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Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya was the main man in 248 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where he retained his UFC middleweight championship After Beating Yoel Romero.

Nigeria's Israel Adesanya Retains UFC Middleweight Championship After Beating Romero

Israel Adesanya successfully defended his UFC middleweight championship with a unanimous-decision win over Yoel Romero.

Adesanya improved to 19-0 after getting the better of Romero in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Judges scored the bout 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46 in Adesanya’s favour.

After the points win, Adesanya Said “It was a hard fight but cliché I did what I had to do,” Adesanya said in his postfight interview. “I f—ed his leg up. I did what I had to do. I picked him apart. I did what I had to do to win that fight.”

Romero (13-5) has now lost four of his last five and is 0-3 in official title fights. He put the blame on Adesanya even though he was the one who failed to do much in the remaining 15 minutes.

Romero expressed his frustration following the fight that Adesanya did not do enough to beat him.

“He’s running and running and running,” Romero said. “Like the people in Rome, like the gladiators. That’s what the people want to see here.

“People bought the pay-per-view to see a real fight — not this. You need to have respect for people. People paid for a pay-per-view, for what? For a fight.”

Adesanya only joined the UFC in February 2018, but the Nigeria-born, New Zealand-raised fighter has been among the UFC’s fastest-rising stars since the moment he hit the cage.

He won his first seven UFC fights while displaying his incredible athleticism and all-around skills, steamrolling the middleweight division once ruled by pound-for-pound legend Anderson Silva.