UFC 248 Recap: Adesanya Retains Title in Unusual Bout Against Romero

UFC 248, held on March 7, 2020, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, was a mixed martial arts event that left fans and critics with much to discuss. The event was headlined by a UFC Middleweight Championship bout between the reigning champion, Israel Adesanya, and former interim title challenger, Yoel Romero.

The main event was a peculiar one, with Adesanya retaining his title in a unanimous decision over Romero. The fight was marked by a lack of action, which was heavily booed by the audience. Romero, known for his explosive fighting style, seemed to be waiting for Adesanya to make the first move. However, Adesanya opted for a more cautious approach, mostly attacking Romero’s lead leg from a distance. This resulted in a fight that didn’t give the judges much to think about.

Despite landing heavier blows, Romero was criticized for his lack of activity during the fight. The judges’ decision was based on the number of successful strikes, which favored Adesanya. The final scores were 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 in favor of Adesanya.

The co-main event of the evening was a UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship bout between the reigning champion, Zhang Weili, and former champion, Joanna Jędrzejczyk. This fight was a stark contrast to the main event, delivering an action-packed bout that many have hailed as one of the best Women’s MMA fights of all time. Zhang Weili retained her title in a split decision over Jędrzejczyk, with scores of 48-47, 47-48, and 48-47.

Other notable fights of the night included Beneil Dariush’s knockout victory over Drakkar Klose in the second round, Neil Magny’s unanimous decision win over Li Jingliang, and Alex Oliveira’s split decision victory over Max Griffin. In the prelims, Sean O’Malley made a triumphant return with a TKO victory over José Alberto Quinonez in the first round.

Despite the controversy surrounding the main event, UFC 248 showcased a variety of fighting styles and outcomes, from unanimous decisions to knockouts, demonstrating the unpredictable and thrilling nature of the sport. As for Adesanya, his next likely challenger appears to be Paulo Costa, setting the stage for another exciting Middleweight Championship bout in the future.


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