first_imgRelatedPosts Israel Adesanya in tears on UFC debut UFC: Israel Adesanya plans 42-year-old man fight Israel Adesanya expects Whittaker rematch Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya defeated Yoel Romero by unanimous decision to retain his middleweight championship in Saturday night’s main event at UFC 248 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The judges scored the bout 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46. The first two rounds featured very few exchanges between the fighters, but Romero appeared to have the two most significant strikes in the opening 10 minutes, including an overhand left that appeared to hurt Adesanya’s eye in the first. Adesanya picked up the pace in Round 3, especially with his kicks, landing one to the body and several sharp leg kicks. He also landed the most significant strike in the fourth round, another hard leg kick that briefly buckled Romero. Adesanya continued to do damage with hard leg kicks in the final round, and Romero’s right thigh had visible welts by the end of the fight. Adesanya (19-0) was making the first defence of his undisputed middleweight title, which he captured when he knocked out Robert Whittaker at UFC 243. He entered that fight as the interim champion and unified the crown with the win. With Sunday’s win, Adesanya became only the fourth middleweight in UFC history to begin his career 8-0 with the promotion, joining Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman and Romero. Romero (13-5) has lost four his past five fights, including three defeats in title bouts. In his previous fight, he lost a hard-fought unanimous decision to Paulo Costa at UFC 241 in August. Romero was slotted in Sunday’s fight because of an injury to Costa. Adesanya entered the fight as ESPN’s No. 7-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Romero is ESPN’s No. 4 middleweight.Tags: Israel AdesanyaYoel Romerolast_img read more