UFC 248 went down tonight (Sat. March 7, 2020) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and we have the results. The world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion compiled an excellent card for fight fans to enjoy.
It was headlined by a meeting between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero for the middleweight title.
In the co-main event, Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a women’s strawweight title bout was set. Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose in a lightweight bout, Li Jingliang vs. Neil Magny, and Max Griffin vs. Alex Oliveira welterweight showdowns rouned out the five-bout main card.
Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero
An odd start to this one as Yoel was covering up and neither fighter threw a strike in the first two minutes. The highlight was Romero landing a big left hand and a jumping kick. He only threw two strikes in the first round. Romero cracked him with a left hand. Adesanya started to get in closer and got looser in round two. Things started to pick up once it hit the third round. Adesanya was landing through his leg kicks but it came down to him managing the risks of his strikes while Yoel was waiting for his openings and capitalizing on them. Yoel got poked in the eye in the fourth round and once they went back to fighting, Yoel went and got a takedown but the champ was right back up. Yoel went for another takedown in round four but Adesanya shut it down and avoided a flurry of strikes. In the end, it was Adesanya who got the unanimous decision win.
Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Jedrzejczyk was back peddling through the first round as Zhang was pushing forward and catching her with strikes in exchanges while Jedrzejczyk was landing and getting out. In the second round, they included clinch work up against the fence with Jedrzejczyk landing some big knee strikes. Zhang cracked her with a right hand then followed up with a sidekick. Zhang got a brief takedown but Jedrzejczyk got back up. Once the third round came around, Zhang started to tire out and threw fewer shots. At the same time, Jedrzejczyk was turning up the production. Zhang worked for the takedown and got them briefly before Jedrzejczyk got back to her feet. Jedrzejczyk had a big hematoma on her forehead. The battle continued in the fourth round with Zhang targeting the hematoma while the challenger increased her elbow strikes. Once the final round came around, they just started throwing bombs. The judges gave the win to Zhang by split decision to retain her title.
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose
In the first round, Dariush managed to get on his back while standing and was trying to choke him with one arm. Klose did a nice job of defending it. In the second round, Klose came out swinging and stunned him. Dariush rushed back and they had a wild exchange with Klose dropping and Dariush earning the KO win.
Li Jingliang vs. Neil Magny
Li hurt him with a big overhand right and Magny immediately went and got the takedown. Li was able to get back to his feet and answered with his own takedown until Magny pushed him off in round one. In the second round, the fight turned into a clinching fest. Magny was overwhelming Li with his pace and strikes that got Li tired. Magny lit him up like a Christmas tree near the end of the second round with strikes up against the fence that led to him getting a takedown. The judges gave the win to Magny.
Max Griffin vs. Alex Oliveira
Griffin managed to score a takedown with about two minutes to go in the first round where he got top position and landed some shots. Oliveira got up and went for a kimura but landed odd on his leg to end the first round. Griffin had a cut above his right eye that was bleeding pretty good. Oliveira was doing a nice job of landing leg kicks while mixing up takedown attempts with Griffin. Oliveira got a takedown in the third round where he rained down some big shots but Griffin managed to scramble and get on top to unleash his own damage. In the end, it was Oliveira who scored the split decision win.
Quick UFC 248 Results
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Middleweight title bout: Israel Adesanya def. Yoel Romero by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) to retain UFC middleweight Championship
- Women’s strawweight title bout: Weili Zhang def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) to retain the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship
- Lightweight bout: Beneil Dariush def. Drakkar Klose by knockout (punch) at 1:00 of Round 2
- Welterweight bout: Neil Magny def. Li Jingliang by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Welterweight bout: Alex Oliveira def. Max Griffin via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
- Bantamweight bout: Sean O’Malley def. Jose Quinonez by TKO (punches) at 2:02 of Round 1
- Lightweight bout: Mark O. Madsen def. Austin Hubbard by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Middleweight bout: Rodolfo Vieira def. Saparbeg Safarov by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:58 of Round 1
- Middleweight bout: Gerald Meerschaert def. Deron Winn by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of Round 3
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 7:00 p.m. ET)
- Featherweight bout: Giga Chikadze def. Jamall Emmers by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bantamweight bout: Danaa Batgerel def. Guido Cannetti via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:01