Israel Adesanya to face Paulo Costa at UFC 253, per report

Israel Adesanya to face Paulo Costa at UFC 253, per report”

A venue for the bout between Adesanya and Costa is yet to be set, however the Herald understands Yas Island, colloquially referred to as Fight Island, in Abu Dhabi appears to be the most likely option.

After months of silence concerning that fight, it was reported by Combate's Marcelo Barone that the fight was scheduled for UFC 253 on September 19.

It was initially thought that Costa would be the next man to challenge Adesanya following his victory over The Cuban, however, a bicep injury forced the Brazilian to be put on the sidelines.

Israel Adesanya will defend against Paulo Costa Sept. 19. Thus far, the 30-year-old remains undefeated within the promotion, with his wins coming over top names such as Robert Whittaker (via KO at UFC 243), Anderson Silva (via unanimous decision at UFC 234), and Kelvin Gastelum (via unanimous decision at UFC 236).

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The fight will mark just the second time in UFC history that two undefeated males fight for an undisputed title. Fans have clamored for a fight between the two since as Costa has been present for two of Adesanya's previous bouts to stoke the flames of their rivalry.

This evening, Paulo Costa took to Twitter where he reacted to the news that his long awaited title fight with Israel Adesanya had finally been made official.

Costa (13-0), from Brazil, most recently defeated Romero via unanimous decision in August 2019.

However Costa hasn't fought since August a year ago, also earning victory over Romero by unanimous decision.

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