UFC taps Jared Cannonier as backup fighter for UFC 248 Adesanya vs. Romero main event, Jared Cannonier may still be stuck in a lurch for the upcoming UFC 248 card on March 7th, but it’s a lurch with a potentially huge upside now.
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
March 7, 2020 at 4:15pm EST
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UFC Middleweight Championship
Israel Adesanya (18-0) (c) vs. Yoel Romero (13-4)
UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship
Weili Zhang (c) (20-1) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-3)
Neil Magny (21-7) vs. Li Jingliang (17-5)
Jared Cannonier (13-4) vs. Darren Till (18-2-1)
Beneil Dariush (17-4-1) vs. Drakkar Klose (11-1-1)
Emily Whitmire (4-3) vs. Polyana Viana (10-4)
Guido Cannetti (8-4) vs. Danaa Batgerel (6-2)
Sean O’Malley (10-0) vs. Jose Quinonez (8-3)
Rodolfo Vieira (6-0) vs. Saparbek Safarov (9-2)
Alex Oliveira (19-8-1, 2NC) vs. Max Griffin (15-7)
Mark Madsen (9-0) vs. Austin Hubbard (11-3)
Movsar Evloev (12-0) vs. Douglas Silva De Andrade (26-3, 1NC)
Gerald Meerschaert (30-12) vs. Deron Winn (6-1)
UFC president Dana White confirmed that while Cannonier may not end up getting an opponent for the Las Vegas event after both Robert Whittaker and Darren Till fell through, he could end up in the main event should one of the participants fall out due to injury.
Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya is slated to take on the always terrifying Yoel Romero, so the backup slot comes with a chance to jump into a title fight and win a belt. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Cannonier’s original opponent Robert Whittaker pulled out of their fight in January due to a private family matter. The UFC then turned to Darren Till, but it sounds like Till is demanding more money for the fight. In typical fashion, Dana White insists Till’s ankle is injured. Till says it’s good enough to fight and just needs the right offer from the UFC.
When asked about the chances of Cannonier vs. Till coming together at the UFC 247 post-fight press conference, White didn’t sound confident.
“I have no idea,” he said. “Off the top of my head right here, right now, I don’t know the answer to that question.”
So as of now, Jared has nothing lined up but the slight possibility of a sudden title shot. And hey, if Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero keep engaging in the high risk dance moves we just saw at their last press conference, injury certainly is a possibility.
Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero face-off quickly becomes dance-off
Yoel Romero and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya are not known for their dancing, but certainly weren’t afraid to show off their moves.
UFC President Dana White was left speechless after two of the sport’s biggest name ended their face-off on Saturday with a bizarre dance-off.
UFC 248 is four weeks away, and the main card middleweight fight between undefeated Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero is set to light up T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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Although the MMA fighters were eager to set the tone during their face-off, the two spontaneously erupted in a cheeky dance.
Romero unconvincingly executed a backflip, ending up in the splits, while Adesanya’s shuffle resembled a samba, followed by a Michael Jackson hip thrust, with added crotch grab.
Meanwhile, White awkwardly stood between them, unsure how to react.
“Never been part of a staredown like this,” White posted to Twitter.
Earlier in the press conference, a journalist asked Adesanya about the prospect of facing American fighter Jon Jones in the future. The New Zealander’s response was blunt and to the point.
“F*** Jon Jones, this is about 248,” Adesanya proclaimed.
“Enough of that motherf***** … f*** that c***, we’re done with him. Next question.”
Adesanya is the current UFC Middleweight Champion, undefeated after 18 professional MMA fights, 14 by knockout.
UFC 248 takes place Sunday, March 8th in Las Vegas.
DEBUTANT STUNS IN DUBAI PROBELLUM
Unknown MMA fighter Abrobek Madaminbekov made his debut at the Dubai Probellum on Saturday, and stunned audiences with an absurd knock out.
The bout had entered the second round at The Rotunda in Dubai, when Madaminbekov’s straight right jab sent opponent Shady Taimu to the floor.
The 57kg flyweight from Uzbekistan has proven his worth, and could be a future MMA star if Saturday’s KO is anything to go by.
Former fighter Tam Khan manages Madaminbekov, and had nothing but praise for the debutant.
“Huge KO from my fighter Abrorbek tonight in Dubai! Made his Pro debut in great style. So proud of him. Watch this space. This kid is going to the top” he tweeted.