By Tawny Cox
Two title defenses are on the horizon as Israel Adesanya defends his Middleweight title against Yoel Romero this Saturday, March 7 at the T-mobile arena in Las Vegas, NV. Weili Zhang puts her belt up against the boogie woman, Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the Strawweight crown.
Adesanya (18-0) beat Robert Whittaker back in October 2019 to win the middleweight title in the second round with a left hook to the chin that dropped him, followed by a few ground-n-pound strikes. He defends his title for the first time against Yoel Romero (13-4) who is coming off a close decision loss to Paulo Costa. Romero is a fan favorite because of his explosive power and sculptured stature.
Weili Zhang (20-1), who will also defend her belt for the first time tomorrow, snatched it away from Jessica Andrade back in August 2019 in 42 seconds which earned her a performance of the night bonus. She faces up against the strawweight queen, “Joanna Champion” (16-3) as some call her, which will surely be one of the best fights of the night.
The main card is rounded out with Lightweight bout Beneil Dariush (17-4) v Drakkar Klose (11-1-1), Welterweights Neil Magny (21-7) v Li Jingliang (17-5), Welterweights Alex Oliveira (19-8) v Max Griffin (15-7).
The Prelims kick off at 5 p.m. EST with Gerald Meerschaert (29-12) v Deron Winn (6-1), Middleweights undefeated Rodolfo Vieira v Saparbek Safarov (9-2), Lightweights undefeated Mark Madsen v Austin Hubbard (11-3), and Bantamweights undefeated Suga Sean O’Malley v Jose Alberto Quinonez (8-3).
Watch the weigh-ins here