Heavyweights Juan Espino, Alexander Romanov to Meet at UFC on ESPN 22

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 4, 2021

A heavyweight showdown pitting Juan Espino against Alexander Romanov is slated for UFC on ESPN 22.

Both fighters announced the booking via social media, and it was also confirmed by MMAFighting.com. UFC on ESPN 22 takes place on April 17 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a middleweight tilt between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.

The winner of Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Espino returned to action for the first time in nearly two years at UFC 253, where he tapped out Jeff Hughes with a scarf hold in the opening stanza. The 40-year-old Spaniard has been victorious in 10 of his 11 professional appearances, with seven triumphs coming by way of submission.

Romanov, meanwhile, has been victorious in his first 13 professional outings, including submissions of Roque Martinez and Marcos Rogerio de Lima under the UFC banner. The former Eagles Fighting Championship competitor has finished all of his triumphs inside the distance.

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