The Life and Legacy of Jared Vanderaa, MMA Heavyweight Phenom

Jared Vanderaa, better known as “The Mountain” in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), is a force to be reckoned with in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). This formidable American fighter has made a name for himself through his impressive professional record and captivating presence in the octagon.

Dive into the captivating story of Jared Vanderaa’s journey, exploring his life, career milestones, net worth, and personal life as we uncover the man behind the gloves and delve into the world of this Heavyweight sensation.

Profile Summary

NameJared Michael Vanderaa
NicknameThe Mountain
Date of BirthMay 12, 1992
Age31 years old
BirthplaceRichland, Washington, USA
ResidenceHemet, California, USA
Height6′ 4″ (193 cm)
Weight265 lbs (120 kg)
MMA Weight ClassHeavyweight
Pro MMA Record13 wins, 10 losses (as of March 2023)
Gym/AffiliationTeam Quest Athletic Center
ManagementIridium Sports Agency
MMA DebutOctober 2010 (Amateur)
Professional Debut2015
UFC Debut2021
Relationship StatusEngaged with Lauren Silva
ChildrenTwo daughters (born in 2017, 2021)

Jared Vanderaa Biography

Jared Michael Vanderaa was born on 12 May 1992 in Richland, Washington, USA. As a child, he and his mother frequently moved in search of better opportunities before settling in California.
At 15, while attending high school, Jared developed a passion for wrestling. Unfortunately, he dislocated his shoulder at the end of his sophomore wrestling season, but this injury only fueled his determination to pursue a career in combat sports.

Jared Vanderaa
Jared Vanderaa

Jared Vanderaa Relationship

Jared Vanderaa is engaged to his fiancée, Lauren Silva, a professional barber and cosmetologist. The couple has two daughters, Ava Vanderaa, born in 2017, and their youngest, born in 2021. Family plays a significant role in Jared’s life, and together with Lauren, they own and operate the Team Quest gym in Hemet, California. This gym is the successor to PrimeTime MMA, where Jared began his career, and serves as a testament to his dedication to his sport and community.

Jared Vanderaa and his fiance Lauren Silva
Jaren Vaderaa and his fiance, Lauren Silva

As of 2021, Jared Vanderaa is 29 years old. His 29th Birthday is coming up on 12 May 2021.

Jared Vanderaa Career

In February 2010, after recovering from his shoulder injury, Vanderaa joined an MMA gym and began his journey as a fighter. His amateur debut came just eight months later, in October 2010. Despite a brief enrollment at California Baptist University, Jared decided to dedicate his life to becoming a professional MMA fighter.

Jared Vanderaa began training for MMA in February 2010. He is now a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and represents Team Quest – Portland in the heavyweight division at UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). His weight is 265 lbs, and his height is about 6 feet and 4 inches.

Jared Micheal Vanderaa
Jared Vanderaa

His hard work and determination paid off as he debuted professionally in 2015. Over the years, Vanderaa has built an impressive record, earning a spot in the UFC Heavyweight division. His aggressive fighting style and relentless spirit have made him a fan favorite and a force to be reckoned with in the octagon.

Jared Vanderaa’s dedication to the sport of MMA extends beyond his fighting career. In addition to his impressive achievements in the octagon, Jared shares his knowledge and expertise as a coach at Team Quest Athletic Center in Hemet, California. At the gym, he helps aspiring fighters hone their skills, instilling the passion and commitment that have driven his success.

Through his work as a professional athlete and a coach, Jared continues to impact the MMA community significantly.
He has competed and won against other athletes, such as Harry Hunsucker, in the Dana White’s Contender Series on November 5, 2020. And on February 20, 2021, Sergey Spivak lost the fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2023, he defeated N. Costello by Submission during Gladiator Challenge: Proving Ground.

Sergey SpivakUFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis2021-02-20Loss (TKO)
Harry HunsuckerUFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland2021-03-20Win (TKO)
Justin TafaUFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt2021-05-22Win (Decision)
Alexander RomanovUFC Fight Night: Ladd vs. Dumont2021-10-16Loss (Submission)
Nick CostelloGladiator Challenge: Proving GroundMar 4, 2023Win (Submission)

Please note that this table includes only a selection of Jared Vanderaa’s fights, not his entire fight record. His professional record stands at more than 11 wins and five losses. See more details of his fight here.

Jared Vanderaa’s Net worth

The average income of an MMA fighter is $138,250, according to

Jared Vanderaa’s salary is more than $2,000 monthly, and he is one of the top MMA fighters in the US. His estimated net worth is $200,000.


Jared Vanderaa’s biography is about passion, perseverance, and commitment. From his early life in Washington to his rise as a heavyweight contender in the UFC, Vanderaa has displayed an unwavering dedication to his craft. With his loving family and relentless work ethic by his side, Jared “The Mountain” Vanderaa will continue making waves in the MMA world for years to come.

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