Jared Vanderaa announces departure from UFC following 5-fight skid


Jared Vanderaa is headed back to the regional scene following a rough run of UFC fights.

The heavyweight announces Monday that UFC has ended his five-fight losing streak. He wrote in an Instagram post, “I’m back at the regional and waiting for a string to win and then I’ll go back to where I belong .”

See Vanderaa’s complete statement below.

As the year concludes and another one starts, going to state this has kinda been a bad year for me. It was a difficult year for me. I haven’t put things in order and failed to achieve my goals. I am back at the regional, and will be waiting for a series of wins to get back where I belong. For what I know, I’m still in the pool. I’ll always be available if I need it.

Vanderaa (12-10) mentioned that he expects to still be part of the UFC’s USADA drug testing program in anticipation of a potential return to the organization. Prior to joining the UFC, Vanderaa competed for several notable promotions around the world, including the LFA, EFC Worldwide, and King of the Cage.

The 30-year-old earned a UFC contract in 2020 with a first-round TKO of Harry Hunsucker on Dana White‘s Contender Series. He made his UFC debut at a Fight Night event in February 2021, where he lost to Serghei Spivac.

Vanderaa scored his first UFC win with a unanimous decision victory over Justin Tafa the following May, but then closed out his 2021 campaign with a loss to Alexandr Romanov. He went on to compete four times in 2022, losing to Andrei Arlovski, Aleksei Oleinik, Chase Sherman, and Waldo Cortes-Acosta. He finishes his UFC run with a 1-6 record.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/12/27/23528066/jared-vanderaa-announces-departure-from-ufc-following-5-fight-skid?rand=96749