UFC President, Dana White, has prepared a contingency plan in case Yoel Romero or Israel Adesanya cannot compete at the UFC 248.
On 8 March, defending UFC mid-range champion Israel Adesanya (18-0 MMA) will defend the belt against “Warrior of God” Yoel Romero in the highlight match of UFC 248 event in Las Vegas.
The champion’s UFC table is 7-0. At the UFC 243 event last October, Israel Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker and became king of the middleweight. On the Yoel Romero side, the Cuban boxer’s most recent victory was at UFC 221 in February 2018 over Luke Rockhold. However, the recent failures of Yoel Romero have all been controversial narrow defeats.
Dana White revealed the contingency plan for the UFC 248 event
Backup fighter Jared “The Killa Gorilla” Cannonier is currently having a series of 3 consecutive Knockout victories. His closest opponent is champion candidate Jack Hermansson.
In the event of Adesanya or Romero being injured prior to the event, UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Jared Cannonier (13-4 MMA) will be the substitute fighter. As planned, Jared “The Killa Gorilla” Cannonier will also have a match at the UFC 248 event, his opponent is Robert Whittaker. However, for personal reasons, Whittaker withdrew from the event.
Before Jared Cannonier was chosen as a backup fighter, Darren Till was one of the names expected to take Whittaker’s place. However, Dana White said he was not sure if the British boxer wanted to participate in the event.
Jared Cannonier is ready to work as a side option for the UFC 253
Although the hope is very fragile, “Gorilla” Jared Cannonier will still prepare to replace the title match at UFC 253. Two unbeaten records go head to head, Israel Adesanya vs. one another. Paulo Costa is the most awaited match of 2020.
Jared Cannonier was scheduled to face former King Robert Whittaker at UFC 254 at the end of October. However, the puncher who had played in three weight classes was willing to play earlier than planned if there was a chance to compete for the title.
UFC 253 has not yet considered the project plan
Launching mid-range from the end of 2018, Jared Cannonier has had three consecutive knockouts against David Branch, Jack Hermansson, and legendary Anderson Silva. He is also the closest fighter to have won 3 knockout matches in 3 heavyweight weight classes – LightHeavyweight and Middleweight.