Nigerian-born mixed martial arts fighter Israel Adesanya will tomorrow aim to defend his title against the number 3 contender Yoel Romero in the middleweight championship, UFC 248.
The Last Sylebender scored the win in a bizarre, mostly uneventful affair that saw both fighters mostly play it safe.
In winning the fight, Adesanya runs his undefeated record to 19-0 and solidifies himself as the best middleweight on the planet. The 30-year-old added one of the scariest fighters in the division to a list of victims that already includes Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.
Adesanya’s ascent to UFC stardom has been drastic. He made his UFC debut in February 2018 and has skyrocketed to impressive champion in 2020.
Now, the Nigerian-born fighter will likely turn his focus to other challengers in the middleweight division, although he seems to have set his sights on an even bigger picture.
Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman, has acknowledged the middleweight division has more than one contender the champion should beat before looking beyond his division.