Israel Adesanya ‘The Last Stylebender’ improved his UFC record to 19-0 after a unanimous points victory over Challenger Yoel Romero on Saturday night at UFC 248 in Las Vegas.
Adesanya successfully defended his UFC Middleweight championship title against Romero (13-5-0), but fight observers described the main card event as a borefest.
UFC President Dana White laid into the Cuban for failing to take the fight to Adesanya in his post-fight remarks.
“I’m shocked,” White said. “Romero knew this was his last opportunity at a world championship. I thought he was gonna come out like a bat out of hell, put tons of pressure on him, shoot takedowns, try to knock him out. He did literally none of that. If you’re Adesanya, he fought the smart fight. You stay on the outside, he chopped that leg apart, and he picked his punches and did what he did. Romero did a lot of moving around and acting like he was trying to fight but he never really did.
“Hindsight is 20/20. We probably shouldn’t have done that fight and we should have waited for Costa. Oh well, we did it.”
“Right from the bell he came out and just stood there with his hands up. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,” White said. “I thought he was gonna come out like a madman,” said White.
The Adesanya vs Romero fight was pulled up after injury to the mandatory contender Paulo Costa.
Costa, 28, faced Romero on August 17, 2019 at UFC 241. He won the fight via unanimous decision and it earned him the Fight of the Night award.
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