Complete preview of UFC 248 main fight cards and odds

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After refereeing mishaps and a contentious end to UFC 247, there’s a card on the horizon with a couple of big title fights to cleanse the palate. Up ahead is UFC 248, which promises to be yet another rousing event by Dana White’s company.

The Last Stylebender is up against a formidable challenger in Yoel Romero, while there’s no love lost between Weili Zhang and Joanna Jędrzejczyk with a second belt on the line.

Here’s a rundown of all five of the main card fights plus their respective UFC 248 betting odds.
 

Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero

UFC 248 betting odds: Adesanya (-236) vs. Romero (+196)
 
The UFC 248 fight card’s main event is a hotly anticipated clash between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (18-0) and the evergreen Yoel Romero (13-4).

Romero is coming off a two-fight skid, and only has one win (against Luke Rockhold) since November 2016. Adesanya has styled on everyone from the legendary Anderson Silva to Robert Whittaker on his way to UFC gold and an undefeated 18-fight win streak, so what hope does the challenger actually have?

In truth, Romero is deadly, and there’s every chance Adesanya is going to be in a war that will alter his career. Few fighters get away from Romero without suffering consequences, and there’s every chance he could finally claim gold at the age of 42.
 

Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk

UFC 248 betting odds: Weili (-160) vs. Jędrzejczyk (+137)
 
The first title bout on the night sees Weili Zhang (20-1) up against former strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk (16-3).

After losing the belt in her sixth defence to Thug Rose, (and the ensuing rematch) Jędrzejczyk moved up to flyweight but fell short against Valentina Shevchenko. She’s dropped back down to challenge Zhang, who is currently on a phenomenal 20-fight win streak after losing her first bout via decision.

Jędrzejczyk is more of a point fighter these days, but she still holds some residual power following hand issues in the past. In comparison, Zhang destroyed Jessica Andrade in 42 seconds in her last bout.

There’s no love lost between the two, especially after Joanna was forced to apologise after releasing a photo wearing a gas mask, referencing the Corona virus currently affecting China.
 

Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan

UFC 248 betting odds: Brunson (+190) vs. Shahbazyan (-227)
 
Veteran Derek Brunson (20-7) is up against the undefeated Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0).

The former is seen as a gatekeeper at middleweight, and sees himself in the up-and-coming challenger that has smashed all-comers on his route to the top ten. Brunson is a stern test for anybody in the organisation, and signed a six-fight contract in 2019. A win could jumpstart another run for the belt.

Shahbazyan has finished all but one of his fights, and knocked out Brad Tavares with a head kick in the first round of his last bout at UFC 244. The main event could leave Adesanya with few challengers aside from Jon Jones, so it’s an opportunity to see whether Shahbazyan can keep up his hot streak.
 

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Neil Magny vs. Li Jingliang

UFC 248 betting odds: Magny (+150) vs. Jinliang (-176)
 
Neil Magny (17-5) is back in the octagon after a provisional suspension was wiped for testing positive for the banned substance Di-Hydroxy-LGD-4033.

He’s up against Li Jingliang (17-5), currently on a three-fight win streak at welterweight. Another Chinese star on the main card, the UFC are hoping to tap into the market by featuring the hard-hitting fighter against a well-known opponent. Jingliang is a slight favourite entering this UFC 248 fight card supporting event.
 

Sean O’ Malley vs. José Alberto Quiñónez

UFC 248 betting odds: Malley (-275) vs. Quiñonez (+225)
 
A fight that was originally set to take place at UFC 247, it’s time for the return of Sean O’ Malley (10-0) following nearly two years on the sidelines after issues with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and Nevada Athletic Commission.

His opponent José Quiñónez (8-3) has won five of his last six, with the sole loss coming against Nathaniel Wood via rear-naked choke. O’Malley is still only 25, so we’ll be able to see if ring rust will be a factor, and if he’s improved since his last fight at UFC 222.

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