UFC 248: Adesanya vs Romero
Saturday, March 7th – 10:00PM ET
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Network: ESPN+ PPV
Israel Adesanya (18-0) will make his debut as the UFC middleweight champion at UFC 248. His first official title defense will be against former title challenger, Yoel Romero (13-4) this Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Adesanya is 2-0 in title fights. He won the interim championship in a FOTY against Kelvin Gastelum and then finished Robert Whittaker to win the undisputed title.
Romero has lost both of his UFC title fights. Both were razor-thin fights that could have gone either way.
Israel Adesanya (-280) vs Yoel Romero (+210)-UFC 248
The Nigerian Nightmare is legit. There’s no question about it. But, Yoel Romero is a scary dude. He sits back and is very selective with his offensive output. Romero doesn’t attack for five straight rounds. Instead, he conserves energy wisely and bursts at opportune moments.
Adesanya proved to be hittable against Gastelum. If Romero connects the same way Gastelum did, the champion is in for a rough night.
The question is what will Adensanya do in between Romer’s bursts? Adesanya is very accurate and strikes from odd angles. His shots don’t appear as powerful as they actually are. He shocked Whittaker with his power and ultimately finished the former champ.
I don’t know that Adesanya will KO Romero, but if he manages to keep the pace, it may be enough to win on the judges’ scorecards.
At almost 43 years old and with two previous shots at the title, this may be Romero’s last shot at UFC gold. He knows this and so does his team.
Adesanya may have bit off more than he can chew by calling out Romero for his first title defense. Take Romero +210 at UFC 248.
Zhang Weili (-170) vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk +(140)-UFC 248
Joanna Jedrezejczyk (16-3) has worked her way back up the women’s strawweight ladder. As champion, Jedrezejczyk defended her title five times. She holds wins over Carla Esparza, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Jessica Andrade, and most recently Michelle Waterson among others.
Jedrezejczyk put a beating on Waterson on her way to a unanimous decision victory. Her only losses were to Rose Namajunas and Valentina Shevchenko (flyweight).
This will be Zhang Weili’s (20-1) first title defense since scoring a first round TKO over Jessica Andrade to win the title.
Zhang Weili is 4-0 in the UFC. She lost her first professional fight and hasn’t looked back since. Weili is 19-0 since her debut loss. She holds wins over Tecia Torres, Jessica Aguilar, and Danielle Taylor.
Prior to joining the UFC Weili was a Kunlun strawweight champion. She has finished 17 of her 20 opponents, including 10 KO/TKO’s.
Her rise in the UFC has been swift but impactful. She’s in for a dogfight against the former champion.
Joanna’s experience in big moment fights as well as her kickboxing acumen puts her over the top for me. The former champ wins gold again and sets up another fight against Thug Rose.
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