ROMAN was born in Vanadzor, Armenia and started training at the age 8 in free style wrestling. He then went on to train in the art of Sambo-Judo with Baxshik Saroyan. Roman was a natural at the sport and soon became a Champion in Armenia. In 1997 he and his family moved to the United States and he started training at the Hayastan Judo Club under world renowned grapplers Gene Lebell and Gokor Chivichyan.
In 2006 Roman won 1st place in the USJI National Championship. Roman is a world Bronze medalist in Sambo, and an active MMA fighter with a 15-3 record.
Roman’s approach to fighting (and life) is grounded in his hard work ethic and relentless attacks. It is this tenacity that has propelled him to the top of his sport.
Roman is now an actor in the movie and television industry. You may have seen him on films such as Vice, The Promise, Escape Plan 2, Intent to Destroy, Furious 7, Argo, Extraction, Message from the King, John Wick 3, November Man, All-Star Weekend, 10 Minutes Gone, War Dogs, and Takers. He was also in TV shows like SEAL Team, Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods, Bones, Fear the Walking Dead, The Night Shift, Person of Interest, The Blacklist: Redemption, The Long Road Home, 9-1-1, Training Day, Agent X, Four Stars, Ray Donovan, Castle, Shooter, Sons of Anarchy, CSI Miami, CSI New York, Scorpion, NCIS LA, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Dexter and many more. Roman studies Sambo/Judo, the same style as UFC fighter Andrei Arlovski and the renowned Fedor Emelianenko. Still a member of Team Hayastan, Roman continues to train under Gokor Chivichyan.