UFC 248 Pre-Fight Videos
The big UFC pay-per-views keep coming. Three weeks ago, Conor McGregor returned in the main event at UFC 246 after fifteen months away from the Octagon and stopped ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds. This weekend sees Jon Jones defend his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes and Valentina Shevchenko defend her flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian, at UFC 247. And then in four weeks time, Israel Adesanya is set to make his first middleweight title defence against Yoel Romero at UFC 248.
Not to mention the following month, we have Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson headlining UFC 249, but we can worry about that later.
After knocking out Robert Whittaker in the second round at UFC 243 in front of 55,000 thousand fans inside the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Adesanya’s first title defence would be against Paulo Costa.
However, after Costa was forced to undergo surgery on his injured bicep, Adesanya decided to take a fight with the man no one wants to fight, Romero, rather that wait for the unbeaten Brazil to return from his operation.
And if the main event wasn’t enough to look forward to, the UFC 248 co-main event will see Zhang Weili make her first strawweight title defence against the former champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Zhang won the title last August, beating Jessica Andrade at UFC Shenzhen to become China’s first ever UFC champion. The Brazilian had won the title beating Rose Namajunas, who had dethroned Jedrzejczyk.
Elsewhere on the UFC 248 card, Zhang’s fellow Chinese fighter Li Jingliang faces Neil Magny in an exciting welterweight clash, and Derek Brunson takes on the unbeaten 22 year old Edmen Shahbazyan, in a huge middleweight contest.
UFC 248 goes down on March 7th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As we get closer to UFC 248, we will post the very best pre-fight videos to this page, including the Embedded Series, Open Workouts, Face Offs and Weigh-ins.
And we will start off with the pre-fight press conference, which went down in Houston, ahead of the UFC 247 ceremonial weigh-ins. The press conference featured Israel Adesanya, Yoel Romero and UFC president, Dana White.
Adesanya and Romero dance off: