It looks like the middleweight title is going to be contested at UFC 248. This is according to Israel Adesanya. He is the man who currently holds the middleweight title in the UFC. He recently gave an interview where he said that a title fight against Yoel Romero is a “done deal.” The fight will take place on the 7th of March at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight has not been officially announced by the UFC. Romero has been involved in two other title fights. However, he missed weight in both of them. Therefore, he was not eligible to win the title.
Adesanya won the title last year by dethroning Robert Whittaker. Interestingly, Whittaker is also scheduled to fight at UFC 248 against Jared Cannonier. It was expected that Adesanya’s first title defense would come against number one contender Paulo Costa. However, Costa required surgery that will keep him out of action for at least six months. Therefore, the UFC needed to look for a different opponent for Adesanya’s next fight. Romero is a logical choice. He is a guy who has always been a title contender. He is also ranked very high in the division. Therefore, people will want to see Adesanya and Romero battle for the middleweight strap.
There are many people who thought the UFC would not give Romero another chance in a title fight because of the two times he missed weight before. However, it is clear that there were no better options for a fight against Adesanya. Not many people have ever asked for a fight against Romero. However, Israel Adesanya has said that he wanted to fight Romero ever since it was revealed that Paulo Costa will need surgery that will keep him out of action for a long time.
UFC 248 will also feature the first title defense of women’s straw weight champion Weili Zhang. She has become a huge star in the sport since capturing the title with a dominant performance last year. It was clear that the UFC did not think Weili Zhang was a big enough fighter to have headlining the event. Therefore, it was very important for the company to get the Adesanya and Romero fight signed, sealed and delivered for UFC 248. An official announcement from the UFC is expected later this week. It will be one of the most highly anticipated mixed martial arts fights this year.