Israel Adesanya has defended his UFC middleweight title against Yoel Romero at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight is considered as one of the most bizarre championship fights in the sport’s history.
The fight began in odd fashion with Romero, 42, standing still with his guard up in the middle of the octagon, with neither fighter landing a blow for the best part of the first two minutes.
Their tentative performance led to boos from the crowd and referee Dan Miragliotta telling the pair: ‘Come on, fight’.
After retaining his belt, the man known as ‘The Last Stylebender’ admitted it was an ‘odd’ contest.
‘It was an odd fight, but at least I did what I had to do…Look at his leg, he’s going to be limping… I did what I had to do to win that fight.’ Adesanya said.
Asked by commentator Joe Rogan what he was expecting from Romero, Adesanya said: ‘He plays the game in lulls, he does what he can to lull you into a false sense of security.’
Adesanya won his title at UFC 243 by beating Australian Robert Whittaker last October – who has beaten Romero twice – did not disappoint with his arrival in the octagon, picking up where he left off in Melbourne last October.
Paying tribute to his Nigerian and New Zealand heritage, he walked to the octagon with women on either side, lining the way by dropping flower petals at his feet.