UFC 248: Yoel Romero Calls Israel Adesanya’s Performance a “Huge Disrespect” to MMA
By FCF Staff
After failing to win the middleweight title again at UFC 248, Yoel Romero accused Israel Adesanya of disrespecting fans and the sport with his performance.
Romero came out tentatively in the card’s headliner and looked to counter throughout much of the contest. After 25 minutes, which featured very few exchanges, neither fighter had landed over 50 strikes. Adesanya, however, scored a few more and was handed the decision win.
During the post-fight press conference, Romero argued that Adesanya and his movement, was the reason for the lackluster bout (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“The only thing I feel is that I’m ashamed that I couldn’t give the fans a fight or a war that everybody wanted,” Romero said. “It just became a running match and I just feel bad in general. It’s a huge disrespect that supposedly an apparent grand champion of the UFC—It’s a disrespect comparing him to Anderson Silva.
“Anderson Silva at 30 years old would make the whole stadium stand up. It’s a huge disrespect what Israel did today for the fans and for the sport of the UFC.”
Following UFC 248, Dana White blasted Romero for his performance and argued that the contender’s approach was responsible for the disappointing fight.