Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Championship After Beating Romero


On Sunday morning, Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya, 30, defeated Yoel Romero by unanimous decision in the UFC 248, technically beating the 42 year old Cuban fighter 48-47 x2, 49-46 on points to retain the World UFC Middleweight championship title of the world.

UFC lovers very well know that Adesanya and Romero are the two most unpredictable fighters in the division, and both fighters showed that perception was true in the fight, with both making calculated moves before launching attacks on each other, wary that a failed attack from any of them could lead to a quick demise from the battlefield.

The pace was extremely not fast with little brawl. It felt as though there was just as much action in the post-fight taunting as there was in the actual fight.

It was a very slow start as the UFC fighters felt each other out, and that pace never materialized. Adesanya (19-0) didn’t allowed to be pulled into the cerebral, but however unsuccessful, game plan by Romero (13-5), avoiding the big explosion and assault from Romero.

Romero expressed his frustration following the fight that Adesanya did not do enough to beat him, but he did not engage Adesanya after doing very little for the first two rounds. But Adesanya’s low kicks did damage to Romero’s right leg, factoring into the judges’ scoring in Adesanya’s favor.

After the win, Adesanya taunted Paulo Costa. Jon Jones’ name never came up during the post-fight interview in the Octagon, making Adesanya-Costa the next title fight for the Middleweight Championship.


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