UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is all set to defend his middleweight title against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on september 26.
There’s a lot of anticipation heading into this fight as both fighters are undefeated and are extremely high level strikers. Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa were scheduled to fight back in March earlier this year, but Costa had undergone a surgery that forced the fight to be delayed by almost a year.
Is Paulo Costa being tested by USADA?
Ahead of the fight there have been a lot of trash talking going on from both the sides. One of the most common talking point that Israel Adesanya has over Paulo Costa is about being tested by USADA.
Israel Adesanya in an interview with Submission Radio even stated that he has doubts regarding Paulo Costa being tested by USADA.
“Last time he got tested. He could’t give me a straight answer, let’s put it that way,” Israel Adesanya said on Submission Radio. “I was tested twice in the last three weeks, at night because they are trying to catch me off guard. It’s the first two times, it is the first time they have ever tested me at night. Where is your t-shirt? I’ve been tested over 30 times, so where is your t-shirt?
“I know what it is like, I’m from Lagos, Nigeria, so I know what it is like in certain countries where money talks. Where, if you flash your gun, people act a certain way, I know what it is like. You have heard stories with Brazil about people going to gyms to test people and they are not complying because of certain things. I know what that is like, but, I don’t mind. I just like to bring that up because I want it to be known, I said on record, I will pop him before USADA pops him. So, I’m going to beat him and when he gets popped by USADA down the line, it will be like yup, I still whooped his ass even when he was on steroids. That will make a great story.” (h/t – BJPenn.com)
Both Paulo Costa and Israel Adesnaya are coming off of a decision victories over Yoel Romero at UFC 241 and UFC 248 respectively.
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