Heavyweight fighter Jared Vanderaa has finally been released by the UFC after losing five fights in a row.
Many had anticipated that the 30-year-old would have been let go sooner than this due to the fact that he’d only mustered one win during his time in the promotion, but he kept defying expectations by being given more fights.
A Contender Series recruit who’d also fought for the likes of LFC And EFC, Vanderaa joined the UFC in 2021 with an 11-4 record.
His Octagon debut saw him TKO’d by Sergey Spivak, but he did pick up his only UFC victory next time out with a unanimous decision nod over Justin Tafa. It was a short-lived moment of success though as he was TKO’d by Alexander Romanov next time out to end his 2021 campaign.
Vanderaa was very active this year, competing four times, but each time he came away empty-handed against the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Aleksei Oleinik, Chase Sherman and most recently Waldo Cortes-Acosta.
“As the year concludes and another one starts, going to state this has kinda been a bad year for me,” Vanderaa said on social media after his release. “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.”