UFC Las Vegas: Prospects to Watch
This weekend, the UFC returns to action with a fight card in Las Vegas with an actual crowd on a Fight Night. While there is a major fight between Petr Yan and Merab Dvalishvili, I want to take some time to look at some of the lesser known names on the card. So today, we are going to be looking at the prospects to watch at UFC Las Vegas.
Alexandr Romanov: 16-1 Record, 9 Submissions, 6 KO/TKO’s | UFC Las Vegas
Alexandr Romanov is one of the better grapplers in the UFC heavyweight division. Romanov recently suffered his first loss to Marcin Tybura at UFC 278. But he was near perfect before that going on a 16 fight winning streak before Tybura snapped it.
Romanov takes on UFC and Bellator veteran Alexander Volkov and will undoubtedly look to get to the ground where he can lay down some ground and pound and sink in a choke after softening him up. Romanov has three forearm choke finishes in his career, one of which is in the UFC.
Vitor Petrino: 7-0 Record, 6 KO/TKO’s
If you’re looking for someone with a little more dynamite in his hands for UFC Las Vegas, Vitor Petrino is your man. With a 7-0 record, Petrino has had six of those wins by knockout. Four of them were first round finishes on top of that.
Petrino is taking on Anton Turkalj and is coming off of a big second round finish on the Contender Series to punch his ticket to the UFC. His most impressive win was against Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UAE Warriors 22 where he finished the 20-8 fighter in the second round.
Austin Lingo: 9-1 Record, 3 KO/TKO’s, 2 Submissions
Austin Lingo is an American fighter that has deep LFA experience and has found his home in the UFC. Starting his career at 7-0, Lingo made his name on the regional scene with quick first round knockouts and submissions. Of his five finishes, all of them have come in the first round. His quickest: a 13 second knockout of Aaron Web at LFA 55.
Since joining the UFC, Lingo perhaps bit off a little more than he could chew when he took on Youssef Zalal at UFC 247. He dropped that via decision. After that, he bounced back with two wins in 2021 with decisions over Jacob Kilburn and Luis Saldana.
Lingo was sidelined all of 2022 with injuries and hopes to continue where he left off against Ricardo Ramos at UFC Las Vegas.
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