UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya says he will beat Paulo costa in such a manner that it will shock the world at how easily he got the victory.
Israel Adesanya is set to face his biggest and strongest challenger till day at UFC 253 when he fights the Brazillian reckoning machine Paulo Costo. They are both undefeated and fierce competitors with different fighting styles which makes it a very competitive matchup. However, Adesanya disagrees with that and believes it will be rather easy for him to destroy the Brazilian Costa.
Israel Adesanya ready to shock the world
Rather than buying into all of the pre-fight hyperbole, Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) has taken a more balanced, considered view of his upcoming test. Speaking to reporters, at the UFC 253 media day at Yas Island, Adesanya admitted that he didn’t see Saturday’s fight with Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) as a major milestone in his career.
“I think the muscles fool everyone. The muscles and the whole flurries and fighting punching bags fool everyone,” Israel Adesanya said at media day. “Everyone thinks, wow this is a big fight. I’m like, Nah. I’ve already fought the middleweight division, which was Kelvin Gastelum. I’ve already had the biggest fight in the middleweight division crowd-wise, which was Robert Whittaker. I’m gonna make it look easy. A lot of people are gonna be shocked by that.”
Adesanya stated that he disagreed with some of the pre-fight talk suggesting his clash with Costa was one of the greatest middleweight matchups in UFC history.
“No, I don’t think so,” he stated, matter-of-factly. “His resume doesn’t hold up enough. You look at the guys he’s beat. He beat an over-the-hill Johny Hendricks, no offense. He beat Uriah Hall, who was doing quite well in that fight, one of his better performances. But Uriah Hall succumbed to his will because Uriah Hall sometimes breaks mentally. And he beat Yoel Romero, who is on the way out, anyway. … I don’t think it’s going to be the greatest middleweight fight in history. I kind of already did that with Kelvin Gastelum, so I have that in my back resume.”
Adesanya also recounted his pre-fight encounter with Costa, which was captured on camera and shared online.
“I went over there to kind of check his energy,” he explained. “I went there, sized him up, patted him on the shoulder to feel how dense he is. I shook his hand because I wanted to feel the kind of pressure he put on, from a guy who said ‘I won’t shake his hand when I beat him.’ He’s just like one of those dogs that just barks behind the fence, but when the fence opens up he just comes around like, real timid.
“So I went to check his energy, and I even said, ‘You look skinny.’ I expected him to take that the wrong way, but he and Wallid (Ismail, his manager) were giggling like little girls, so I already knew what I already knew. It just confirmed that I knew that they were going to submit to me, so yeah, he didn’t check out when I checked him.”
Adesanya also talked about the future challenge that he thinks will be Jared Cannonier. “He’s been the dark horse of the division. I look forward to challenges like that,” he said. “I and my coaches have had an eye on him for a while.”
But to make his title defense against future opponents like Jared Cannonier he will first have to go through the challenge which is in front of him in Paulo Costa. The fight between Adesanya and Costa should hopefully be a top contender for the ‘Fight of the Year’ honour if it delivers as promised.
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