UFC Middleweight title challenger Paulo Costa spoke out at a media scrum ahead of UFC 253. The Brazilian fighter is one half of the headlining feature alongside Israel Adesanya, who holds the coveted status as the undisputed champion. The fight between the two is being touted as an instant candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’ by the UFC President.
Both fighters have the stylistic capabilities to provide an absolute barn burner for fight fans around the world. Paulo Costa brings forth a heavy pressuring style, whereas ‘Izzy‘ utilizes his world-class counter striking when he enters the cage. However, Adesanya’s previous fight didn’t live up to the hype when he faced the explosive Cuban wrestler, Yoel Romero.
‘The Last Stylebender‘ usually never has boring fights. However, he could not engage much with Romero. The UFC 248 fight was extremely stagnant, with several moments of complete inactivity. Hence, Israel Adesanya will be keen to move past the aforementioned fight and get back to being the electrifying striker he’s known to be.
‘The Eraser’ called back to Adesanya’s first title defense against Romero and drew some parallels through the bout. Additionally, the heavy-handed striker touched on the fact that he wasn’t willing to chase Israel. However, he added that he would put forward an unrelenting pace.
“First of all, as you say, he’s a counter. Everybody here saw when he fought Romero. If one guy doesn’t push him, he will not push out. He will stand and the guy came for him so I will try to push him to bring him to the fight, but if he avoids the fight, I will not run. I will not chase him all the time. I will go back to the middle and cut the angles and try to make the fight happen.”
Costa has never failed to deliver high octane action every time he’s stepped foot inside the cage. Fight fans believe that regardless of what he says, the fight will play on like a bull vs a matador. Not to mention, Israel Adesanya will show up in fine form and put the Yoel Romero match-up far behind in the rearview mirror.
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