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UFC Title Bout: Israel Adesanya “Ready to Kill”

But, if he dies he dies. It’s not really my problem.”

By Segun Precious

Israel Adesanya has warned his opponent for Saturday’s title bout Yoel Romero that “if he dies, he dies!”.

Adesanya, a Kiwi of Nigerian origin, is defending his middleweight title and wants to emulate his compatriots Kamalu Usman and Anthony Joshua in keeping his belt. The trio are all world champions in the combat sports.

But faces a hardman Cuban, who at 42 is still a fierce fighter!

Yoel Romero has never been stopped in his 13-fight UFC career. Israel Adesanya wants to change that.

The Kiwi UFC middleweight champion will face Romero in a five-round headline bout at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on Sunday (NZ time), in his first official title defence since dethroning Robert Whittaker last October.

Romero has proven to be a tough out throughout his career. The 42-year-old Cuban has lost just three times inside the UFC octagon, with all three losses by decision.

A perennial title contender, Romero has become known for his erratic and violent style of fighting and is thought by fans and pundits to be an opponent fighter in the division only face if they have to.

“He’s the guy no one wants to fight,” Adesanya said.

“Why? I’ve seen him get rocked, I’ve seen him get stopped, I’ve seen him get bloodied, I’ve seen him cry; I’ll make him cry. He’s human like anyone else.

“I want 5-0. I want a washout … I want a clean sweep. But, if he dies he dies. It’s not really my problem.”

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