UFC 248: Dana White Blasts Yoel Romero Following Disappointing Headliner
By FCF Staff
Following UFC 248, which saw both Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero land less than 50 strikes each respectively, Dana White blamed the challenger for the disappointing bout.
Romero was extremely tentative throughout much of the bout, and instead, looked to land with countering blitzes. As a result, the fight featured very few, striking exchanges and boos rang out in various periods. After 25 minutes, Adesanya retained the middleweight title via unanimous decision.
During the post-fight press conference, White was asked to comment on the lackluster outing, and here’s some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I do (think it was Romero’s fault),” White said. “He literally went out and stood in the middle of the … when the bell rang in the first round, just stood there with his hands up. You know what I mean? You’re going in and facing the world champion. This is your last shot at a championship. You shouldn’t even be here getting this title fight. It should be Paulo Costa. If he didn’t get hurt, you don’t even get this opportunity. You go in, and you do everything you can to win that fight. He literally did none of that.”
“…A path back to the title after that performance?” White said. “You’re crazy even asking that question right now. He looked terrible tonight. He literally gave up an opportunity tonight. Maybe he comes back in his next fight and looks like Yoel Romero. But if he doesn’t, I wouldn’t expect him to fight another 10 years looking like that.”
With the defeat, the 42-year-old Romero’s record fell to 14-5. The wrestler has lost three straight.