Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya today defeated Yoel Romero in UFC 248 to remain the middleweight champion.
With this, he is now the fastest fighter to go 8-0 in the UFC (755 days), passing Anderson Silva (850 days).
14 of his 19 wins are by KO/TKO. With his title defense, the UFC remains with TWO champions from Nigeria: Adesanya and Kamaru Usman.
The fight is regarded as one of the least active and most bizarre in UFC history.
This was Adesanya’s first title defence after beating Robert Whittaker to win the middleweight title at UFC 243 last October.
Throughout the fight, fans booed and at one point in the third round, started shining the flashlights on their cellphones.
“As long as (the judges) didn’t listen to the crowd, I was fine,” Adesanya said.
When the result was announced, more boos followed.
Afterward, Romero said it was “my victory.” The fans, who cheered him afterward, seemed to agree.
Adesanya chose to fight Romero as top contender, Paulo Costa, was yet to return from bicep surgery.
Adesanya (19-0) remained undefeated with the victory. The 30-year-old has won all of his eight UFC fights.
However, Romero (13-5) has lost three straight. The 42-year-old Cuba native has not won a fight since 2018. He won the wrestling silver medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Figures obtained from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) show that Adesanya made a disclosed guarantee of $500,000 for the fight, while Romero made at least $300,000.