UFC 248 has a new main event.
Yoel Romero (13-4) will challenge Israel Adesanya (18-0) for the UFC middleweight belt on March 7th in Las Vegas.
The two were engaged in a bit of a social media spat. Each side showed interest in booking the fight, as did UFC president Dana White. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto finally confirmed yesterday that this fight would, indeed, happen:
Adesanya explained why he wanted this fight, both complementing and demeaning the Cuban former Olympian: “No one asked to fight Yoel. I said I want to fight the baddest [expletive] in there. So we called him out even though he’s on a two-fight losing streak. He’s lost three of his last four.”
Romero, on the other hand, is coming off a controversial decision loss to Paulo Costa.
Whatever one thinks of the merits of this fight, fit is certainly the most “fun” of all the potential middleweight matchups at the moment.