The UFC returns to pay-per-view on Saturday, March 7, as Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight championship against Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC 248 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Adesanya (18-0) showed why he’s perhaps the next big thing in the UFC, plowing through Robert Whittaker inside two rounds at UFC 243 to become the undisputed 185-pound champion at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia in October.
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Adesanya was expected to take on top contender Paulo Costa for his first title defense. However, Costa had to undergo surgery, and likely won’t return until the beginning part of summer. The dynamic 30-year-old wasn’t in the mood to wait around and wanted to get back at it. When Adesanya looked around the division, one name stuck to him that he wanted more than anyone else.
“Pretty much, he’s (Romero) a guy no one wants to fight, so that makes me want to fight him even more,” Adesanya told Yahoo Sports. “I want to know, ‘Why is everyone so scared of this human?’ He is human. At the end of the day, he’s just another guy who bleeds if you cut him. He sweats. He gasses out. I don’t gas out.”
Regardless of the champion’s reasoning, going with Romero (13-4) for Adesanya’s first title defense has been criticized in many circles because he’s lost back-to-back tilts and three of his last four to Whittaker (twice) and Costa with a win over Luke Rockhold sandwiched in between. The 2000 Olympic silver medalist has been scheduled for three championship fights but ended up only being in one of them because Romero missed weight against Rockhold at UFC 221 and the Whittaker rematch at UFC 225.
Taking on the hard-nosed veteran is a good test to see where Adesanya’s genuinely at. Even though Romero’s been on a recent skid, the losses were close enough to where a case can be made for the Cuban winning.
Can Romero make the most of what is expected to be his last championship opportunity? Or does “The Last Style Bender” start his reign with a strong performance?
Here’s everything you need to know about Adesanya vs. Romero at UFC 248, including its starting time, cost, streaming info, and the rest of the fights on the card.
When is UFC 248?
UFC 247 will take place Saturday, March 7, with pay-per-view coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Expect Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero to enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET following the rest of the main card.
UFC 248 PPV cost, TV, streaming info
The main card pay-per-view can be purchased for $64.99 for ESPN+ subscribers. Every UFC PPV can be ordered through ESPN+, which requires a subscription.
Where is UFC 248 taking place?
UFC 248 occurs at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Adesanya’s competes in “Sin City” for the second time and this bout marks his first time at the venue. Romero returns to Vegas for the fourth time, with this being his second fight at T-Mobile Arena.
Adesanya vs. Romero odds
According to Bovada’s latest odds, Adesanya is the favorite, coming in at -270, signaling that you’d need to bet $270 to win $100. Romero is a +210 underdog, meaning if you were to bet $100, you would net $210.
UFC 248 fight card
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