Adesanya gets unanimous decision win, defeats Romero at UFC 248

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:12 am EST

Israel Adesanya wanted to change Yoel Romero at his best. And he was able to beat the 42-year-old, while he is still an elite fighter.

Adesanya defeated Romero by unanimous decision on Saturday night at UFC 248 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 30-year-old won 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 on the judges score card.

Isreal Adesanya punches Anderson Silva during their middleweight fight at UFC 234
Israel Adesanya punches Anderson Silva during their middleweight fight at UFC 234 (Getty Images)

It was a very boring fight following the very good fight between Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Zhang retained her belt in a split decision, but there was a lot of action in that fight.

Unlike Adesanya and Romero, as both fighters complained about the style of the fight.

“The people pay for a pay-per-view for a good fight, not for this. The people want to see the good fight, not like this,” Romero said to UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan after the fight. “The people pay for a pay-per-view to see fights, not running. You want to see running, go see Usain Bolt.”

Adesanya remained perfect, as he is now 19-0 in his MMA career. This was only the fifth-time in his career that a fight went the distance.

All five of his decision wins have come in his last seven fights. This was his first decision win in nearly a year when he defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 by unanimous decison on April 13, 2019.

“It was a hard fight,”Adesanya said. “To say it’s cliche, I did what I had to do to win. Look at his leg, he’s going to be limping after this fight. I f*cked up his leg. He touched me in the first-round and that was the hardest shot that he landed on me. I knew OK after that, I could take his best shot. I did what I had to do, as I picked him apart. The legs don’t lie. I did what I had to do to win the fight,”

With the loss, the “Soldier of God” fell to 13-5 in his career. Four of his five losses have come by decision, including back-to-back losses by unaninous decision.

In fact, Romero has lost his last three fights. His skid also includes four losses in his last five fights since 2017.

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