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UFC announces Israel Adesanya vs Yoel Romero will be inducted into Hall of Fame in celebration of the fight happening two years ago today

In celebration of two years ago today when Adesanya faced Romero , UFC President Dana White announced via his Instagram that UFC 248 main-event will be inducted into Hall of Fame.

Whether it’s brutal knockouts, amazing comebacks, or an intense back and forth battle, the entire spectrum of MMA excitement has been featured inside the confines of the famed Octagon. On this day in 2020, Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero put themselves through the ringer at UFC 248 and delivered an instant classic. In the end, the champion prevailed.

Adesanya (18-0 UFC) and Romero (13-4 UFC) faced each other over five rounds, exchanging puzzled looks and frequently running away from each other in a bout that will go down as an all-time classic, resulting in Adesanya winning by unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title.

By the end of it, both fighters were still completely recognizable due to a mind-blowing 88 significant strikes and the sheer lack of damage inflicted.

Adesanya opened the fight by, as promised, using a lot of movement to avoid a disinterested Romero’s complete lack of aggression. He worked behind the leg kick, while Romero threw one clean overhand left counter punch, then stood completely motionless, covering his face with his hands in a shell-like guard for the remainder of the round.

The explosive action picked up where it left off to begin the second round. While the output of both fighters remained absurdly low, Adesanya seemed to be more composed and accurate in his approach, throwing feints as Romero initiated some shuffling dance moves and a flurry around the two-minute mark.

Like two equally matched samurai approach each other on a bridge over a river in Japan, there were long periods in which no one did anything. At one point in the third round, people in the crowd started shining the flashlights on their cellphones.

With the title hanging in the balance, both fighters came out determined to put an exclamation mark in the fourth round. Adesanya began giving his opponent really nasty looks, while Romero stood and swayed slightly, moaning. Referee Dan Miragliotta eventually warned both fighters about their timidity and urged them to pick up the pace.

Adesanya stayed true to his incredible game plan, though, keeping out of the pocket and socially distancing himself from Romero as if he had COVID-19. Adesanya’s leg kicks did him well, but Romero appeared to be more than comfortable with the power and unleashed some verbal taunts that briefly had Adesanya on shaky legs. Adesanya wouldn’t go away, though, and taunted back. They kept at it down the home stretch, both standing around as they hurled insults at each other.

Eventually, Adesanya began running along the cage to evade a charging Romero, not unlike Sonic the Hedgehog being chased by Doctor Robotnik. He then threw a capoeira kick, which missed its target, capping off an incredible 25-minute championship fight.

When the final bell rang, Adesanya and Romero finally went chest to chest and actually seemed to be on the verge of brawling. Unfortunately, they had to be separated by Miragliotta as the bored crowd showered them with yawns.

“It is impossible to fight against a ghost,” Romero said through an interpreter at his post-fight news conference. Adesanya said Romero’s bouts of no offense lulled one “into a false sense of security.” “The matchmakers didn’t love that fight and didn’t want to make that fight,” Dana White recalled regarding what many now consider to be one of the most legendary fights in the entire history of combat sports. “They did not want to make Romero vs. Adesanya. But the goofy fan in me said, ‘Are you s—ting me? Come on. This will be a fun fight to do, the fact that he wants to fight a guy who nobody wants to fight.’