Throughout his UFC career, Cuban middleweight Yoel Romero has made a named for himself because the bogeyman of the division.
In 17 career fights, the 42-year-old features a 13-4 record with 11 of his 13 wins coming by knockout. increase that his silver in wrestling from the 2000 Olympic Games and Romero may be a tough match up for anyone.
So when No Paul’s candidate in the middleweight division, Paolo Costa of Brazil, resigned due to biceps surgery, it was understandable to call the Kiwi champion Israel’s Adesanya.
“The department he claims, he said, “said the Adesan Herald..
“”He is the guy who tells everyone they don’t want to fight. Even (middleweight contender) Darren Till, curiously enough , is admitting he’d rather not fight that guy…I don’t see it.”
Adesanya (18-0) will defend his UFC middleweight title against Romero within the headline bout at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 8 (NZT). it’ll be Adesanya’s first defence since become undisputed middleweight champion, and his second with the belt after claiming the interim title in April last year before unifying the belts in October.
The fight against Romero has been within the works for the last few months, with Adesanya’s camp quick to spot their ideal challenger after Costa was ruled out.
However, the method of getting the contracts signed was drawn out as they worked to succeed in a deal that was agreeable to all or any parties, with the bout confirmed by the UFC during the printed of UFC 246 on Sunday (NZT).
“UFC 248 will now appear in two title fights, with women’s straightweight champion Wally Cheng welcoming a challenge to former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, while other middleweight rivals may be in favor of their claim”
Initially, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was scheduled to fight hard hitting American Jared Cannonier on the cardboard . However, Whittaker withdrew from the fight thanks to personal reasons and therefore the UFC are now trying to find a replacement.
It’s be a fight Adesanya are going to be keeping an eye fixed on, and he knows who he would really like to ascertain take Whittaker’s place.
“There’s TVs within the room , so I’ll see what happens therein fight. Jared may be a dark horse, unfortunately Rob’s out now, so I’m hoping Darren Till gets that fight.”