Roque Martinez vs. Alexander Romanov booked as late addition to UFC on ESPN+ 35

A heavyweight matchup is a late addition to the UFC on ESPN+ 35 lineup.

Former RIZIN fighter Roque Martinez has signed with the UFC and will take on Romania’s Alexander Romanov at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday.

A person with knowledge of the situation recently confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

Romanov (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was supposed to compete last Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 34. However, hours before the event’s scheduled start time, Romanov’s fight was pulled from the lineup as a result of his opponent Marcos Rogerio de Lima testing positive for COVID-19.

The cancellation was the third in as many bookings Romanov has faced since signing with the promotion in early 2019.

As for the 34-year-old Martinez (15-5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the Guam-born big man has won three of his most recent four outings. In his five RIZIN outings, Martinez won three fights – only losing to Mirko Crop Cop and Jake Heun.

With the addition, the UFC on ESPN+ 35 lineup includes:

Angela Hill vs. Michelle Waterson

  • Ottman Azaitar vs. Khama Worthy
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs. Andrea Lee
  • Ed Herman vs. Mike Rodriguez
  • Kyle Nelson vs. Billy Quarantillo
  • Tyson Nam vs. Matt Schnell
  • Julia Avila vs. Sijara Eubanks
  • Matt Frevola vs. Roosevelt Roberts
  • Bobby Green vs. Alan Patrick
  • Frank Camacho vs. Brok Weaver
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Anthony Ivy
  • Justine Kish vs. Sabina Mazo
  • Roque Martinez vs. Alexander Romanov

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