UFC 248 has an interesting pair of title fights topping the card. Both champions in action Saturday night will be making the first defense of their respective titles.
For Israel Adesanya, he’s taking the hard road against Yoel Romero. Romero has long been one of the most fearsome fighters in the 185lb division. The “See you soon, Boy” audio clip the UFC has packaged with promos for the event capture the ominous figure he casts rather perfectly. While it’s true that on paper, Romero has lost his last two fights, injuries to the other top contenders in the division, and the close nature of Romero’s losses have fans giving this one a pass.
Because, frankly, it’s just that promising of a fight.
Weili Zhang isn’t exactly taking the easy route for her first title defense either. She’s putting the belt up against the longest reigning strawweight champion in UFC history. Joanna Jedrzejczyk was for years the most feared 115lb fighter in the company. She picked apart opponents with ease and demonstrated excellent takedown defense as well.
Come Saturday night, she’ll have to contend with China’s Zhang, however, who is on an extremely impressive 20-fight win streak. Beating Jessica Andrade for the strawweight championship was the icing on that cake.
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