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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.
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Official Fight Card
|Middleweight||Israel Adesanya (c)||def.||Yoel Romero||Decision (unanimous) (48–47, 48–47, 49–46)||5||5:00|
|Women's Strawweight||Zhang Weili (c)||def.||Joanna Jędrzejczyk||Decision (split) (48–47, 48–47, 47–48)||5||5:00|
|Lightweight||Beneil Dariush||def.||Drakkar Klose||KO (punch)||2||1:00|
|Welterweight||Neil Magny||def.||Li Jingliang||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Alex Oliveira||def.||Max Griffin||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN)|
|Bantamweight||Sean O'Malley||def.||José Alberto Quiñónez||TKO (head kick and punches)||1||2:02|
|Lightweight||Mark Madsen||def.||Austin Hubbard||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Rodolfo Vieira||def.||Saparbek Safarov||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||1||2:58|
|Middleweight||Gerald Meerschaert||def.||Deron Winn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||2:13|
|Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+)|
|Featherweight||Giga Chikadze||def.||Jamall Emmers||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Danaa Batgerel||def.||Guido Cannetti||KO (punches)||1||3:01|
UFC 248 Main Card Results
- Israel Adesanya def. Yoel Romero via unanimous decision (48-47 x2, 49-46)
- Weili Zhang def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk via split decision (48-47 x2, 47-48)
- Beneil Dariush def. Drakkar Klose via KO at 1:00 of Round 2
- Neil Magny def. Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Alex Oliveira def. Max Griffin via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
UFC 248 Prelims
- Sean O'Malley def. José Alberto Quinonez via TKO (punches) at 2:02 of Round 1
- Mark O. Madsen def. Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
- Rodolfo Vieira def. Saparbek Safarov via submission (arm-triangle) at 2:58 of Round 1
- Gerald Meerschaert def. Deron Winn via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of Round 3
- Giga Chikadze def. Jamall Emmers via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
- Danaa Batgerel def. Guido Cannetti via KO (punches) at 3:01 of Round 1
*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.