Paulo Costa: ‘My Leg Was Totally Impaired’ Against Israel Adesanya

Paulo Costa claims a bad leg greatly hindered his performance against Israel Adesanya.

Costa challenged Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Title back in September. “Borrachinha” was stopped in the second round via TKO. Many agree that this was a one-sided fight but Costa has said that his showing can be blamed on something going wrong.

We now know what Costa is talking about. The Brazilian bruiser took to his YouTube channel to claim that an injured leg cost him the fight against Adesanya (via

“Maybe I could have used more in the Adesanya fight, but many things happened before that fight. I don’t like to talk because it might sound as excuse, but I had no sleep, my leg was totally impaired, and I shouldn’t have fought, I should have postponed it for the next weekend or more.

“I saw what happened with Patricky (Freire), who fights for Bellator — and has the same coach, Eric Albarracin —, and his team did the right thing. He didn’t wake up well, had labyrinthitis on the day of the fight, feeling dizzy, (so) he doesn’t have to fight. We’re in such a high level that you don’t have to fight if you don’t feel well. It was our mistake.”

There was a ton of bad blood going into the Adesanya vs. Costa bout. Both men traded barbs in the buildup with Costa saying “The Last Stylebender” was cocky and needed to be humbled. Adesanya called Costa an “overly inflated balloon animal,” insinuating steroid use.

Adesanya appears to be moving on from this feud. UFC President Dana White already has plans to have Adesanya challenge Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Meanwhile for Costa, he’s been angling to fight former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker.

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