As the UFC approaches its 3rd event on Fight Island, the Middleweight contenders step into the cage. Saturday’s Fight Night Figueiredo vs Benavidez 2 will see a middleweight co main-event featuring Jack Hermansson and Kelvin Gastelum. Furthermore, the 25th July card will see former champion Robert Whittaker battle Darren Till in the main event. Hence, Dana White is constantly facing queries about the 185 lbs strap defense.
At the pre-fight media interaction via UFC on BT Sport, the UFC President spoke about the eagerly anticipated Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa fight. He said, “They’re gonna fight and that fights gonna happen.”
Later, when probed about Costa’s comments about being ready to fight for an Interim Title, White said that the delays were all on ‘Borrachinha.’ The Brazilian fighter defeated Yoel Romero to earn a shot at the belt. However, due to a setback, the UFC inserted Romero to the title fight at UFC 248.
White said, “Well the fight took so long to get ready cause he got hurt, that’s why the fight is taking so long. The fight was supposed to happen a long time ago, but he got hurt, so we’ve been waiting for him to get healed.”
Costa has recovered and is raring to go. He is accusing ‘The Last Stylebender’ of running away from him. Adesanya is silent and remains in New Zealand, perhaps working out behind the scenes and readying himself.
Dana White concluded, “He’s better right now and obviously the world is nuts right now. So we’re getting everything lined up, and that fights gonna happen. There’s no need to do any other fights.”
These comments seal the deal and assure fans that the Costa-Adesanya clash has gotten the green signal. The duo is undefeated in professional competition. Costa has cobbled up a 13-0 record since making his debut in 2012.
Meanwhile, ‘The Last Stylebender’ boasts of an 18-0 record. The fighters have a combined 25/31 wins via (T)KO, which will enthuse fans who want to see an action-packed contest.
The biggest question on behalf of the MMA world regarding the fight will be its date. When and where do you see the Middleweight Championship fight taking place?
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