UFC 248: Romero returns for what could be his last shot at UFC gold
This weekend, “The Soldier of God” Yoel Romero (13-4) makes his return to the Octagon to take on the Middleweight Champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya (18-0), in what many are speculating could be his last chance to obtain the prestigious UFC gold.
I have seen many say that they disagree that this bout should be happening at all in the first place. But a more optimistic mind would sit back and wonder how great this fight could potentially be. Forget about Romero’s last two losses. They both came down to close split decisions. Many will argue that he won both of those fights too. That should be overlooked in my mind. Sure, Costa should have been next, but he was injured at the time. So, let’s focus on the present and what this fight can be.
Stylistically I think this fight should lean more towards Romero if he focused on his wrestling, though Adesanya has proven that he is not an easy person to takedown. But can Adesanya stuff an Olympic Silver Medalist takedowns? We’re going to haver to wait to find out.
While Romero has such an outstanding background in wrestling, another thing he is also known for is his pure athleticism and power during stand up exchanges. This man hits like a truck, jumps like a kangaroo, and can take shots like the terminator. It’s unreal. And did I mention he is 42 years old?! But age is just a number when it comes to Romero. I mean, this southpaw has taken out some savages and former champions, such as Derek Brunson, Lyoto Machida, Chris Weidman, and Luke Rockhold. All of which came by a finish.
At the end of the day, it only takes one shot — and Romero is very capable of delivering it. The only question is, can he land it? Adesanya is by no means an easy target. His ability to weave in and out following up with pinpoint precise shots is phenomenal. It is going to take a perfect game plan for Romero to take out Adesanya.
I think this scrap will be an absolute banger. But as I said, I think it would take the perfect game plan for Romero to win. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want Adesanya to win. The matchups that involve him are great. But the same can be said for Romero. We’re just going to have to wait and see how this unfolds this Saturday.
Your friendly neighborhood MMA enthusiast.