UFC 248 is a little more than a month away, but already the hype is building for the early March pay-per-view event for the mixed martial arts juggernaut.
On Mar. 7 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, two championship fights will headline the show.
In the co-main event of UFC 248, the promotion’s Strawweight championship is at stake as incumbent champ Weili Zhang (20-1) faces off against challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-3) in a five-round affair.
The main event of UFC 248 next month sees the Middleweight championship up for grabs as incumbent champion Israel Adesanya (18-0) fights challenger Yoel Romero (13-4) in another five-round contest.
Last time out, we took an Armchair First Look at the Strawweight championship in the co-main event.
On this day, we shift our focus to the headliner, the Middleweight championship contest.
Remember, we will hold off on predicting the winner for these title fights at the present time.
Heading into the Mar. 7 main event, champion Israel Adesanya is the taller combatant, standing 6-foot-3, three inches taller than Yoel Romero at six feet even.
How they got here:
Israel Adesanya has yet to lose in his professional MMA career.
Most recently, he stopped Robert Whittaker (second-round knockout—left hook) during the UFC 243 main attraction last October inside Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on pay-per-view.
In the other corner, challenger Yoel Romero has posted a 2-3 record in his last five UFC appearances, losing last time out against Paulo Costa last August in the UFC 241 pay-per-view from Anaheim’s Honda Center.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that champion Israel Adesanya has a 6.5-inch reach advantage (80 inches to 73.5 inches) over challenger Yoel Romero heading into this fight.
UFC Middleweight Championship- Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero- Saturday, Mar. 7, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
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