Two UFC World Championships are on the line at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on Saturday
UFC 248 will see two World title fights as undefeated fighter Israel Adesanya defends his World Middleweight Championship against Yoel Romero this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This title bout will be preceded by Zhang Weili, who is aiming to defend her World Women’s Strawweight Championship against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
This will be the first time that both Adesanya and Weili will be defending their newly-won championship belts. Adesanya won his belt by defeating Robert Whittaker in under four minutes at UFC 243 in October last year, while Weili defeated Jessica Andrade at UFC Fight Night a few months earlier.
Both in Cuba, Israel Adesanya is an Olympic silver medallist and was voted Fighter of the Year 2019, something he’ll be hoping to repeat and live up to this year. Meanwhile, Zhang Weili is the first Chinese born champion in UFC history and has won her last 20 fights in a row after a debut loss.
Adesanya’s opponent Yoel Romero will be hoping to put an end to his back-to-back loss record. Weili’s opponent Joanna Jedrzejczyk has the most title defences in UFC history and is aiming to become the first two-time UFC Strawweight champion, but she too has lost three of her last five fights.
UFC 248: Adesanya vs Romero – Main card, Date, Time, Channel
UFC 248 UK date, time and channel: Sunday, 8 March, at 3am on BT Sport 2
UFC 248 US date, time and channel: Saturday, 7 March, at 10pm/7pm ET/PT on ESPN+
- UFC World Middleweight Championship: Israel Adesanya vs Yoel Romero
- UFC World Women’s Strawweight Championship: Zhang Weili vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs Drakkar Klose
- Welterweight: Neil Magny vs Li Jingliang
- Welterweight: Alex Oliveira vs Max Griffin
UFC 248: Adesanya vs Romero – Prelims Card, Date, Time, Channel
UFC 248 UK date, time and channel: Sunday, 8 March, at 1am GMT on BT Sport 2
UFC 248 US date, time and channel: Saturday, 7 March, at 8pm/5pm ET/PT on ESPN
- Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley vs Jose Alberto Quinonez
- Lightweight: Mark Madsen vs Austin Hubbard
- Middleweight: Rodolfo Vieira vs Saparbek Safarov
- Middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert vs Deron Winn
How to watch the UFC 248: Adesnaya vs Romero in the UK – BT Sport 2
As we mentioned earlier, UFC 248: Adesanya vs Romero is not a pay-per-view event, which means you can watch it if you have BT Sport 2. There are multiple ways to get the channel.
If you have an existing BT Broadband, you can add BT TV and BT Sport to your contract for just £15 a month. This gives you access to all four BT Sport channels, and lets you watch 52 Premier League games and every single Champions League game.
Alternatively, if you have a Sky TV package, then you can now get all eight paid-for Sky Sports channels with the aforementioned exclusive BT Sport channels as part of a single subscription for just £47/month on an 18-month contract. This deal saves you £414 over the entire contract duration.
How to watch UFC 248: Adesanya vs Romero in the US – ESPN+
ESPN+ has exclusive rights to broadcast every single UFC PPV event, including UFC 248 which takes place on Saturday night, live from Las Vegas. If you don’t have an existing ESPN+ subscription, the best way to rewatch UFC 248 is to subscribe to the ESPN+ and UFC 248 bundle.
This gives you one year’s access to ESPN and UFC 248 for just $65. Alternatively, you can choose a new user bundle that will give you access to one UFC PPV and a 1-year ESPN+ subscription for $85, saving you a handy 25% in the process.
Existing ESPN+ subscribers have two options. You can either purchase UFC 248 Adesanya vs Romero for $65, or you can switch to an annual plan and purchase Saturday’s fight in Vegas for $85. The ESPN+ bundle gives you access to 20 exclusive live UFC Fight Nights, including Dana White’s Contender Series, Ariel The Bad Guy, classic fights, replays and much more, but it does not include a seven-day trial of the service.
ESPN+ is a subscription service that lets you watch the fights live on any of your devices. Apart from your PC, phone and tablet, there are apps for Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and even gaming consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
How to watch UFC 248: Adesanya vs Romero abroad – use a good VPN service
Both BT Sport 2 and ESPN+ block their UFC 248 coverage outside of the US and UK respectively, meaning you won’t be able to watch whether Adesanya maintains his flawless record in the Octagon if you’re away from either of the countries on Saturday/Sunday unless you use a reputed virtual private network, or VPN.
These services not only encrypt all your traffic as you browse the web but also let you access geo-blocked content. This means you can simply choose which country you want to browse from (US or UK) and the VPN will trick your device into thinking it is actually located in that country to let you access BT Sport 2 and ESPN+ from abroad.
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