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Israel Adesanya stopped Paulo Costa in round 2

Posted By Stephen King     Sep 27    


Saturday the 27th of September 2020 marks the UFC's return to Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with its UFC 253 pay-per-view event. The fight card is headlined by massive title fights in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions while also featuring some interesting battles up and down the slate.

The main focus of the 11-fight card was on Israel Adesanya defending his middleweight championship against Paulo Costa.
The clash between Costa and Adesanya has been a long time coming, seeing both men throw around a lot of trash talk and lofty promises for the violence they will inflict upon one another. 

After starting his career 18-0, including seven UFC victories -- six of which earned him performance bonuses -- Adesanya had a dud of a performance in the first defense of his middleweight championship. Adesanya's UFC 248 bout with Yoel Romero saw him unwilling to engage, seemingly afraid of entering into any sort of firefight with the dangerous challenger.
It was a far cry from the flashy striker who had gone to war with Kelvin Gastelum and Anderson Silva in Fight of the Night performances, or the man whose fans saw melt Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson. After seeming like a sure-fire superstar, many people think another gun-shy performance could damage Adesanya's standing with fans, win or lose. But he proved them wrong tonight with quite an easy win over Paulo costa the most dreaded opponent of Israel Adesaya.

Adesanya dominated Paulo Costa in the night's main event, silencing his rival after months of back-and-forth trash talk. Adesanya spent one round blasting Costa's legs with kicks before finishing the fight in the second round with a left hook that put Costa on the canvas and ground-and-pound that closed the show. With the win, Adesanya improved his perfect record to 20-0 and successfully defended his middleweight title for a second time

Congratulations to Israel Adesanya, to all New zealanders and to all Nigerians.