The top of the card at UFC 248 featured two international stars who made successful title defenses this past Saturday in Las Vegas.
The first UFC strawweight title defense for China’s Zhang Weili was certainly one for the ages, with many calling her five-round thriller against Joanna Jedrzejczyk the best women’s MMA fight of all time. Meanwhile, Israel Adesanya‘s middleweight title fight against Yoel Romero failed to live up to expectations, but the champion who trains in New Zealand managed to win by unanimous decision.
Both Zhang and Adesanya will join Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday to discuss their performances.
Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum also will join the show. Arum, the CEO of Top Rank and the promoter for Tyson Fury, will give his thoughts on a third Fury-Deontay Wilder matchup and if a Fury fight against Anthony Joshua will be possible.
Helwani Show lineup
1:05 p.m. ET: Recap UFC 248
1:20 p.m.: Sean O’Malley
O’Malley will discuss his successful return to the Octagon after a two-year layoff.
1:40 p.m.: Neil Magny
Magny also had a fine showing after a lengthy layoff, earning an upset win over Li Jingliang.
1:55 p.m.: Jay Park
Park, a Korean musician who served as a translator for “The Korean Zombie,” was reportedly involved in an incident with featherweight contender Brian Ortega at UFC 248.
2:15 p.m.: Valentina Shevchenko
Shevchenko will give her thoughts on the epic UFC 248 strawweight title fight between Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
2:30 p.m.: Zhang Weili
Zhang will talk about her performance against Jedrzejczyk.
2:45 p.m.: Paulo Costa
Costa is set to be the next challenger for UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya. What did he think about Adesanya’s title defense against Yoel Romero?
3:05 p.m.: Bob Arum
The Top Rank founder will give his take on the heavyweight boxing landscape.
3:30 p.m.: Israel Adesanya
Adesanya will break down his fight against Romero and discuss a possible fight with Costa.