The most anticipated middleweight title fight in UFC history will take place later this month when Paulo Costa challenges Israel Adesanya on September 26.
Both men will enter the UFC 253 headliner sporting perfect professional records and thus someone’s zero will have to go.
Paulo Costa currently sports a professional record of 13-0, with his most recent win coming over Yoel Romero by way of unanimous decision at UFC 241. Prior to outpointing ‘The Soldier of God’ in August of 2019, all of the Brazilians most previous victories had come by way of stoppage.
During his impressive run with the UFC, Costa has scored finishes over highly touted opponents Oluwale Bamgbose, Johny Hendricks and Uriah Hall.
‘The Eraser’ will be looking to earn another stoppage victory later this month when he scares off with “skinny man” Israel Adesanya.
Paulo Costa appears to be in phenomenal shape ahead this month’s pay-per-view event, as showcased in his most recent video on Instagram.
Paulo Costa was last seen in action at UFC 241 in August of 2019, where he scored a unanimous decision victory over Yoel Romero. That win marked Costa’s first career victory on points, as all twelve of his most previous wins had come by form of stoppage.
During his impressive UFC run, ‘The Eraser’ has scored finishes over opponents Garreth McLellan, Oluwale Bamgbose, Johny Hendricks and Uriah Hall.
Meanwhile, Israel Adesanya (19-0 MMA) was last seen in action at March’s UFC 248 event, where he scored a lackluster decision victory over the aforementioned Yoel Romero.
Although is last performance was not one to remember, ‘Stylebender’ has delivered some epic Octagon appearances in the past, including his wins over Derek Brunson, Kelvin Gastelum and Robert Whittaker.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on September 10, 2020