UFC 248 took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on Sunday, March 8 (Asia time). Two title fights that went all five championship rounds topped off an evening of incredible action.

In the main event, UFC world middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defeated Yoel Romero by unanimous decision to retain his title, while UFC world strawweight champion Zhang Weili earned a hard-fought split decision over former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

On UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, UFC President Dana White said,

That was a tough act to follow after the co-main event. I believe that Israel Adesanya fights to the level of his opponent… He fought the smart fight, he stayed on the outside, chopped that leg apart, and picked his punches.”

On UFC challenger Yoel Romero, White said,

I’m shocked… You go in and you do everything you can to win that fight, and he literally didn’t do that.”

On UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili, White said,

Yeah, that was definitely a Hall of Fame fight, 100%. We always knew she was special. Tonight, she went in against the best ever from that division, who built that division… and you saw how good she looked tonight.

There’s a certain pattern when you’re trying to build someone into a star. We did it with Ronda Rousey, we did it with Conor McGregor, and we’re going to do it with her. She’s going to be a massive star.”

On strawweight contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk, White said,

She got another title shot, got dead serious and was in phenomenal shape… she did everything she could to win. We’re incredibly lucky to have her.”

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Jeremy Deschner
Black Belt in American Karate from the Texas Karate Institute. Now training in Brazilian Jiujitsu in Japan. Twitter: @mmajpn1 @jiujitsu_Jedi

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