will be zero for a long time.”

With a victory, particularly another of the statement-making variety against Venderaa at UFC Vegas 39, Romanov will likely find himself ranked next week. And with the competition surrounding him in the rankings, the Comrat native is offered further motivation to prevail.

“There are many good guys in this division,” Romanov explained. “Lots of good competition. This makes me work harder and be ready for any fighter no matter what rank in the division he is.”

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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