Juan Espino | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
An intriguing heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s April slate.
MMA Fighting confirmed the booking with sources close to the situation, while both competitors subsequently announced the bout on social media.
Espino returned to the octagon after a nearly two-year layoff at UFC 253 in September where he picked up a first-round scarf hold submission win over Jeff Hughes. “El Guapo” is unbeaten since 2017, which includes winning season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Romanov has opened a lot of eyes since making his promotional debut in 2020. “King Kong” went 2-0 in his UFC rookie season with consecutive first-round submission wins over Roque Martinez and Marcos Rogerio de Lima.