UFC 248:
Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero

March 07, 2020 Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada


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UFC 248: Adesanya vs. Romero is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that is planned to take place on March 7, 2020 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States.

A UFC Middleweight Championship bout between the current champion Israel Adesanya and former challenger Yoel Romero is expected to headline the event.

A UFC Women's Strawweight Championship bout between the current champion Zhang Weili and former champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk is expected to take place at the event.

A bout between former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier was expected to take place at this event. However, on January 15th 2020, it was announced that Whittaker pulled out of the bout to donate bone marrow to his daughter.

The headlining bout sees Israel Adesanya put his middleweight crown on the line against Yoel Romero.

Adesanya, who sports a 16-0 record, won the interim 185-pound title in April 2019 with a decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in a contest that many considered the best fight of the year. Then, in October, Adesanya unified the titles with a second-round knockout win over Robert Whittaker. Adesanya has earned fight-night bonus awards in each of his five past outings. The 30-year-old has fought seven times for the UFC, he has taken home bonuses in all but one of those fights.

Romero, who is the No. 3 ranked 185-pounder according to the official UFC rankings, is 1-3 in his past four fights. He has one official interim title fight loss during that run. He was scheduled for two other middleweight title fights, but Romero was ruled ineligible for the title in those outings when he missed weight. The 42-year-old won one of those bouts, but lost the other. Romero’s most recent outing was an August 2019 decision setback to Paulo Costa.

UFC 248 also features a women’s strawweight title fight. In that bout, which serves as the evening’s co-main event, sees Weili Zhang put her title on the line against former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Jedrzejczyk is the No. 4 ranked contender in the 115-pound division.

Weili Zhang moved camp to Bangkok, is training with Muay Thai legend Saenchai ahead of UFC 248

Consider this an excellent example of turning lemons into lemonade. Just about a week after news emerged that Weili Zhang would be relocating her training camp from China due to Coronavirus fears, the Strawweight queen has successfully moved her camp to Bangkok, Thailand.

A Lumpinee champion at four different weight classes, Saenchai is widely regarded an all-time great and pound-for-pound king in Muay Thai. The 39-year-old combatant is now retired from top-flight Thai competition, but he still flies around the world to beat up talented foreign strikers bigger than him. Per Wikipedia, his current record is 299-41-5, though it’s quite likely there’s a few bouts missing.



Official Fight Card

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time
Middleweight Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero
Women's Strawweight Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
Middleweight Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
Welterweight Neil Magny vs. Li Jingliang
Middleweight Rodolfo Vieira vs. Saparbek Safarov
Lightweight Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose
Welterweight Alex Oliveira vs. Max Griffin
Middleweight Gerald Meerschaert vs. Deron Winn
Lightweight Mark Madsen vs. Austin Hubbard
Women's Strawweight Emily Whitmire vs. Polyana Viana
Featherweight Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Movsar Evloev
Bantamweight Danaa Batgerel vs. Guido Cannetti



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*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.