Israel Adesanya responds to Paulo Costa

Israel Adesanya

It is becoming very clear that current interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and surging contender Paulo Costa do not like each other.

Following his thrilling five round decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, Adesanya was targeted by Costa in a social media post.

“Really this is the interim (fake) champ?” wrote Costa. “No doubt this weight division has already been better than this s**t. Enjoy this while you can man, I really hope that you take the real belt one day to meet me. Note: And I’m not the Gastelum.”

Paulo Costa
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As expected, Israel Adesanya did not take well to Costa’s comments and thus unleashed some words of his own while a guest on The MMA Hour.

“Fake champ? Does he have belt?. He wishes he was a fake champion as well” Adesanya laughed. “Didn’t he get popped for something recently? Like Açaí in the stomach or something? I just want to get him before USADA gets him and eventually, if he climbs up the ranks like he thinks he will, then eventually we’ll see each other. Gastelum is a tough guy and he got touched up by Uriah. Did you see his face after the Uriah fight? He got touched up.”

Israel Adesanya is expected to fight Robert Whittaker in a middleweight title unification bout later this summer.

As for Paulo Costa, the Brazilian was linked to fights with Yoel Romero on two separate occasions, neither of which came to fruition.

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