The bout was originally set for Sept. 5, but was cancelled hours before the event after “Pezao” tested positive for COVID-19.
De Lima (17-6-1) is coming off of an 88-second knockout victory over Ben Sosoli in February, boosting his UFC record to 6-4 with all but one of his octagon victories coming by stoppage. The Brazilian has bounced between wins and losses since 2015.
Romanov (12-0), who had three UFC fights cancelled in 2020 for COVID-related issues, got a quick turnaround after de Lima withdrew from the Sept. 5 card, entering the cage a week later to submit Roque Martinez with an arm-triangle choke. “King Kong” is 12-0 in MMA with 12 finishes.