Israel Adesanya Doesn’t Think He’ll Fight Paulo Costa Again
Israel Adesanya isn’t expecting to do battle with Paulo Costa a second time.
On September 26, Adesanya put his UFC Middleweight Championship on the line against Costa. The title fight headlined UFC 253 inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. “The Last Stylebender” put “Borrachinha” away in the second round via TKO.
There was a ton of bad blood going into the fight. The two traded nasty barbs in the buildup. The two haven’t squashed their beef as Adesanya went behind Costa following the UFC 253 win and proceeded to “ride” his fallen opponent.
During an interview with MMAFighting.com, Adesanya seemingly closed the door on the possibility of ever fighting Costa a second time.
“I don’t think I ever see him again to be honest. I think this is going to be like Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo. He has to let it go.”
Adesanya went on to share some advice for Costa.
“It already happened. You just have to accept it and move on, which is the advice I give Paulo. You’re never going to get this one back. If by some crazy miracle or work ethic he does come up in the rankings again, he can’t unf*ck himself, you know what I mean? I’ve done it to him. I’ve embarrassed him. He just has to accept it and realize ‘my mouth wrote checks my ass couldn’t cash and Israel likes to collect.’ It happened and let it go. So that’s my advice to him cause that’s what I did.”
Adesanya is now 20-0 with 15 knockouts on his resume. This was his second successful UFC Middleweight Title defense. He could be defending his 185-pound gold against Jared Cannonier next. Cannonier will have to win his UFC 254 bout against former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker on October 24 in order to get the title opportunity.