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Who won Adesanya vs Romero?
Israel Adesanya beat Yoel Romero by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC 248, on Saturday 7th March 2020 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Israel Adesanya.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
This contest was for the UFC middleweight championship.
Adesanya vs Romero stats
Israel Adesanya stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 18 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Yoel Romero made his way to the ring with a record of 13 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Romero had a slight advantage in power over Adesanya, with a 85% knock out percentage over Adesanya's 78%.
Israel Adesanya was the younger man by 12 years, at 32 years old.
Adesanya had a height advantage of 4 inches over Romero. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Adesanya was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 1 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 year and 3 months later than Romero, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 5 less professional rounds, 49 to Romero's 54.
Adesanya vs Romero form
Adesanya had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Previous to that, he had beat Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Anderson Silva at UFC 234 on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia.
Before that, he had beat Derek Brunson at UFC 230 on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
He had defeated Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale on 6th July 2018 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Last Vegas.
Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Romero's last 4 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 3 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4 rounds on average.