UFC 248 official with Israel Adesanya and Zhang Weili to defend

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Israel Adesanya’s first title defense goes down at UFC 248. Photo: Getty Images.

UFC returns to T-Mobile Arena with two thrilling world championship bouts.

Undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya goes for another show-stealing performance against No. 3 ranked contender Yoel Romero.

Strawweight champion Zhang Weili will take on the toughest test of her career when she meets former titleholder and No. 4 ranked contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

UFC 248: Adesanya vs. Romero will take place Sunday, 8 March (Asia time) in Las Vegas and will stream live on pay-per-view.

One of the standout fighters of 2019, Adesanya (18-0) capped off the year by dethroning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in front of the largest-ever UFC live audience.

The former kickboxer has also earned spectacular victories against Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson. Adesanya now looks to kick off his 2020 with another highlight-reel finish to secure his first successful title defense.

A perennial contender at 185 pounds, Romero (13-4) is considered one of the most dangerous competitors in the entire sport.

The 2000 Olympic silver medalist wrestler has delivered sensational knockout wins over former UFC champions Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. Romero now aims to achieve his destiny by capturing UFC gold and handing Adesanya his first MMA loss.

The first Chinese UFC champion, Zhang (20-1) made history when she delivered a spectacular 42-second knockout against Jessica Andrade in August to capture the title.

Riding a 20-fight win streak, Zhang has also netted impressive victories over Tecia Torres, Jessica Aguilar and Danielle Taylor since joining the UFC roster in 2018.

She now aims to secure her first successful title defense against the former strawweight queen.

The most dominant champion in UFC strawweight history, Jedrzejczyk (16-3) successfully defended her title five times during a reign that lasted more than two years.

Throughout her career, she has delivered thrilling victories against Michelle Waterson, Claudia Gadelha (twice), Jessica Penne and Carla Esparza. Jedrzejczyk now aims to further add to her legacy by becoming the first fighter to reclaim the UFC’s 115-pound championship.

Additional bouts include:

Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
Alex Oliveira vs. Max Griffin
Rodolfo Vieira vs Saparbek Safarov
Neil Magny vs. Li Jingliang
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose
Emily Whitmire vs. Polyana Viana
Danaa Batgerel vs. Guido Cannetti

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