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Sports Adesanya destroys Costa to retain UFC middleweight belt

10:02  27 september  2020
10:02  27 september  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Israel Adesanya retained his UFC middleweight title in dominant style with a second-round TKO victory against Paulo Costa , before making his disdain for the Brazilian clear by 'air humping' him as he was Israel Adesanya 'air humps' stricken rival Paulo Costa after brutal TKO victory at UFC 253.

Middleweight ruler Adesanya and Brazil's Costa both put their unbeaten records on the line as they headline UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi this weekend, and Costa appeared first on deck and shook hands with UFC boss Dana White with a smile, before Adesanya arrived and also appeared in relaxed mood.

  Adesanya destroys Costa to retain UFC middleweight belt © Josh Hedges / UFC / Getty

Israel Adesanya continued his path to becoming one of the greatest middleweights in UFC history Saturday night.

Adesanya finished Paulo Costa via TKO at 3:59 of the second round in the UFC 253 main event at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

"Like Roy Jones said, I say, 'Y'all must have forgot, y'all must have forgot,'" Adesanya said in his postfight interview. "Because of what happened last time (against Yoel Romero), you thought, 'Oh, he's so boring.' ... Trust me, I had to make y'all remember and I had to remind the world why we the best."

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Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ). Sep 26, 2020 Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. By The Numbers: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Henrique Costa . By: Brian Knapp The unbeaten middleweight champion will defend his title against an undefeated challenger in the UFC

Adesanya wins strategic battle over Romero to retain middleweight crown. At the end of 25 minutes, Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero stood in the cage as boos from the Las Vegas crowd rained down on them, waiting to hear Israel Adesanya celebrates with the UFC middleweight belt .

This was only the second men's title fight featuring two undefeated fighters in UFC history. Lyoto Machida versus Rashad Evans, a light heavyweight bout, in 2009 was the first.

Adesanya's finish came after he dropped Costa with a devastating left hand. He jumped on Costa and immediately got into full mount, reigning down hard shots on the ground until the referee called the contest off.

Costa was being touted as Adesanya's toughest test to date, but the champ ultimately made it look easy. "The Last Stylebender" dominated the challenger from start to finish. In the first round, Adesanya - who had an eight-inch reach advantage - stayed at his range and chopped Costa up with leg kicks.

Costa, who usually uses pressure and aggression to pummel his opponents, struggled to come forward and land power shots against Adesanya. Instead, Costa stood at kicking range with the titleholder for most of the bout and got lit up.

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The UFC middleweight champion will defend his title against the Brazilian at UFC 253 on Sept. 26, the promotion announced Saturday. Adesanya - Costa a long time coming. Adesanya captured the full middleweight belt in 2019 with an impressive win over Robert Whittaker, then beat Yoel Romero via

Brazilian Paulo Costa had a gory message for UFC 253 rival Israel Adesanya . Paulo Costa cranked up the animosity with Israel Adesanya ahead of the pair's UFC 253 middleweight title showdown as the Brazilian challenger shared a decapitated image of his rival.

Adesanya was measured in the first round, but he started to open up in the second en route to the late finish. He opened up a cut on Costa's face moments before stopping him.

With the victory, Adesanya improved his pro record to 20-0 and further cemented his case as one of the best in 185-pound history. He expressed interest in facing Jared Cannonier, should Cannonier beat former champ Robert Whittaker next month at UFC 254.

Costa suffered his first pro defeat after heading into his first UFC title fight at a perfect 13-0. "The Eraser," now 5-1 in the Octagon, beat the likes of Romero and Uriah Hall to earn a shot at the belt.

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