Former UFC heavyweight fighter Jared Vanderaa confirmed his UFC release following five straight losses inside the Octagon.
Vanderaa, who was originally signed off of Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2020, went 1-6 overall inside the Octagon. After losing to Serghei Spivac in his UFC debut via TKO, he defeated Justin Tafa via decision in a “Fight of the Night” winning performance. However, that fight would turn out to be the high point of Vanderaa’s UFC career as he ended up losing his next five straight fights. He was finished by Alexandr Romanov, then lost a decision to Andrei Arlovski, was submitted by Alexei Oleinik, knocked out by Chase Sherman, and then finally lost a decision to Waldo Cortes-Acosta in what would be his last UFC fight.
Taking to his social media during this holiday season, Vanderaa confirmed that the UFC has cut him after going 1-6 inside the Octagon. Check out what “The Mountain” wrote on his Instagram below.
As the year concludes and another one starts, going to state this has kinda been a bad year for me. Just not putting things together and achieving my goals so the start of the new year I’m back to the regional and waiting to put a string of wins together and I’ll be back to where I know I belong. I’m still ,for what I understand, in the pool and I’ll be ready when I am needed.
While Vanderaa is cut, for now, this doesn’t mean that his dream of being in the UFC is completely over. It’s possible that he could go to the regional scene and reinvent himself with a few more wins and get re-signed in the future. For now, though, he will be on the outside and looking in from the UFC roster.
Do you think Jared Vanderaa will be able to win some fights on the regional scene and make it back to the UFC one day?
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