After being on a collision course for greater than two years, Costa (13-Zero MMA, 5-Zero UFC) lastly will get his probability to place arms on Adesanya (19-Zero MMA, 8-Zero UFC) when he challenges for the middleweight title within the Sept. 19 pay-per-view headliner, which nonetheless doesn’t have an introduced location.
There have been many private phrases spoken because the pair landed on one another’s radar, and the result’s some dangerous blood heading into the matchup. Costa mentioned the meat just isn’t fabricated, particularly after Adesanya’s repeated steroid accusations. Costa mentioned that historical past gained’t be washed away with a single battle.
“Even after I knock him out, I cannot shake his hand,” Costa advised MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “It will likely be wild. It will likely be savage. … I consider within the second spherical (I’ll knock him out) as a result of he’ll run lots within the first spherical.”
The hatred between Costa and Adesanya isn’t the one factor that makes the UFC 253 title battle particular. It will likely be simply the second time in UFC historical past that two undefeated male athletes conflict for a belt, with Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 in Could 2009 being the primary.
With the 2 sides combining for a outstanding 32-Zero report, somebody (barring a draw) goes to come back out with their first loss. Nobody has been capable of resolve the puzzle that’s both man, however Costa mentioned he is aware of precisely what he must do to say gold.
The Brazilian is nothing wanting a powerhouse contained in the cage, with all however considered one of his 13 profession victories coming by stoppage. He’s seen how Adesanya’s previous two opponents – Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker – have approached preventing the champion, and he mentioned it’s been mistaken.
Costa, in his thoughts, causes critical points.
“I cannot be staying and ready for him,” Costa mentioned. “I do know he can run lots, and that’s what he needs to do, what he often does. I gained’t wait like Romero did. I’ll hunt him contained in the cage and shut the space and land my pictures to his physique and his face. … Don’t go so quick like Whittaker and don’t go sluggish like Romero. Make a stability. I believe I’m very completely different from each guys as a result of I can strain him each minute for the 25 minutes.
“I can maintain the strain very, very aggressive in opposition to him. I can push him always, and I’ve quite a lot of energy in my arms, on my bones in my arms and kicks. In opposition to him, I simply want one shot to complete the battle.”
The watch for Costa to be locked contained in the octagon with Adesanya has required critical endurance. He ought to’ve had the battle as a substitute of Romero at UFC 248 in March, however biceps surgical procedure prevented him from making the date. He mentioned he’s wholesome now, although, and intends to make Adesanya pay for all of the adverse feedback he’d made about him.
“To Israel Adesanya I’d identical to to say: Don’t hand over on this battle,” Costa mentioned. “Let’s battle. It’s your time to battle me, to face me, and let’s see what number of hits in your skinny physique, skinny face you will get.”