By Jordan Arheart / Staff Writer
March 7 folks. Mark that day down in your calendars. Two of the greatest UFC middleweight fighters of this era are throwing down in Paradise, Nevada. Israel “Stylebender” Adesanya and Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero are meeting up in what’s going to be one of the biggest clashes of the year at UFC 248.
Israel is coming off of a title bout win against Robert Whittaker, in which Adesanya won the contest by knockout in the second round and became the middleweight champion of the world. This will be his first title defense. The win against Whittaker improved his record to a whopping eighteen wins and zero losses.
Yoel is one of the older fighters in the UFC organization being 42 years old. Being that old, you wouldn’t expect him to pack a big punch but let me tell you; it’s like being hit by a train. Romero can knock any and everyone out at any time during a fight. Yoel’s record is sitting at a nice thirteen wins and four losses, with two of those losses being title bouts.
Both fighters have a unique style. Romero is primarily a wrestler, earning a silver medal in the freestyle competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Israel is a world-class kickboxer.
One major difference between the two fighters is their height and reach. Yoel stands at 6-foot-2 while Israel is 6’4”. The reach is the most drastic change between the fighters. Yoel has a reach of 73.5” while Israel has an outstanding reach of 80”.
This fight is going to be one for the ages, with many people tweeting about it and looking forward to the amazing bout between the two.
Notable others fighting in the UFC 248 card are Sean O’Malley v. José Alberto Quiñónez fighting in the Bantamweight division, and finally, in a UFC title bout, Weili Zhang v. Joanna Jedrzejczyk. This fight is one of the biggest cards this year.
With it being so early on, no one can really tell, but it might have the chance to be one of the top cards of the year. Only two other cards can rival this one, those being UFC 247, which featured one of the best fighters of all time, Jon “Bones” Jones fighting Dominick “The Devastator” Reyes.
The only other card this year that can compare was UFC 246, which marked the return of one of the best-known fighters in the game: The “Notorious” Connor McGregor. In that fight, he faced off with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and finished him 40 seconds into the first round. Out of those three cards, UFC 248 is by far the most interesting because it has fights outside of the main card that people are interested in.