Pros react after Israel Adesanya TKO’s Paulo Costa at UFC 253

Israel Adesanya, Paulo Costa

Tonight’s UFC 253 event was headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring undefeated fighters Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa.

The UFC’s reigning middleweight champion, Adesanya (19-0 MMA), was returning to action for the first time since defeating Yoel Romero this past March. Prior to his lackluster unanimous decision win over the Cuban, ‘Stylebender’ had earned a sensational knockout victory over Robert Whittaker at UFC 243.

Meanwhile, Paulo Costa (13-0 MMA) was most previously in action at UFC 241 in August of 2019 where he defeated the aforementioned Yoel Romero by way of unanimous decision. Prior to outpointing ‘The Soldier of God‘, Costa had finished all twelve of his previous opponents, which included eleven wins by knockout.

Tonight’s UFC 253 main event proved to be a fairly one sided contest. Israel Adesanya was able to dominate the opening round by utilizing a steady barrage of low kicks. Then in round two, ‘Stylebender’ would drop the Brazilian and finish Costa off with punches on the ground.

Official UFC 253 Result: Israel Adesanya def. Paulo Costa via TKO at 3:49 of Round 2

Check out how the pros reacted to Adesanya defeating Costa below:

https://twitter.com/randamma/status/1310074386871799808

https://twitter.com/TMarretaMMA/status/1310077605169762304

https://twitter.com/USMAN84kg/status/1310077542372724736

https://twitter.com/francis_ngannou/status/1310077450303369216

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on September 26, 2020