Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero finally had their highly-anticipated middleweight title clash last night (Sat. March 7, 2020) – and it was not what we expected.
Adesanya and Romero went all five rounds in what many complain was an extremely disappointing fight. Both Adesanya and Romero were extremely tentative in their styles, with Adesanya more so playing the role of counter striker out of respect for the Cuban’s ridiculous power. Throughout the course of the fight, Adesanya badly bruised the lead leg of Romero with low kicks. When it was all said and done, Adesanya did just a bit more to earn the winning nod.
“Stylebender” picked up his first official title defense of his career with a unanimous decision win. Now, with Adesanya vs. Romero in the rearview mirror, it’s likely Paulo Costa – who was sitting cageside for all the action – is next in line for the Nigerian-born champion. With all that being said, the mixed martial arts (MMA) community has taken to Twitter to offer their thoughts on tonight’s main event.
For the most part, even the pros sympathize with the fans, calling the action uneventful. There were even some who suggest they believe Romero should’ve been given the victory on the scorecards. Check out how the MMA community reacted to the main event below:
well that was anticlimactic
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) March 8, 2020
Just terrible. At least he had Weili vs JJ
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 8, 2020
I got fired for that…
— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) March 8, 2020
Adesanya won I think. You can’t take too much risk with Yoel though.
— Bonecrusher 🇨🇩🇬🇧☠️ (@Marc_Diakiese) March 8, 2020
Man it was weird but I had Yoel winning the last round which would be #AndNew 3-2 for Yoel. But I don’t know what the hell just happened! 😂
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 8, 2020
I practically never ask anyone to repeat themselves if I can’t or didn’t actually hear what they were saying…I just kinda nod & smile & grumble a “yeah, cool”…I wish I could ask people to repeat themselves…#SmoothConfessions
— TheOnceAndFutureKing (@BensonHenderson) March 8, 2020
Izzy got staph and Yoel made weight I knew this fight wasn’t gonna be epic
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 8, 2020
Fear is a big motivator. Sometimes it motivates you to do nothing.
— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) March 8, 2020
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 8, 2020
— Cody Stamann (@CodyStamann) March 8, 2020
Romero was smart to wait for the counter striker Adesanya early in the fight. He was trying to get him to come forward and land a big shot. Almost worked. This was a tactical fight between two smart & disciplined fighters. #UFC248
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) March 8, 2020
So after the ladies that title fight came across as light sparrring. But sometimes that’s how the fight game goes. #ufc248
— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) March 8, 2020
I love Izzy, but in my honest opinion, Romero won that due to extreme inactivity on both parties but Romero doing slightly more. #UFC248
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 8, 2020
Not even Adesanya believe he won…I had Romero all the way!
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) March 8, 2020
I had it 4-1 for @YoelRomeroMMA 🤷♂️
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) March 8, 2020
Sometimes fights be like that, the ladies shined tho! #UFC248
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) March 8, 2020
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) March 8, 2020