UFC 248 Recap and Predictions

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As UFC 248 closes out over the Las Vegas Skyline, the main card failed to disappoint. UFC 248 was held in the T-Mobile Arena and whenever the UFC comes to the Sin City, they always put on a show. The last time the UFC was in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was for the triumphant return of the Notorious Conor McGregor. Now, let’s take a look into the fights. Here is our UFC 248 Recap and Predictions.

Takeaways From UFC 248

  • Alex Oliveira defeats Max Griffin via Split Decision 
  • Neil Magney defeats Li Jingliang via Unanimous Decision 
  • Beneil Dariush finishes Drakkar Klose via 2nd round KO 
  • Zhang Weili defends her Strawweight title against Joanna Jędrzejczyk via Split Decision 
  • Israel Adesanya defends his Middleweight title against Yoel Romero via Unanimous Decision 

Alex Oliveira Mounts a Comeback to Defeat Max Griffin 

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The Brazilian Cowboy Alex Oliveira came back after the first half of his bout against the American Max Griffin to win the bout via a split decision. The judges scored the bout 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28, snapping his three-fight losing streak. So what’s next for the Cowboy and Max ‘Pain’ Griffin? 

  • Alex Oliveira 
    • Matt Brown 
  • Max Griffin 
    • James Vick

Neil Magney Dominates Li Jingliang From Bell to Bell to Earn a Unanimous Decision Win

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After a 16-month lay-off, Neil Magney is back in the UFC Octagon and he put on an amazing performance against Chinese powerhouse Li Jingliang. From the start of the first round to the end of the third, Neil Magney was swarming Li Jingliang on the feet and on the ground to win a unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27. So what’s next?

  • Neil Magney 
    • Michael Chiesa 
  • Li Jingliang 
    • Alexey Kunchenko

Beneil Dariush Finishes Drakkar Klose via One Punch KO 

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This fight was one of my favorites from tonight’s main card. Those expecting to see Dariush put his grappling skills on display were disappointed, as Klose and Dariush put on a show, going to war during the second round resulting in Dariush delivering a swift KO in the second round and extending his win-streak to 4. What’s next for the fighters? 

  • Beneil Dariush 
    • Gregor Gillespie 
  • Drakkar Klose 
    • Michael Johnson 

Zhang Weili Defends Her Strawweight Title Against Former Champ Joanna Jędrzejczyk

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Zhang Weili and Joanna Jędrzejczyk put on a show for the audience in a fight that could have been the main event. When the dust settled, Zhang Weili remained champion, receiving a score of 48-47, 47-48, and 48-47 to win via split decision to extend her win streak to a whopping 21. So what’s next? 

  • Zhang Weili
    • Tatiana Suarez
  • Joanna Jędrzejczyk
    • Nina Ansaroff

Israel Adesanya Defeats Yoel Romero to Remain Middleweight Champion

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In a bizarre main event, Israel Adesanya faced off against Yoel Romero to defend his middleweight title for the first time. He did so winning via Unanimous Decision with scores of 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 to extend Adesanya’s win streak to 19. So what’s next?

  • Israel Adesanya 
    • Paulo Costa
  • Yoel Romero 
    • Jared Cannonier

Next week, the UFC heads to Brazil with a card headlined by Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveria. They are also joined by veteran Demian Maia who faces off against fellow countryman Gilbert Burns.

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