Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to feature UFC 248 headliners Israel Adesanya, Yoel Romero


Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight championship against Yoel Romero at UFC 248 on Saturday night. But before they take center stage in Las Vegas, both main-event participants are set to join Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday.

It’s the first title defense for Adesanya (18-0), while Romero has lost three of his past four, all via decision.

Also scheduled for Monday are two women who made strong cases for a title opportunity at featherweight. Both Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer earned first-round stoppages this past weekend. Has either emerged as the next challenger for Amanda Nunes?

Also set to join the show: Demetrious Johnson, Paul Felder, Luis Pena and Deron Winn.

Helwani Show lineup

1 p.m. ET: Recap UFC Norfolk

1:20 p.m.: Felicia Spencer

Spencer will talk about her victory over Zarah Fairn, her third straight strong showing in the UFC.

1:35 p.m.: Yoel Romero

He will discuss his title opportunity this weekend. At 42, will this be his last crack at UFC gold?

1:55 p.m.: Megan Anderson

Anderson, who has won two straight, will talk about the stiff right hand that floored Norma Dumont this past Saturday.

2:10 p.m.: Demetrious Johnson

Johnson, who is 3-0 in ONE Championship, is set to take on Adriano Moraes in April. He also will talk about the UFC flyweight title fight during the weekend and the state of the 125-pound division.

2:25 p.m.: Paul Felder

Felder hinted at retirement after his heartbreaking loss at UFC Auckland. Will we see him compete in the Octagon again?

2:45 p.m.: Deron Winn

The promising Winn will give his thoughts on his fight this weekend against veteran Gerald Meerschaert.

3 p.m.: Luis Peña

The popular “Violent Bob Ross” will talk about his unanimous decision win at UFC Norfolk.

3:20 p.m.: Israel Adesanya

Adesanya will discuss his first title defense in Saturday’s UFC 248 main event.

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