Israel Adesanya refused to face Paulo Costa at UFC 251 or UFC 252, in line with Costa’s supervisor Wallid Ismail.
Ismail mentioned the UFC supplied Adesanya two dates to combat Costa and the UFC middleweight champion refused each instances. Adesanya and Costa have been jawing at one another ever since Costa beat Yoel Romero at UFC 241.
“UFC supplied Adesanya to combat on July 11 and August 15 and Adesanya declined each instances,” Ismail advised BJPENN.com. “His coach claims Adesanya hasn’t gotten a suggestion which isn’t true. We’ve proof.”
The combat at UFC 252 would have supposedly served as a co-headliner beneath the trilogy combat between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
Ismail advised the publication that two new dates are being explored. The primary can be a September date ought to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje fall via. Extra seemingly, nevertheless, Adesanya vs. Costa will headline an occasion in October.
Metropolis Kickboxing Head Coach Eugene Bareman additionally spoke a couple of goal date, saying Adesanya needs it on September.
“We’re good to go. We’re simply ready on them. September. September’s good for us,” Adesanya’s coach advised Submission Radio. “If the UFC need to put the combat on, then we would like it. Yeah, let’s push for September. It will give us sufficient time to prepare. A variety of the opposite noise to do with coronavirus and stuff would have calmed down. Let’s do it in September. Ship the contract over and we’ll get it carried out.”