Israel Adesanya Defeats Paulo Costa To Retain UFC Title (Photos/Video)
Exceptional Nigerian MMA fighter, Israel Adesanya also known as the Last Stylebender has defeated Brazilian fighter, Paulo Costa in Abu Dhabi to retain the UFC middleweight title.
The championship fight which took place on Saturday night, September 26 saw to a beautiful knockout delivered by Adesanya to Costa in the second round.
The first round of the fight, was quite entertaining as Adesanya made several battering kicks to Costa’s leading leg with Costa only able to return a few.
A few minutes into the second round, Adesanya slammed a high kick into Costa’s face which caused him to bleed before finishing him up with punches. This caused Costa to stumble backwards and unable to recover as he was left bloodied and bruised on the canvas.
This win earns Israel Adesanya his 20th professional MMA victory and a record of 20-0. Israel had this to say, after the fight;
“I’ve been telling you guys, but everyone thinks … like Roy Jones said, ‘Y’all must have forgot’ because of what happened last time,” Adesanya said after his win. “I had to remind the world who’s the best.”
He also called out Jared Cannonier for his next fight. He said;
“I already messaged Jared Cannonier, he is a hell of a dude, I love his energy, I said, you destroy Robert Whittaker, you are next. He’s the one I want to fight next.”
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Nigerian-born MMA fighter, Israel Adesanya knocks out Paulo Costa to retain his middleweight title Israel Adesanya defeated Brazil's Paulo Costa with a second-round TKO win to retain his UFC middleweight title in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night. The middleweight undefeated champion battered Costa's front leg with multiple kicks to quiet the Brazilian fighter's trash-talking in the first round of the main event on Fight Island. In the second round, Adesanya opened up Costa's face with a high kick and then finished the challenger with punches. Costa stumbled backward and could not recover as he was left bloodied and bruised on the canvas. The win is Adesanya’s 20th professional MMA victory. He remains the world's best middleweight at a perfect 20-0. "I've been telling you guys, but everyone thinks … like Roy Jones said, 'Y'all must have forgot' because of what happened last time," Adesanya said after his win. "I had to remind the world who's the best." ‘The Last Stylebender’ calling out Jared Cannonier for his next fight dueing the post-match interview. “I already messaged Jared Cannonier, he is a hell of a dude, I love his energy, I said, you destroy Robert Whittaker, you are next. He’s the one I want to fight next.”