UFC 248 LIVE: Israel Adesanya faces Yoel Romero for middleweight title in Las Vegas

UFC 248 takes place tonight and in the main event Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight crown against Yoel Romero.

Undefeated Adesanya (18-0) dethroned Robert Whittaker in the Australian’s back yard in October to cap off a faultless first year and a half in UFC for the Nigerian-born New Zealander. Meanwhile, Romero (13-4) should be past his peak at 42, but the Olympic silver medalist wrestler still moves like – and possesses the physique of – an athlete in their prime.

The Cuban has been somewhat fortunate to be granted a shot at Adesanya off the back of a two-fight losing streak. Those defeats were both razor-thin decision losses, however, and the ‘Soldier of God’s terrifying knockout power should not be overlooked. Follow all the action live below:

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Adesanya vs Romero prediction

  • Jack Rathborn
  • 7 March 2020 22:21
  • Jack Rathborn
  • 7 March 2020 22:22
  • Jack Rathborn
  • 7 March 2020 22:22

UFC 248 

Main card

Israel Adesanya (C) vs Yoel Romero (middleweight title)

Weili Zhang (C) vs Joanna Jędrzejczyk (women’s strawweight title)

Beneil Dariush vs Drakkar Klose (lightweight)

Neil Magny vs Li Jingliang (welterweight)

Alex Oliveira vs Max Griffin (welterweight)

Prelims

Sean O’Malley vs Jose Alberto Quinonez (bantamweight)

Mark Madsen vs Austin Hubbard (lightweight)

Rodolfo Vieira vs Saparbek Safarov (middleweight)

Gerald Meerschaert vs Deron Winn (middleweight)

Early prelims

Emily Whitmire vs Polyana Viana (women’s strawweight)

Danaa Batgerel vs Guido Cannetti (bantamweight)

  • Jack Rathborn
  • 7 March 2020 19:08

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When is it?

UFC 248 takes place on Saturday 8 March at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. So that means it’s in the early hours of Sunday morning for UK fans.

Which TV channel can I watch it on?

UFC 248 will be shown live on BT Sport 2 for subscribers, who can also stream the event on BT Sort’s website and app. The action is not pay-per-view in the UK.

What time will the main event start?

The main card will begin at 3am GMT. Expect the main event fight to take place around 4.30am.

Full card

Main card

Israel Adesanya (C) vs Yoel Romero (middleweight title)

Weili Zhang (C) vs Joanna Jędrzejczyk (women’s strawweight title)

Beneil Dariush vs Drakkar Klose (lightweight)

Neil Magny vs Li Jingliang (welterweight)

Alex Oliveira vs Max Griffin (welterweight)

Prelims

Sean O’Malley vs Jose Alberto Quinonez (bantamweight)

Mark Madsen vs Austin Hubbard (lightweight)

Rodolfo Vieira vs Saparbek Safarov (middleweight)

Gerald Meerschaert vs Deron Winn (middleweight)

Early prelims

Emily Whitmire vs Polyana Viana (women’s strawweight)

Danaa Batgerel vs Guido Cannetti (bantamweight)

Prediction

If anyone has the technical abilities, athleticism and distance management to beat Romero, it’s Adesanya. He must beware Romero’s power, but his underrated wrestling skills may prove useful on the way to a decision win. Whatever happens, expect a fun fight.

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