Before they collide at UFC 253, Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa had a face-off.
Adesanya is set to put his UFC Middleweight Championship on the line against Costa this Saturday, September 26. The title fight will headline UFC 253 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. This will be Adesanya’s second title defense.
The UFC held a media day session on Wednesday to hype up the event. Once the fighters were done speaking to media members, it was time for the staredowns. While Adesanya and Costa have had some bad blood brewing, neither man was animated during the staredown.
The official Instagram page of the UFC posted the face-off between Adesanya and Costa.
There’s also the co-main event title fight. Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will compete for the vacant UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship. They also engaged in a staredown, which you can watch below.
Here is the full card for UFC 253. Be sure to join us this weekend for live coverage.
Main Card (10 p.m. ET, PPV)
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Paulo Costa
Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz
Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval
Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Prelims (8 p.m. ET, ESPN 2 / ESPN+)
Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva
Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews
Shane Young vs. Ľudovít Klein
William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur
Prelims (7 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+)
Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes
Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques