The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will showcase its final ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) event when UFC 248 takes place later tonight (Saturday, March 7, 2020) at T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada. The occasion will include a middleweight title fight when division chief Israel Adesanya faces off for his title against top contender Yoel Romero. In the joint show, women's strawweight champion Zhang Weili will go head-to-head with former division champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for her first guaranteed title.
Adesanya is taking the MMA world by storm... lightly. After going undefeated (11-0) through the first five years of his professional MMA career, Adesanya joined the UFC in mid-2018 and has continued his tearful career ever since. After winning his initial five fights inside the Octagon in just one year, he tasted UFC gold when he defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 in April 2019 to secure a timeslot (feature). He then went on to win the title six months later by defeating Robert Whitaker at UFC 243. So, for those of you realizing, that's seven straight wins, including two titles, in just 20 months. It was a great run, so The Last Stylebender didn't hesitate to look up to pick current light heavyweight lord Jon Jones.
That's for later, though.
For now, Adesanya may face Romero's toughest test yet. Sure, he gets wiped out twice in a row, but that's not a really dangerous feature of "Soldier of God." In truth, it could be argued that Romero won his last two fights against Whitaker and Paulo Costa, whom he lost by split and unanimous election, respectively. Still, when the UFC needed a reasonable opponent to take on Adesanya after Costa suffered physical issues, there was no better choice than the Cuban-born muscleman.
Or on the contrary, are there any?
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As Romero expected, however, he does. It's the old guardian against the new. He won his first world MMA title at the age of 42, while Adesanya is reaching the top of his game at 30. Remember, Romero didn't make his MMA debut until he was 32 years old. That being said, you'd be an idiot to let age get to you now, Yoel is still innovative, agile and out of this world. He has the ability to knock out anyone, and his physique is through the roof (try it here). Meanwhile, Adesanya may be the best forward in the game today, and if his call-up to Romero has shown us anything, it's that he's not looking for an easy path to true greatness. Now he has a large offspring and is one of the central figures of progress. Only Conor McGregor and Jon Jones have made similar short climbs, and if Adesanya has his way, he'll pass them all in record time.
According to the facts, although Romero is an Olympic wrestling silver medalist, in most cases, he wants to compete with his opponent. Also, in terms of racing, this might not be the best way to deal with a high-performance striker. Also, we generally haven't observed "The Last Stylebender" wrestling attempts thus far, so if Romero chooses to go that route, he'll have a huge advantage. However, being involved in knockouts can be dangerous business for "God's Official" as Adesanya has an edge that could cause him some trouble. What's more, as Rafael Calvacante showed us in 2011, Romero could be knocked out with one punch.
All things considered, Romero has a chance to become the second-greatest fighter to win the UFC world title, with Randy Couture having 43 when he beat Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in 2007, single-year records. . Obviously looking at Adesanya and Sylvia, the level of competition is quite different. Sorry, "Maine".