UFC 248 takes place on Saturday, March 7, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the main event, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya puts his title on the line against former title contender Yoel Romero. Paulo Costa recently defeated Romero, but since Costa cannot compete due to an injury, Romero has received the opportunity which has sparked debate among many.
In the night’s co-main event spot, former UFC strawweight title holder Joanna Jedrzejczyk will look to earn championship gold once again as she meets current champion Weili Zhang at 115-pounds.
Order the UFC 248 fight card by clicking the image below:
The fight card kicks off with a preliminary card stream on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. The preliminary bouts continue on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card airing live on ESPN+ pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Yesterday Emily Whitmire missed weight for her strawweight bout against Polyana Viana. Whitmire was fined 20 percent of her purse. Today she would be taken to a nearby hospital emergency room and the fight removed from the card. More to follow on that story.
Big knockout to kick things off tonight in Las Vegas as a left hook from Danaa Batgerel floored Guido Cannetti to open up the show.
ONE PUNCH POWER! 👊
Danaa Batgerel kicking off #UFC248 in STYLE! 👏
— UFC (@ufc) March 8, 2020
Welcome to the UFC Rodolfo Vieira. The submission specialist is cut open early in his fight with Saparbek Safarov, but he is able to survive and submit his opponent in under three minutes.
There’s the tap! 😤
— UFC (@ufc) March 8, 2020
UFC 248 results below:
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Israel Adesanya defeated Yoel Romero via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) – for middleweight title
Weili Zhang defeated Joanna Jędrzejczyk via split decision (47-48, 47-48, 48-47)– for strawweight title
Beneil Dariush defeated Drakkar Klose via KO – Round 2, 1:00
Neil Magny defeated Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alex Oliveira defeated Max Griffin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
ESPN Preliminary Card
Sean O’Malley defeated Jose Quinonez via TKO – Round 1, 2:02
Mark Madsen defeated Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rodolfo Vieira defeated Saparbek Safarov via submission (head and arm choke) – Round 1, 2:58
Gerald Meerschaert defeated Deron Winn via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:13
ESPN+ Preliminary Card
Emily Whitmire vs. Polyana Viana – fight canceled after Whitmire taken to hospital today
Giga Chikadze defeated Jamall Emmers via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Danaa Batgerel defeated Guido Cannetti via KO – Round 1, 3:01