Costa vs. Adesanya UFC 253 Preview
In the most anticipated fight in recent years, Israel Adesanya V Paulo Costa fight it out for the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 253 this September 19. This fascinating fight is mouth-watering with two guys who have a genuine dislike for each other and have been at loggerheads for over 6 months. On September 19 we will really find out who is the kind of the UFC middleweight division.
The odds are in favor of the current Champion Adesanya, which may be surprising some even though he's undefeated in the octagon. Costa is a rock of a man and had pretty much dominated all his fights on his rise up the middleweight ranks, with his only real battle coming in the form of his fellow countryman Yoel Romero who has never made life for any rival easy.
Israel Adesanya - TO WIN -150
Paulo Costa - TO WIN +120
Both fighters have comfortably beaten past Champions and real contenders that make this fight that more interesting. They are also the first undefeated UFC fighters to fight for a UFC Title since Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida at UFC 93.
This contest is the eight-time in nine UFC fights that "The Last Stylebender" has begun as a favorite. The only time he has opened as an underdog was against then Australian UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker; however, the market swung slightly towards Adesenya with the majority of sportsbooks.
While Costa opens as the underdog for the second time in two fights; however, this was expected as Costa has fought the very best since entering the UFC in a super talented division. Costa will be extremely confident going as the underdog as the pressure will be reduced; however, the pundits are split over these two extremely dangerous fighters and its anyone's to win.
Who Will Win?
This is a tough fight call. Both fighters are outstanding strikers and this fight is unlikely to end on a submission. Adesanya is a former kickboxer with a fantastic record of 75 wins in 80 fights, explaining the record amount of knockdowns he has on the current UFC roster. Adesanya will look to use his speed and striking skills to stop the aggressive, raw power of Costa. If Adesanya can hold off Costa's constant pressure, he can likely do what no other man has done and stop the Brazilian.
Costa is an absolute brut of a man and looks three weight divisions above the weight he fights at. His power and strength are second to none, match this with his relentless aggression and pressure he puts on his opponents; this may be the key to unlocking the puzzle of defeating Adensanya.
Th fight is not likely to go the distance and unlikely to end on submission, so any bettors should look towards the victory by stoppage by either, which one, anybody knows?
Israel Adesanya is putting his UFC title on the line against the unbeaten and fiercely aggressive Paulo Costa in the main event of UFC 253 on September 19.
This Nigerian technician vs. Brazilian pressure fighter matchup is going to be a joy to watch,
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