Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa took place in a middleweight title bout at the UFC 253 pay-per-view event on Saturday night in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi at Fight Island. Adesanya put the title on the line against the challenger.
Costa came out in the first round way too relaxed and just wanted to talk trash.
So let’s go to the second round, Izzy rocked him with a combo before dropping him with a counter strike and then finished him on the ground with strikes.
Both guys entered this fight on an undefeated streak as Izzy had scored 19 straight wins while Costa had 13 straight. Costa was fresh off a decision win over Yoel Romeo after getting 5 back-to-back KO wins. Izzy KO’d Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 to win the title and most recently retained it over Romero by decision at UFC 248.