UFC 248 fight card — Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero: Date, odds, start time, PPV price, complete guide

UFC is ready to kick off its latest PPV endeavor on Saturday night in Las Vegas with a pair of title fights on the marquee for UFC 248. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will defend his 185-pound crown against two-time title challenger Yoel Romero while women’s strawweight champ Weili Zhang puts her strap on the line against former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Romero has a complicated relationship with middleweight championship bouts. At UFC 213, Romero lost an interim championship fight to Whittaker in his first bid for UFC gold. The loss was the first of Romero’s Octagon career. In his next fight, Romero again was scheduled to fight for the interim belt. He defeated Luke Rockhold in that fight, but had missed weight, making him ineligible to win the title. A rematch with Whittaker was next, and with it a shot at the undisputed middleweight crown. Romero lost by split decision. He now comes into the fight with Adesanya off a decision loss to Paulo Costa and with a 1-3 record in his four most recent fights.

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Adesanya sports a perfect 18-0 record in MMA, including seven wins in the UFC. Those seven UFC victories have all come since 2018, keeping a very active schedule for such a high-level fighter. Adesanya won the interim version of the title by beating Kelvin Gastelum in arguably the best fight of 2019 and then became undisputed champion by knocking out Whittaker in a dominant performance last October.

The rest of the card could be just as exciting as the main event. The always exciting Beneil Dariush returns in a featured bout against Drakkar Klose. Plus, Sean O’Malley is back in the featured prelim bout against Jose Quinonez after a two-year hiatus from USADA.

Below is the complete fight card for Saturday night as well as everything that happened this week in the lead up to the event that you need to catch up on. CBS Sports will be with you throughout the night with updates, results and recaps for all the action in Houston. Check back in on this page to keep track.

UFC 248 fight card

  • Israel Adesanya (c) -270 vs. Yoel Romero +220 — Middleweight title
  • Weili Zhang (c) -165 vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk +140 — Women’s strawweight title
  • Beneil Dariush -165 vs. Drakkar Klose +140 — Lightweights
  • Li Jingliang -175 vs. Neil Magny +150 — Welterweights
  • Alex Oliveira -150 vs. Max Griffin +125 — Welterweights
  • Sean O’Malley -360 vs. Jose Quinonez +260 — Bantamweights
  • Mark Madsen -220 vs. Austin Hubbard +180 — Lightweights
  • Rodolfo Vieira -800 vs. Saparbek Safarov +550 — Middleweights
  • Deron Winn -150 vs. Gerald Meerschaert +125 — Middleweights
  • Polyana Viana -125 vs. Emily Whitmire -105 — Women’s strawweights
  • Jamall Emmers -160 vs. Giga Chikadze +135 — Featherweights
  • Danaa Batgerel -150 vs. Guido Cannetti +125 — Bantamweights

UFC 248 viewing info

Date: March 7 | Location: T-Mobile Arena — Las Vegas
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Stream: ESPN+ | Price: $64.99

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