A lot of people are expected to be in attendance at the event, but perhaps the most important spectator is going to be Paulo Costa.
“I’ll be there to see if Adesanya can beat Romero like I did,” Costa told MMA Fighting. “Everybody wants to see that, if he can beat Romero or not. I believe Adesanya himself feels he has to prove he can beat Romero, too, so I’ll be there watching.”
Costa was expected to be the first fighter to challenge Adesanya for the gold, but a biceps surgery put him out of action for quite awhile.
The recovering fighter is getting ready to go back into training soon and he’ll be front row at UFC 248 to see who’s next.
“I’ll be able to train everything,” Costa said. “I’ll be there, front row, at UFC 248. Let’s see who’s next.”
UFC 248 takes place on Saturday, March 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.