5 Lessons Learned – UFC 248

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1. We Witnessed Greatness

Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk went to war in the UFC 248 Co-Main Event and ultimately saved what was a lackluster card.

No one envied the judge’s having to split the two Strawweight fighters after an epic battle that many are describing as the greatest Women’s fight in the history of the promotion.

Zhang landed an incredible 170/413 strikes with 165 of those being significant. Joanna landed 196/370 strikes with 186 of them significant.

I remember a time when the president thought that women shouldn’t be fighting in the UFC. How times have changed.

This reaction from other UFC fighters straight after the final bell says it all.

2. Yoel Romero Is A Sore Loser

I’m not sure if Yoel Romero’s performance inside or outside the ring at UFC 248 was worse.

Dana White and the UFC gave Romero a title shot after losing three of his last four fights and it’s safe to say he did not take what is surely his last chance at UFC gold.

Although it can be argued that Israel Adesanya was also to blame for the lack of action during the main event, the UFC boss was adamant that the onus is on the challenger to win the belt off the champion and not the other way around.

The judge’s had no option but to score the fight in the favour of Adesanya after the Kiwi chopped Romero’s leg to piece’s.

Romero was full of excuses after the fight in his interview and press conference and has done his legacy no favours.

3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Is Tough As Nails

Not only did Joanna Jedrzejczyk lose a split decision in her effort to win back the Strawweight title against Weili Zhang at UFC 248, she came out of the fight with one of the worst hematoma’s that we have ever seen on her forehead.

The meme’s have been relentless after the injury became very apparent during the fight however the toughness of JJ can not be questioned.

She did not take a backward step as the target on her head, quite literally, became larger.

She will be back, after she recovers, and there is not a fight fan on the planet that would be upset if they ran that fight back straight away!

4. Ring Rust Is A Myth

At least it wasn’t an issue at UFC 248 for both Sean O’Malley and Neil Magny, who both overcame extensive time away from the Octagon to win at UFC 248.

Sean O’Malley made his UFC debut at UFC 222 in March of 2018 before suspension forced him out for two years.

He returned with a dominant first round TKO win over Jose Alberto Quinonez and Dana White has stated he wants a quick turn around for the 24 year old to make up for lost time.

Neil Magny was last seen inside the Octagon in November of 2018 in a loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio however he looked incredible in his unanimous decision win over Li Jingliang.

5. Brian Ortega Needs A Fight ASAP

In one of the weirder stories to come out UFC 248, Brian Ortega and a rapper named ‘Jay Park’ came to blows in the crowd.

Jay Park was being used as a translator for The Korean Zombie and from all reports T-City slapped the rapper at some point during the main event.

Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie) was scheduled to fight Ortega in December of last year before Ortega pulled out with a knee injury.

We may still get to see the fight yet!

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