Disappointing news gripped the MMA world today after it was revealed that a middleweight title fight between reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costo had been called off.
Top Brazilian contender Costa had to pull out of the fight following a hand injury. Costa underwent surgery on his left bicep in September that will keep him out of action for another eight months.
“He had surgery on his bicep,” Dana White said of Paulo Costa in a recent interview with the Schmo. “So he’s out for eight months, but we are working on something else with Israel right now.”
Immediately after the news of Paulo Costa pull out news hit twitter, former title challenger Yoel Romero took to twitter and called out Adesanya.
— Peoples Champ (@YoelRomeroMMA) October 29, 2019
“#iseeyousoonboi @stylebender” – Yoel Romero tweeted.
It didn’t take long for Adesanya to reply and therein both fighter verbally agreed to fight each other.
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) October 30, 2019
“You guys just finding out shit we been knowing for weeks and plotting on for months! #staywoke #iseeyousoonboi @YoelRomeroMMA” – Adesanya tweeted.
Yoel Romero is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Paulo Costa at UFC 241 in August and on the other hand, Adesanya is coming off of a second-round TKO win over Robert Whittaker earlier this month in Melbourne.