UFC 248 Live: UFC 248 has two title fights at the top of the pay-per-view map. In the main event in the middleweight category, the Israeli Adesanya puts his belt on the line against the third place of the rival Joel Romero. UFC 248 marks the first defense of Adesania’s 185-pound title.
Strikeforce signed 4-0 with Romero, silver medalist in freestyle wrestling at the 2000 Olympics for Cuba in 2011. Romero’s promotion debut failed. Rafael Cavalcante knocked out Romero in the second round of their match. Even worse, Romero did not act for two years after this defeat due to injury.
When he returned to action, Romero had an impressive run with the UFC. Between 2013 and 2016, the Cuban wrestler collected a series of victories in eight battles, thanks to which he steadily rose to the 185-pound rating. His 2016 knockout knockout for former UFC champion Chris Weidman allowed Romero to hit the middleweight intermediate crown. Romero lost this fight to Robert Whittaker by decision.
After this loss, Romero went sideways. He followed this loss with two more title throws, but missed the weight before both of these fights, which made him unsuitable for the belt. In one of these contests, he knocked out Luke Rockhold. In another, he threw a Whittaker split solution. In his last performance, which was an untitled match, Romero lost to Paulo Costa
Two title fights take place on Saturday at UFC 248 pay-per-view. As a headliner, UFC Israel champion Adesanya first puts the 185-pound title on the field when he meets No. 3 rival Yoel Romero. In the evening co-op competition, featherweight champion Veili Zhang defends 115 pounds for the first time when she meets fourth-place contender Joanna Engzheichik. Jedrzejczyk, a former UFC champion of 115 pounds, defended this title five times.
Jedrzejczyk won the welterweight title in her third UFC bout with a second round knockout victory over Carla Esparza. Over the next two years, Jedrzejczyk defended the title five times. By the time she put her belt on the line against Roses Namajunas, Ecejic had a record of 14-0. Namajunas received the title from Ecejic through a knockout in the first round. Today is Jedrzejczyk 16-3. Her two other losses occurred in the rematch with Namadjunas and the title match with Valentina Shevchenko.
“Ever since I lost my belt, I have become even more obsessed than when I was a champion,” said Jedzieczyk to MMA Fighting before Saturday. “With a belt, physically with or without a belt, you can act like a champion. You can be a champion. I did it for the elite. Not once, but six times. I miss that.
“I’m going to say it again, I’ve been in this business for 17 years,” added Jedrzejczyk. “Multiple champion in Muay Thai and Europe, six-time UFC world champion and this victory on March 7th will be more than my whole fighting career, all the titles, everything, all the achievements. It will be more. I look forward to entering the octagon in better shape and accepting it. ”