Stephen Thompson is taking the position of not thinking that the fight between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa in the UFC 253 headliner will be close.
Costa is slated to take on Adesanya for the UFC middleweight title at the upcoming UFC 253 pay-per-view event on September 19th.
Some people are buying the hype of Costa while others are not. One person who doesn’t believe Costa is an elite fighter is Thompson, a former title contender. He gave his thoughts in an interview with Submission Radio.
Stephen Thompson Predicts One-Sided UFC 253 Headliner
“For someone like Izzy Adesanya, he’s got the potential to finish this guy second or third round,” Thompson said. “Izzy is a counter striker. He waits for guys to make their mistakes and he takes advantage of it, and I think this falls right into his game plan, what he does best, for Izzy.
“Paulo Costa’s aggressive and he swings,” Thompson continued. “He’s got a lot of big movement in his striking, he loops his strikes, which is going to be perfect for someone like Izzy to just take half a step back and counter back with a right hand or a left hook. Kind of like he did with Robert Whittaker, right? And Robert Whittaker I believe is faster than Paulo Costa. The only thing with Paulo Costa is that he’s durable. He’s very, very durable, he’s very tough to finish. I think after the first round, maybe Paulo Costa, if Izzy can tire him out just a little bit, it’s going to slow him down, and Israel Adesanya’s going to be able to have a field day counter striking this guy. I think I got my man Izzy winning that fight.”
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