LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria battles Yoel Romero (not pictured) in their … [+]
Two title fights headlined last night’s UFC 248 fight card. In the main event While in the co-headliner, Weili Zhang took a split decision over Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
In what was a very slow paced middleweight title fight, Israel Adesanya used leg strikes to defeat Yoel Romero. After the win, Adesanya said, “I did what I had to do to win that fight.”
In what might go down as the best title fights in UFC women’s history, Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk went toe-to-toe for 25 minutes for the strawweight title. The fight came down to power vs. volume as Zhang retained her title with a split decision win over Jedrzejczyk.
Beneil Dariush spent much of the first round of his fight against Drakkar Klose draped on Klose’s back looking for a rear-naked choke. When Klose got back to his corner after that round, his coaches told him to push Dariush because his legs would be burned out. Klose listened to that advice. He pushed Dariush to the cage and unloaded with strikes. Dariush did not back down and returned fire, forcing Klose across the octagon, before dropping him and ending the fight 60 seconds into the second stanza.
Neil Magny dominated Li Jingliang in a welterweight contest in the second bout of UFC 248. Magny used his striking and wrestling skills to overwhelm Jingliang, landing four takedowns and outstriking his opponent 123 to 16 in total strikes landed. Magny’s performance earned him a unanimous decision win.
The pay-per-view portion of the card opened with a bloody battle between Alex Oliveira and Max Griffin. Griffin did a good job early in the contest using his pressure to keep Oliveira on his back foot for most of the round. The momentum of the fight changed when Oliveira opened a large cut above Griffin’s eye with a nasty uppercut. Oliveira won the fight via split decision.
UFC 248 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
Below are the payouts for the main event fighters from last night’s UFC 248:
Israel Adesanya: $500,000 flat Yoel Romero: $350,000 flat
Weili Zhang: $200,000 ($100,000/$100000) Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $106,000
Beneil Dariush: $140,000 ($70,000/$70,000) Drakkar Klose: $40,000
Neil Magny: $152,000 ($76,000/$76,000) Li Jingliang: $64,000
Alex Oliveira: $128,000 ($64,000/$64,000) Max Griffin: $35,000