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Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa may not prove historical, but certainly should not be missed | Opinion

29 days ago   |   By MMAjunkie

ABU DHABI - Saturday's championship bout between UFC middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya and top contender Paulo Costa has clear historical significance, but the bout's position in terms of true impact on the sport's chronicles may only be clear in retrospect.
Surprisingly, the UFC 253 headliner is just the second time in modern UFC history that two undefeated male fighters have squared off with a title on the line. The first such instance saw Lyoto Machida defeat Rashad Evans for the light heavyweight title in May 2009.
“I love these kind of fights,” UFC president Dana White told MMA...
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WATCH: Dana White caught in the middle as Adesanya and Costa staredown erupts ahead of UFC 253 headliner

WATCH: Dana White caught in the middle as Adesanya and Costa staredown erupts ahead of UFC 253 headliner

29 days ago   |   By RT

If the build-up to their UFC middleweight title clash had seemed unexpectedly serene, then things exploded into life at Friday's final staredown between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa.
Middleweight ruler Adesanya and Brazil's Costa both put their unbeaten records on the line as they headline UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi this weekend, and things got heated ahead of time when they faced off on Friday.
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UFC 253 video: Israel Adesanya, Paulo Costa have to be separated

29 days ago   |   By MMAjunkie

ABU DHABI - Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa got one final look at each other ahead of Saturday's middleweight title fight at UFC 253.
After successfully make weight for the main event matchup, Adesanya and Costa participated in a staredown, which marks the end of the pre-fight build to the battle of unbeatens.
It was an intense face-to-face, with both needing to be separated after Costa, who was wearing a black belt around his waist, pulled out a white belt and threw it at Adesanya. It was an appropriate table-setter for just the second men's title fight in UFC history featuring two...
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Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa is a rare win-win situation for the UFC

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa is a rare win-win situation for the UFC

29 days ago   |   By Sporting News

Both Adesanya and Costa have star qualities, so the outcome of UFC 253's main event will be beneficial for the world's biggest MMA promotion, regardless of who comes out on top.
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UFC 253 fight card - Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa: Date, odds, start time, price, guide

29 days ago   |   By CBS Sports

Two big title fights headline the card on Sept. 26
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Video: Dan Hardy breaks down Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa at UFC 253

29 days ago   |   By MMAjunkie

Two bonafide finishers will go head-to-head in the main event of UFC 253 with the UFC middleweight title - and their undefeated records - on the line.
Israel Adesanya will look to defend his status as the UFC's premier 185-pound fighter when he lines up opposite Brazilian powerhouse Paulo Costa on “UFC Fight Island.”
Costa has torn through the middleweight division to earn his shot at the gold. He reeled off four straight knockouts, then out-battled Yoel Romero in a three-round war to earn a title fight with Adesanya , who is looking to register his second straight title defense.
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