State of israel Adesanya targets ‘impaired’ Paulo Costa for July eleven showdown at UFC 252
LAS VEGAS — It wasn’t the fight that Israel Adesanya expected, but it’s ane that he concluded up having to deal with.
With his bizarre unanimous decision victory over Yoel Romero behind him, the UFC middleweight champion has set his sights on Paulo Costa for a July xi showdown at UFC 252 in Las Vegas during the promotion’due south almanac International Fight Week.
That is, as long as Costa will exist cleared by doctors to compete by and so. Co-ordinate to Costa, he is ready to begin training and stated that he would brand Adesanya cry if the two were to ever meet in the Octagon.
And the sound of that is music to Adesanya’southward ears.
For him, an opponent with that much aggression is exactly what he’southward looking for in his next opponent rather than his UFC 248 victory over Romero, which saw the challenger do little to engage throughout the five-round affair.
“I’m looking forrard to that fight now more than than ever because I get a guy that’south actually going to come forrard, apply pressure and get hit past me a lot,” Adesanya said of what will likely be his side by side opponent. “I’ll option him apart. He’due south a guy that I’ll jab, pick off, catch him and and then knock him out.”
Costa was highly critical of Adesanya’s performance against Romero by describing Adesanya equally a “shameful champion” who is “agape to fight.” The ultra-aggressive Costa has proven to exist a force in the middleweight division with a xiii-0 tape (v-0 UFC) and all but one of those victories coming by knockout or submission. If and when they do foursquare off, UFC President Dana White has promised that the showdown will produce fireworks and be nothing like what fans saw at UFC 248.
“Costa vs. Adesanya will be a ridiculous fight,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “I guarantee it, I absolutely guarantee it. He got what he wanted, he got him (Romero) on his resume, he beat him, and onto Costa.”
Over the course of his MMA career, Adesanya has been a fighter who turns his opponent’s assailment against them and picks them apart with his vivid counterstriking. The aggressors (Kelvin Gastelum, Derrick Brunson and Robert Whitaker) accept all met their demise at the hands of Adesanya. Romero — who has been known to exist an explosive fighter — decided to non engage with the champion and attempted to allurement him into making the first mistake. Adesanya refused to oblige and plucked his way to a determination victory that wasn’t very pleasing to the eye. However, it was a safety-offset game plan and could take gone Romero’south fashion if he had been just a little more than aggressive.
Is it possible that “Borrachinha” deploys a similar strategy as Romero where he waits for Adesanya to brand the kickoff move and looks to capitalize?
Don’t count on it.
“He’s too dumb,” Adesanya told DAZN News. “He’s an ignoramus buffoonus.”