MMA News Roundup: Conor McGregor Sends Israel Adesanya Some Support Amid Break; Dana White and Team Khabib Trash USADA; Paulo Costa Gives an Injury Update

Published 10/14/2023, 6:26 AM EDT

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The world of UFC is currently as volatile as it could possibly be. With multiple disasters and last-minute card changes, a lot of things have happened. However, we can cover a number of updates from the last 24 hours in one fell swoop. Multiple stars and their teams gave major reactions and updates in the past day.

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From Conor McGregor‘s praise to Israel Adesanya to Paulo Costa’s fight-stopping injury, the last week was pretty fast-paced with all the changes, especially if we include the UFC’s reaction to USADA’s statement. Here, we’ll go through each story and cover all the bases.

Conor McGregor showers ‘Izzy’ with praise

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In a recent interview, Adesanya opened up further about his loss against Sean Strickland. He emphasized on his willingness to always be a very active fighter in the UFC. He claimed that no other champions except for him and Alexander Volkanovski were “as active like that.” Conor McGregor decided to jump into the conversation with a tweet to support ‘Izzy’ but tear down ‘The Great’ at the same time.

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“Big glove boxing sparring rounds in an enclosed ring and you are doing Sean in with a hand behind your back, lad. Rest up. And then come back and get that belt back. And Volk couldn’t hold my spit bucket.” The fighter had said in a since deleted tweet. Clearly, McGregor’s series of deleted tweets keeps getting new editions every growing day. As for the fans, it was wholesome to see the former champ give a push forward to another former champ.

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Dana White and Team Khabib fire on USADA after leaving the UFC

The public exit of USADA from the UFC drug testing program has been quite an ordeal. Dana White has gone on record calling USADA’s accusations “sc*mbagism” in a very recent interview. While fighters from all across the MMA community have poured in their views, one particular fighter’s team very recently joined in on the conversation. Ali Abdelaziz, the manager of Team Khabib Nurmagomedov was very vocal about the issue in a recent interview with ESPN.

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“. . .without these athletes, we have nothing. Don’t go to people at 6:00 in the morning and wake them up. Don’t take blood from Islam right before his fight. Don’t do this kind of thing the day before weigh-in when he is drained,” said Abdelaziz when questions about the USADA were posed. Islam Makhachev and rumors about him using an IV drip went pretty viral right after his fight against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284. The work done by USADA was not entirely appreciated by Abdelaziz.

Paulo Costa gives an update to fans

To everyone’s disappointment, Paulo Costa will ultimately not be facing Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294. The star suffered an elbow injury that put him through surgery. And afterwards, it put him out of commission for good. He had to be replaced by Kamaru Usman for a middleweight bout. Costa recently gave fans an update about his health.

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Costa ensured fans that his surgery was “very well successful” and thanked the UFC for all their support. In an earlier comment on one of Dana White’s post, Costa had thanked him and the promotion for giving him excellent healthcare. Now, the fighter looks forward to quickly recovering and getting back on his feet.

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What do you think happens next for ‘Izzy’, Makhachev and Costa? Let us know in the comments your thoughts.

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Prit Chauhan

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Prit is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He gained great interest in the sport when he first saw WWE’s Brock Lesnar enter the cage. Having written stories in many formats helps Prit combine his craft of sewing together a narrative and his passion for MMA.
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Yeswanth Praveen

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