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Sports Fighters split on Adesanya's celebration: 'It's not good for the sport'

02:46  30 september  2020
02:46  30 september  2020 Source:   thescore.com

UFC fighters predict Adesanya-Costa main event

  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.

Following every fight , Adesanya makes a point of thanking his teammates and City Kickboxing family who help him prepare for the fight in training and An emotional Hooker can be seen jumping up and down uncontrollably before copying Adesanya ' s post- fight celebrations and embracing Brad Riddell.

Both Adesanya and Costa initially appeared conciliatory in the cage after the fight , with both men exchanging words and a handshake in the moments after the contest. This also came after an unusually calm exchange between both when they crossed paths in the fighter hotel in Abu Dhabi days out

  Fighters split on Adesanya's celebration: 'It's not good for the sport' © Josh Hedges / UFC / Getty

A trio of active and retired UFC fighters disagree on whether Israel Adesanya crossed the line by humping Paulo Costa at UFC 253.

Adesanya beat Costa via second-round TKO last weekend to retain his middleweight title. Immediately after the referee called off the fight, Adesanya performed a pelvic thrust on top of the challenger. Costa has since called the champion "human trash" for his actions.

Lightweight Paul Felder, strawweight Angela Hill, and former welterweight Dan Hardy told reporters on Tuesday about what they thought of Adesanya's postfight celebration.

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Israel Adesanya dispatched of Paulo Costa in style at UFC 253 but the middleweight champion wasn't happy with everything that unfolded on Saturday night. 30 per cent is not enough': Israel Adesanya urges UFC president Dana White to fine fighters 90 PER CENT of their purse for missing weight.

Adesanya finished Costa with some vicious ground and poundCredit: Getty Images - Getty. “I want to spend time with my family because it ’ s been a crazy year, so I want to go spend time with Israel Adesanya ' s does hilarious chicken impression as weigh-in vs Paulo Costa turns very ugly ahead of

"Listen, would I do it? No," said Felder, who served as the event's color commentator. "Is it a little disrespectful? Yeah. Was Costa probably disrespectful in some of the antics and stuff leading up to that fight? Yeah. So I think in that fight, it was kind of fair game, man. The winner of that was gonna showboat.

"If Costa knocked him out cold in that first round, you don't think he would've been running all over that cage doing something? ... I don't know if he would've dry-humped him, but he would've been done something."

Hardy, another UFC color commentator, said Adesanya's actions were uncalled for.

"It was unnecessary, and it was crass," Hardy said. "And it's not good for the sport to be seeing those things. But at the same time, we see a lot of the superstars, they stand out, they create headlines because of the things that they do. (Adesanya) was urinating on the Octagon in his UFC debut, you know what I mean? We shouldn't be surprised by these things. There's a lot of animosity between these guys."

UFC 253 predictions

  UFC 253 predictions Ahead of Saturday's UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, theScore's Nick Baldwin makes his picks for the top bouts. Middleweight championship Israel Adesanya (19-0) vs. Paulo Costa (13-0) On paper, this is Adesanya's toughest test in the UFC. He's never fought someone with Costa's ferocity, and fans want to see how he'll deal with it. However, while Costa will have his moments in the fight, it wouldn't be surprising if Adesanya walks away with a rather lopsided victory.The champion's striking is as good as it gets. He uses his movement and footwork to attack from different angles while maintaining a solid amount of power.

It is relevant. Paying the fighters is part of their overhead cost and 16% is pathetic when you consider most other major sports pay their fighters 50 Its a win win, either he loses and they released him for the reason that hes obv on the downslide or he beats top UFC guys and it makes them look good to

blitzing adesanya is exactly what he wants. the man can counterstrike with the best of them. it ' s one of the biggest reasons why he got compared to Anderson Silva so often. By the way, how did they punish Gastelum for not even appearing for the weigh ins? That seems very disrespectful tbh.

Hardy said it's important for fighters to be "their individual selves."

"We do act out when we're in these scenarios, when your adrenaline is up, you've just won the fight, you've got all this energy. ... Sometimes it's difficult to keep control of yourself in those circumstances," he added.

Hill said she found Adesanya's celebration to be amusing.

"I thought it was funny," she said. "Why be mad about that? He didn't - the dry humping, there wasn't any penetration. He didn't actually smack him with anything. It was miming. He was doing aggressive miming.

"I didn't think it was disrespectful - well, obviously it was disrespectful, but I didn't think it was out of line considering the buildup and everything," Hill added. "But yeah, I probably wouldn't have done it - actually I probably would have."

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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.

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