Alexandr Romanov on why people shouldn’t be surprised at his dominant UFC debut

LAS VEGAS – Alexandr Romanov beat Roque Martinez with a second-round submission Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 35 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Romanov, who stayed unbeaten in his pro career, has all his wins by stoppage.

Roque Martinez vs. Alexandr Romanov

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Alexandr Romanov of Moldova attempts to secure an arm bar submission against Roque Martinez of Guam in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Result: Alexandr Romanov def. Roque Martinez via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:22
Updated records: Romanov (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Martinez (15-6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stat: Romanov landed four takedowns and outstruck Martinez 60-29.

Romanov on the fight’s key moment

“I have 20 years of freestyle wrestling and grappling, and like you saw, it was too easy to get him down.”

Romanov on his fans and support system

“Now I’ll celebrate with my team here in Vegas, but after this, I’ll go home and celebrate with my family because it’s been a long time since I’ve been home. I haven’t seen my children and I want to stay at least a week or two with them. I want to send a message to my family, my friends, my team and my fans: Thank you very much for your time, for what you give me, and I’m very happy to get to do what I do.”

Romanov on what he wants next

“I want to say to everyone in the heavyweight (division) that I’m here. I want to go for everyone. I feel very good, I’m fit and ready for my next fight. It doesn’t matter if it’s tomorrow or next Saturday – I’m ready. This wasn’t my first fight – it was my debut just in the UFC. I’m a very experienced fighter and I feel very well.”

To hear more from Romanov, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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