Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya was the main man in 248 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas; fighting a dangerous-yet-aging opponent Yoel Romero.
He retained the UFC Middleweight Championship in the process after beating Romero.
Initially wanted to meet Paulo Costa in the Middleweight fight; Israel Adesanya wisely looked out for Romero after Costa was unavailable with a bicep injury.
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.
Israel Adesanya (19-0) didn’t allow to be pulled into the cerebral; which led to avoiding the big explosion and assault from Romero (13-5).
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.