Who do you pick for this fight? The long-awaited fight between UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa is now set for UFC 253.
Many reports with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed the fight is in the process of being finalized for the September 19th fight card after an initial report from Combate. UFC 253 is expected to take place in Las Vegas, though a venue has not been finalized.
Costa also confirmed the fight on Twitter.
The fight is on folks!
In September I ll bring the Show up
— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) July 18, 2020
These two hate each other. I mean, they really can’t stand the sight of each other. And this doesn’t feel like one of those of fabricated feuds.
I feel pretty confident in saying they won’t be hugging it out whenever the fight ends. That’s how you know a feud is a real thing.
“You know who’s next,” Adesanya told Jon Anik moments after the biggest moment of his MMA career. “I got this overly inflated balloon animal. This heavy-ass Ricky Martin wannabe. … Trust me, when I’m done with him, he’ll really look like Ricky Martin. Botched.”
After being on a collision course for more than two years, Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) finally gets his chance to put hands on Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) when he challenges for the middleweight title in the Sept. 19 pay-per-view headliner, which still does not have an announced location.