‘I did what I had to do’ Israel Adesanya defeats Yoel Romero at UFC 248 in Las Vegas

The UFC 248 main event was about as tense as it gets; or boring depending on your perspective.

Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero went the full 5 round at UFC 248 in Last Vegas. The fight became a chess match with neither fighter really wanting to engage.

There was a serious feeling out process in the first round, with barely any punches being thrown by either fighter. Romero did land one solid punch on Adesanya in the first, but not enough to cause any real damage.

After arguably the best female fight of all time between Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, fans were restless at the main event that saw two fighters who never really wanted to pull the trigger.

Adesanya did hurt the lead leg of Romero, sending the Cuban back on feet on a number of occasions and making it visibly bruised by the end of the fight.

When it came to the judges’ decision, there were a number of boos from the audience with the crowd clearly not happy with the fight. Adesanya went on to pick up the unanimous decision, 49 – 46, 48 – 47, 48 – 47.

Despite the boos in the crowd, there was a serious feeling that anything could happen at any moment. Adesanya executed a smart strategy, clearly wary of Romero’s ability to blitz and end the fight at a moment’s notice.

Adesanya said that he ‘did what he had to do” to win the fight.  The Nigerian-born Kiwi remains undefeated with the win, bringing his professional record to 19-0.

Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk stole the show on the fight card, putting on arguably the greatest female fight in UFC history.

Zhang managed to sneak away with a split decision win in a fight that could have gone either way. The fight was all action from the opening bell, with both fighters landing heavy shots throughout the contest. The win was Zhang’s first defence of the title and 21st win in a row.

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My earliest combat sports memory is watching David Tua knock people out with his left hook.  I am extremely passionate about combat sports in Australia and my home country of New Zealand and I endeavour to grow the profile of martial arts and its athletes in both countries. Persistent Brazilian jiu-jitsu battler.