Israel Adesanya Raises Questions About Yoel Romero’s Canceled Fight

Published 09/17/2020, 3:32 PM EDT


Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa despise each other, and it has been a part of the storyline in the build-up to the fight. The fact that both men can not stand each other piques the interest of fans. 

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Leading into the fight, both men have poked fun at each other multiple times. Whether it’s Costa calling his opponent the fastest man on the planet or Israel Adesanya mocking the former’s size, the duo has been creative in their call-outs.

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Israel Adesanya will defend his title for the second time at UFC 253. He will put his undefeated record on the line against Paulo Costa, who is also undefeated. Costa has been on a tear since joining the UFC Middleweight division. 

Since his debut, Costa has stopped all of his opponents besides one. The one man who went the distance against Costa was Yoel Romero. 

Ahead of their title fight, Adesanya has frequently accused Costa of using performance-enhancing drugs and said that he would pop Costa before USADA does. 

Israel Adesanya gives his thoughts on Paulo Costa being “Clean”

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Adesanya was asked about his chat with Costa on ESPN. To which Adesanya replied saying:

It was a bit awkward at first. [Because] when they put the thing on, I was talking to him and I asked him how many times he’d been tested. [Because] I was tested that week twice by surprise. I was giving him sh*t, and he was giving me sh*t.”

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Helwani went on to ask Adesanya if he was concerned that Paulo was not fighting “Clean.” The Nigerian born Adesanya replied saying, “It’s not a concern. But I’ve said it even last year when I wanted to fight him. I said I’ll pop him before USADA does. That will grow my legacy even more.” 

Israel Adesanya suggests Yoel Romero is a cheater

In the same interview, Adesanya said, “Tell me what happened to [Uriah] Hall and [Yoel] Romero? Why was it scrapped?… It never came out in the headlines that it was off due to injury. It just said the fight was scrapped. But if the nose knows, the nose knows. “

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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