Pros React To Israel Adesanya Dismantling Paulo Costa

Ross Houston
September 27, 2020

That set up Adesanya's hands, which eventually sent Costa crashing to the canvas in the second round. He remains the undisputed UFC middleweight champion.

The event marked a return to "UFC Fight Island" and Adesanya made a second successful defence of his crown by finishing the previously undefeated Brazilian via a second-round TKO.

Costa (13-0) is also coming off a decision win over Romero, but his victory over the decorated wrestler took place last August.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 253 discussion thread. After the confrontation with Adesanya at UFC 243, it was revealed that Costa had to have bicep surgery, which forced Adesanya to face Romero first.

In the night's co-main event, Blachowicz captured the UFC light heavyweight title - vacated by long-reigning champion Jon Jones who has moved up to heavyweight - with a punch-perfect performance to finish Dominick Reyes in the second round. Whoever wins at UFC 253 will be the first person since UFC 128 that the 205-pound belt will be held someone not named Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier.

Round 1: Israel Adesanya is attacking the lead leg of Paulo Costa at the start of round one. The standalone PPV price for UFC 253 is $64.99 for current subscribers. For current subscribers in those countries, UFC 253 is included as part of the subscription. They are really starting to pay dividends. Adesanya goes upstairs with the kick which appears to partially land. The early prelims just finished up with a Juan Espino submission victory.

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