UFC 248 produced an all-time classic encounter but oddly enough, it wasn’t the main event.

Women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili and challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk peppered each other with strikes for 25 minutes in a fight that president Dana White confirmed afterwards will one day be in the UFC Hall of Fame.

In a razor-close split-decision, Zhang defended the title with a 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 score from the judges. Both fighters looked the worse for wear afterwards, particularly Jedrzejczyk, whose head looked like a balloon from the swelling from numerous shots to the front of her head.

The actual main event, Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero, turned out to be an anti-climatic dud, with Romero declining to fight and preferring to move around and stare in a bizarre manner. Neither fighter looked good as a result, with White calling the contest a “terrible fight.”

Zhang and Jedrzejczyk earned Fight of the Night, while Beneil Dariush and Sean O’Malley earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

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DANAA BATGEREL VS. GUIDO CANNETTI

WINNER: DANAA BATGEREL VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 3:01

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GUIDO CANNETTI VIA UD

Andrews: Excellent finish for Batgerel.

JAMALL EMMERS VS. GIGA CHIKADZE 

WINNER: GIGA CHIKADZE VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAMALL EMMERS VIA TKO

Andrews: I thought Emmers won the fight, close though.

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GERALD MEERSCHAERT VS. DERON WINN

WINNER: GERALD MEERSCHAERT VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 2:13

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DERON WINN VIA UD 

Andrews: Deron was a little unfortunate, but give credit to Gerald for taking Winn’s best strikes and taking advantage.

SAPARBEK SAFAROV VS. RODOLFO VIEIRA

WINNER: RODOLFO VIEIRA VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R1 2:58

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RODOLFO VIEIRA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Vieira only took one shot but it almost finished him. Fortunate to get the choke.

AUSTIN HUBBARD VS. MARK MADSEN 

WINNER: MARK MADSEN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARK MADSEN VIA UD

Andrews: Madsen used his experience and cardio to grind it out.

SEAN O’MALLEY VS. JOSE ALBERTO QUINONEZ 

WINNER: SEAN O’MALLEY VIA TKO (HEAD KICK AND PUNCHES) R1 2:02

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SEAN O’MALLEY VIA UD

Andrews: Oh yeah. That was impressive by Sugar Sean, especially with the layoff.

MAIN CARD 

ALEX OLIVEIRA VS. MAX GRIFFIN 

WINNER: ALEX OLIVEIRA VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAX GRIFFIN VIA UD 

Andrews: Oliveira outsmarted Griffin and gave him the L as a gift.

NEIL MAGNY VS. JINGLIANG LI

WINNER: NEIL MAGNY VIA UD 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NEIL MAGNY VIA UD 

Andrews: Magny just too technical for Jingliang, as expected.

BENEIL DARIUSH VS. DRAKKAR KLOSE 

WINNER: BENEIL DARIUSH VIA KO (PUNCH) R2 1:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BENEIL DARIUSH VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Yup. Dariush continues his torrid streak. Tried to get to the ground, but still had the versatility to exchange and catch Klose.

ZHANG WEILI VS. JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK 

WINNER: ZHANG WEILI VIA SD (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ZHANG WEILI VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! This fight had Fight of the Night written all over it and did not disappoint. We need more fights like this.

MAIN EVENT

ISRAEL ADESANYA VS. YOEL ROMERO

WINNER: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA UD (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA TKO

Andrews: What was that? Reminds me of Silva vs. Maia in Abu Dhabi. A total dud of a fight.

@kenaiandrews UFC 248: Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk steal spotlight with strawweight classic