’Just Swallow Your Ego”- Israel Adesanya Rips Paulo Costa for His Latest Excuses

Published 03/01/2021, 11:24 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigerian is interviewed after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


Paulo Costa is still not over his UFC 253 loss against Israel Adesanya. In fact, the latter has called Costa out for his ‘excuses.’ Most recently, the former Middleweight contender claimed he was hungover due to too much wine before the fight. However, ‘Stylebender’ didn’t like those claims too much as he took a shot at ‘ Borrachinha’ in a recent interview.

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Costa suffered a second-round TKO loss against Adesanya in the main event of UFC 253. The Brazilian was looking to capture the middleweight belt but Adesanya’s flair, speed, and technique seemed too much for him to handle.

Despite the one-sided loss, Costa has been vocal for a rematch.

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Israel Adesanya destroys Paulo Costa’s claims

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Adesanya expressed his anguish about Costa’s excuses and ripped him apart.

The UFC middleweight champion said, “I’ll tell you one thing: The best thing to do in his position is accept the fact he lost. He got his a** whooped. The fact that he keeps trying to make all these excuses, it’s only going to do him worse in the long run. He’s making excuses because his ego can’t handle the fact that ‘The Skinny Clown’ whooped his ass badly then double-tapped him twice.”

Just swallow your ego. You got your ass whooped. Get back to the drawing board and reassess your whole game. You can’t just rest on that because if you do – this is my advice – you’ll never get far in life, or in this game,” he added.

It’s true that Costa has made some outlandish excuses about his loss against ‘Stylebender’. ‘The Eraser’ was absolutely erased by the champion when they fought as Adesanya looked light years ahead of him in terms of skill set.

One might advise the Brazilian to focus on perfecting his gameplan rather than making blatant claims.

Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa: is a rematch on the cards?

Adesanya and Costa had a heated build-up to their fight. But ‘Stylebender‘ dismantled Costa when they fought. Consequently, he seems to have bigger things in mind for now rather than rematching Costa.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

As for the Brazilian, he is looking to get another crack at the champion in near future. But he has to get past Robert Whittaker in his next fight.

The Reaper‘ and ‘Borrachinha‘ are set to clash on April 17th. And one might argue that the former champion can be too much to handle for Costa if the latter doesn’t make necessary adjustments.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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