Israel Adesanya Slams Paulo Costa For Blaming UFC 253 Loss On Wine

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has responded to Paulo Costa’s recent claim.

Back in September 2020, Adesanya put the UFC Middleweight Title on the line against Costa. The championship tilt served as the main event of UFC 253. There was a lot of bad blood going into the fight and ultimately, Adesanya got the last laugh with a second-round TKO finish.

In a recent video posted on his YouTube channel, Costa claimed he took in too much wine ahead of his title bout with “The Last Stylebender” (h/t MMAFighting.com).

“I was kind of drunk [when] I fought, maybe, on a hangover. I couldn’t sleep because of the [leg] cramps. Keep in mind that the fight happens at 9 a.m. [local time], we have to wake up at 5 to get ready, stretch, wrap the hands. The UFC told us to wake up at 5 in the morning to go to the arena to fight. I hadn’t slept until 2:30.”

MMAJunkie.com caught up with Adesanya to get his reaction to Costa’s comments. The 185-pound ruler didn’t disappoint.

“That’s just funny. There’s certain things I’ve done before some of my fights in the past where I learnt my mistakes, but I went in and got my job done. Some people aren’t cut out for that lifestyle.”

Adesanya went on to give Costa a piece of advice.

“I’ll tell you one thing: The best thing to do in his position is accept the fact he lost. He got his ass whooped. The fact that he keeps trying to make all these excuses, it’s only going to do him worse in the long run. He’s making excuses because his ego can’t handle the fact that ‘The Skinny Clown’ whooped his ass badly then double-tapped him twice.

“Just swallow your ego. You got your ass whooped. Get back to the drawing board and reassess your whole game. You can’t just rest on that because if you do – this is my advice – you’ll never get far in life, or in this game.”

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