Adesanya destroys Costa
Israel Adesanya defends the Middleweight Championship with a great KO to Paulo Costa. Jan Blachowicz was also proclaimed champion by KO in the second round.
Long legs are one of the hallmarks of Israel Adesanya. The UFC middleweight champion proved again that he knows how to use it as two weapons of mass destruction. With them he kept Paulo Costa at bay and began the beginning of the end for the Brazilian. The Nigerian won by KO in the second round and adds his third defense. He begins to clean up the division, but he wants to make history and has already made it clear who should be next. "If he has beaten Whittaker, he has to be next," he said about the Octagon when talking about Darren Till.
Outside of the paraphernalia that surrounds the champion and that was present in the previous one, Adesanya drew up a masterful plan and executed it without skipping a line. He looked serious, knowing what was at stake. Meanwhile, we saw Costa hesitant, entering the game of provocation of the previous one and in the end it took its toll. The champion used his legs to slow down Costa, who was stronger, yes, but slower and smaller. That was a drag, because it didn't allow him to throw many punches and the leg work was worse.
Adesanya showed extraordinary abilities to work with his legs. He never rushed and was fighting calmly. In the second round, with a kick, he touched Costa on the temple. He knew it was time and put pressure. He got in close range, they crossed blows (he avoided all of them because of his speed) and struck the challenger with a right hand that hit him in the ear. Then he had to finish it on the ground and pound, but it was a process. With intelligence and precision she had finished with him. Another notch for Adesanya, who looks to the future again. He wants more.
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