Alexander Romanov Not Ranked Despite Going 4-0 in UFC Heavyweight Division
It would be derogatory to say that the UFC has some questionable ratings. You would expect ratings to be questionable as they are subjective. However, in this column, I will point out the scores that I think are glaring errors. I will also analyze the significant movement in the ratings with which I agree.
Editorial comment by Peter Parsons
Alexander Robanov (15-0) defeated Jared Vanderaa last Saturday in the second round of TKO. “King Kong” is now 4-0 in the UFC with three finishes.
Alexander Romanov stood out in the heavyweights
Alexander Romanov joins Chris Daucaus and Tom Aspinal as the current 4-0 UFC heavyweight division kicks off in the Octagon. Romanov has not faced enough of the level of competition as Daukaus with No. 7 or Aspinal with No. 11. However, he has faced strong competition on his own and has done more than enough to justify the UFC rankings.
Romanov made his UFC debut in September 2020, defeating his UFC team-mate Roque Martinez by a triangle arm chuck.
The heavyweight Moldovan returned last November and defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima in the first round of the forearm. The Brazilian de Lima has been playing in the UFC since 2014 and was 6-4 in the Octagon. Since his defeat to Romanov, De Lima has beaten former heavyweight Maurice Greene.
Romanov’s biggest win to date came in April against TUF 28 heavyweight winner Juan Espino. Both fighters were 2-0 in the UFC with two submission victories. In a close and forward battle, Romanov won by a technical split decision when he could not continue after a low blow early in the third round.
The 30-year-old Romanov scored his third finish in four games when he defeated Jared Vanderaa in a second round TKO last Saturday. After losing his UFC debut to 14th Sergei Spivac, Vanderaa won a unanimous decision over Justin Tafa last May in a night’s match.
I believe that the classification of Daukaus and Aspinall is justified. In fact, I would argue that Aspinall should have a higher ranking. Daukaus and Aspinall both entered the standings after 3-0. At that point, Aspinall’s remarkable victory was against Andre Arlovski and Daukaus’s most remarkable victory was against Aleksei Oleinik. I think Romanov’s biography is at the same level as that of Aspinall and Daukaus, after their first three games. Aspinal recently defeated Sergei Spivac and Daukaus defeated Samil Abdurahimov. It should also be noted that the undefeated Romanov has the best resume outside the UFC.
I think the Apinall and Daukaus comparisons are remarkable. However, my main point of contention is, how can Romanov be ranked behind Sergei Pavlovich No. 15?
For regular readers of this column, I hope you do not get bored reading about Pavlovich’s ranking. Pavlovic is now ashamed for two weeks not to have fought in two years. Nearly half a year after Pavlovic was inactive, Romanov won all four UFC matches dating back to September 2020.
Even if we take inertia out of the equation and just look at Pavlovich’s UFC record, it is not as good as Romanov’s. Pavlovic made a difficult UFC debut, losing to Alistair Overim. In his second appearance in the Octagon, Pavlovic defeated Marcelo Golm, who was then 1-2 in the UFC. Golm was cut off from the UFC after that defeat.
In his last UFC match in October 2019, Pavlovich defeated then-No. 13 Maurice Greene. The victory put Pavlovic in the standings, and he has been there ever since. After Pavlovic’s fight, Green lost three of his last four and has since been eliminated from the UFC. It is worth noting that Greene lost to two of Romanov’s previous opponents. He lost to Juan Espino during TUF 28 and lost his last UFC match to Marcos Rogerio de Lima.
Pavlovich’s two victories in the UFC came against fighters who are no longer in the UFC. This shows that a lot can happen in two years. While Pavlovic has not played, we see fighters like Daukaus, Aspinal and Romanov go 4-0 and Tai Tuivasa wins three in a row in the UFC heavyweight division.
There was a slight ranking change in the UFC heavyweight division last week, with which I agreed. Romanov’s Moldovan compatriot Sergei Spivac changed positions with Sergei Pavlovic from No. 15 to No. 14.
Sergei Pavlovich will have the opportunity to consolidate his ranking in December, when he fights with the top Canadian heavyweight Tanner Boser.
As for Romanov, he deserves a rated opponent in his next match. Before that, however, I believe voters should do the right thing by removing Pavlovic from the rankings and replacing him with Romanov.
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Upcoming notable UFC heavyweight bouts
October 16 – Andrei Arlowski vs. Carlos Felipe
October 30 – (5) Alexander Volkov vs. (9) Marcin Tybura
November 13 – Ben Rothwell vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
November 20 – Tai Tuivasa vs. (10) Augusto Sakai
December 4 – Tanner Boser v. (15) Sergei Pavlovich
December 18 – (3) Derrick Lewis vs. (7) Chris Daukaus
January 22 – Greg Hardy vs. Aleksei Oleinik
January 22 – (IC) Cyril Gane vs. (C) Francis Ngannou
My ranking would be different from any other writer or fan who watches the sport closely. This is to be expected, as the scores are subjective. Rankings should be based primarily on results and not on perceived potential or popularity.
Some people think that ratings do not matter. Scores matter. They matter when it comes to marriage. They are important when it comes to contract negotiation.
Let’s continue the discussion on ranking. Do you agree or disagree with the above ranking critique? Express your thoughts in the comments below.