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UFC fighters predict Adesanya-Costa main event
In anticipation of Saturday's UFC 253 main event between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, theScore collected predictions from more than two dozen UFC fighters. (Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.) Alexander Volkanovski, featherweight champion and Adesanya's teammate: I have Izzy winning by decision. I think Costa will struggle to get into the range, where he does his best work. He'll get pieced up trying to get there, putting on a good show while doing it.
Days after losing his first bid for UFC gold, Paulo Costa already has his sights set on a rematch with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
The Brazilian lost to Adesanya via second-round TKO at UFC 253 this past weekend in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
"I'm relaxed because I know what I can do here in this division," Costa said in an Instagram video, according to. "I will still (fight at) 185 to fight (Adesanya) again. I will fight him again sooner and he knows. I will bring back with all my weapons."
Adesanya, other UFC fighters rip Covington for 'flat-out racist' comments
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was among a trio of fighters who spoke out against Colby Covington's recent comments during UFC 253 media day Wednesday. The former interim welterweight champion called the Black Lives Matter movement a "complete sham" while also associating it with terrorism after beating Tyron Woodley last weekend in the UFC Fight Night main event. Woodley wore a BLM shirt to the pre-fight press conference last week and answered every question with a variation of the phrase.
Costa is one of the most explosive fighters in the UFC and typically beats his opponents using power and pressure. But against Adesanya, he stood in his opponent's range and threw less offense than usual.
Costa indicated he knows why he lost the fight, and he's confident a rematch would play out differently.
"I already know what happened, I know what was done wrong, and it won't happen next time," Costa said, translated by Cruz. "I won't keep waiting. Some things (happened), I had some problems, but I won't give any excuses. The fight is over, he won, but I guarantee you that the next one will be different. Next time I meet him, if he continues (as) the champion, it will be different."
Costa said he believes this loss only delays the inevitable.
"We'll bring the belt to Brazil," he said. "It will happen, whether you like it or not. Nothing changes. Only the 'when' changes. It would be now, but will be soon."
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White: Jones-Adesanya 'the fight to make' .
The recent heated exchanges between Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya has UFC president Dana White excited about the possibility of the two stars colliding inside the Octagon. "That's the fight to make, 100 percent," White told UFC Arabia's Farah Hannoun on Friday. "I think that a fight between those two is massive." Jones and Adesanya have gone back and forth for the better part of two years, but their feud reached a new height this week. After Adesanya defended his middleweight title against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 last weekend, Jones claimed "The Last Stylebender" didn't want a real confrontation with him.