UFC 248 odds, predictions: MMA insider shares picks for Adesanya vs. Romero, Zhang vs. Jedrzejczyk

Two recently crowned champions will defend their belts for the first time at UFC 248 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The 12-bout UFC stop from T-Mobile Arena starts with preliminary fights at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the main UFC 248 fight card two hours later. Undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (18-0) takes on third-ranked challenger Yoel Romero in the main event.

Adesanya continued his torrid run through the division with a knockout of Robert Whittaker to win the title in October. Romero (13-4) hopes to make the most of his third title shot and become a UFC champ for the first time. Adesanya is a -275 favorite (risk $275 to win $100), while Romero is a +235 underdog in the latest Adesanya vs. Romero odds. In the co-main event, Weili Zhang (-180) defends the women’s strawweight belt against fourth-ranked Joanna Jedrzejczyk (+160). Before making your UFC 248 picks, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Brandon Wise has to say.

A CBS Sports editor specializing in MMA, Wise has been covering the fast-growing sport for five years. He specializes in picking main-card fights for UFC, which has enabled him to be profitable every year.  Wise started 2020 with a bang by going a blistering 4-1 with his main-card picks at UFC 247.

Wise told SportsLine members that there was value on Justin Tafa (+190) against Juan Adams in a battle of heavyweight contenders on the main card. He reasoned that Tafa’s power and assertive style could lead to a quick knockout, and that’s exactly what happened as Tafa finished Adams in the first round. Wise’s followers easily cashed a big underdog winner and anyone who has consistently followed him is way up. 

Now, with UFC 248 in sight, Wise has broken down every matchup on the main card and released his picks. He’s only sharing those here. 

Adesanya vs. Romero preview 

Wise knows the stylistic contrast in the main event could make for an entertaining matchup. Adesanya is known for his quickness and agility, while Romero is noted for his preference for brute force. The 30-year-old Adesanya is fast becoming one of the promotion’s most popular fighters. He’s unabashedly flashy and arrogant, unafraid to trash-talk his opponents but also capable of backing it up. The Nigerian fighter’s doubters were silenced when he knocked out reigning champion Robert Whittaker in October at UFC 243 to unify the middleweight champion.  He did so on Whittaker’s home turf in Australia.

Even so, he can’t afford to take Romero lightly. The 42-year-old Cuban often shows athleticism befitting someone half his age, as he displayed while doing a standing backflip in a press conference for UFC 248.

He is known for his memorable and bloody brawls, and came out on the short end of a controversial decision in his last one. He suffered a split-decision defeat against Paulo Costa in their August bout. But Romero skipped the second-ranked Costa in line for a title shot because the Brazilian is shelved indefinitely with injuries. You can see Wise’s full Adesanya vs. Romero picks here. 

Top UFC 248 predictions

We’ll share one of Wise’s UFC 248 main-card predictions here: He is backing Weili Zhang (-180) against Joanna Jedrzejczyk (+160) in the women’s strawweight title bout. 

Similar to main event headliner Adesanya, Zhang (20-1) has seen her stock skyrocket based on a series of impressive performances. The 30-year-old has reeled off 20 consecutive wins since losing her professional debut and captured the strawweight belt with an upset of Jessica Andrade in August. 

Jedrzejczyk (16-3) has been in the UFC since July 2014 and is one of the most respected female fighters in the history of the promotion. The former two-division champ returned to strawweight following a loss to Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title last year.

“Jedrzejczyk will try to play out on the outside with her jab and score points without inflicting a ton of damage, but Zhang will be too much,” Wise told SportsLine. “Look for the Chinese champion to retain her title with the powerful striking that won her the belt.” 

How to make UFC 248 picks

Wise also has strong picks for Adesanya vs. Romero and every other bout on the main UFC 248 card. He’s also backing a fighter to “continue his destructive ways” and get the victory on Saturday. Get every pick for every fight on the UFC Las Vegas main card at SportsLine.

Who wins Adesanya vs. Romero? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight on the UFC 248 main card, all from the accomplished expert who has been profitable for five straight years, and find out. 

UFC 248 odds

Israel Adesanya (-275) vs. Yoel Romero (+235)
Weili Zhang (-180) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (+160)
Beniel Dariush (-165) vs. Drakkar Klose (+145)
Li Jingliang (-165) vs. Neil Magny (+145)
Alex Oliveira (-145) vs. Max Griffin (+125)

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