Alexandr Romanov lived up to his betting favorite status, which just so happened to be the biggest in UFC history — at UFC Vegas 53.
Romanov took on the returning Chase Sherman in the featured preliminary bout of Saturday’s card at the UFC APEX. Closing as a -2200 favorite, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, Romanov quickly and emphatically took Sherman down before delivering an incredible belly-to-back suplex. “King Kong” eventually got to full mount and started landing vicious ground and pound before securing a mounted Americana to get the tap at 2:11 of the opening round.
Check out the video of Romanov’s submission finish below:
Romanov improves to 16-0 after locking up the submission victory #UFCVegas53 pic.twitter.com/s9toemnoZ2— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2022
Romanov improved to 16-0 with the victory, and 5-0 inside the UFC’s octagon. The 31-year-old is considered by many to be a future title contender in the heavyweight division, and took the opportunity to call out Augusto Sakai for a summer showdown following the victory.
Sherman, who signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC to take the bout on short notice, has now lost four straight.