Dana White Explains Why Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa Hasn’t Been Booked

UFC president Dana White has offered a simple explanation for why Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa isn’t official yet. It’s clear to many that the next UFC middleweight title bout to make is Adesanya vs. Costa. Back in March, Costa was set t…

UFC president Dana White has offered a simple explanation for why Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa isn’t official yet. It’s clear to many that the next UFC middleweight title bout to make is Adesanya vs. Costa. Back in March, Costa was set to get a crack at Adesanya’s 185-pound gold. Costa was still recovering from […]

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UFC 4 Reveals Jorge Masvidal, Israel Adesanya Cover, Release Date, Video Trailer

EA Sports announced Saturday that UFC BMF champion Jorge Masvidal and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will grace the cover of the UFC 4 video game this year: EA …

EA Sports announced Saturday that UFC BMF champion Jorge Masvidal and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will grace the cover of the UFC 4 video game this year: EA …

Israel Adesanya & Jorge Masvidal Are Cover Athletes For EA Sports UFC 4

The countdown to EA Sports UFC 4 has begun and the cover athletes have been revealed. In a press release sent just hours before UFC 251 on July 11, the folks at EA Sports have revealed that UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal w…

The countdown to EA Sports UFC 4 has begun and the cover athletes have been revealed. In a press release sent just hours before UFC 251 on July 11, the folks at EA Sports have revealed that UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal will serve as the cover athletes. Masvidal is set to […]

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Manager Claims Israel Adesanya Turned Down Two UFC Fights With Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa’s manager, Wallid Ismail is claiming that Israel Adesanya has turned down two bouts. Adesanya vs. Costa seems to be inevitable. Costa was supposed to receive a UFC middleweight title opportunity back in March but was still recovering …

Paulo Costa’s manager, Wallid Ismail is claiming that Israel Adesanya has turned down two bouts. Adesanya vs. Costa seems to be inevitable. Costa was supposed to receive a UFC middleweight title opportunity back in March but was still recovering from surgery despite insisting he was ready. Adesanya ended up defeating Yoel Romero via unanimous decision […]

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Paulo Costa’s Manager: Coach Lied, Israel Adesanya Turned Down UFC 251 Fight

Costa AdesanyaIsrael Adesanya was offered a fight with Paulo Costa as early as UFC 251 this weekend — only for him to turn it down according to manager Wallid Ismail. Adesanya has been expected to defend his middleweight title against Costa for months but there is yet to be any movement on that front. There was […]

Costa Adesanya

Israel Adesanya was offered a fight with Paulo Costa as early as UFC 251 this weekend — only for him to turn it down according to manager Wallid Ismail.

Adesanya has been expected to defend his middleweight title against Costa for months but there is yet to be any movement on that front.

There was recent talk of them coaching on the return of The Ultimate Fighter leading up a title fight before it was denied by Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman, who claimed nothing regarding Adesanya and Costa fighting at all was presented his way.

Ismail: Costa Fight Was Offered For UFC 251

But according to Costa’s manager Ismail, that is a lie.

“His coach lied,” Ismail told MMA Fighting. “He has to understand that when he says something in Australia we can see it right away in Brazil through the internet. He can’t lie. There was an offer for July 11, and then they said August, and now they are talking September or October.”

Costa would confirm the same in a recent Instagram post.

As for The Ultimate Fighter, Costa’s team was campaigning to coach on “TUF” and according to Ismail, Dana White loved the idea as well.

While there is no update on that front, Ismail believes having Costa and Adesanya on the returning edition before facing each other for the title will only lead to ratings.

“It would be huge,” Ismail said. “Everybody loves watching two guys that hate each other. When was the last time you saw two undefeated guys fighting for the belt? It’s going to be incredible.”

When it comes down to a potential fight between Adesanya and Costa, there are also complications as the latter trains in Brazil and won’t be able to compete in the United States at least when the UFC returns there in August amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For now, Ismail can only hope “The Last Stylebender” accepts a fight sooner rather than later.

“Don’t run away from this fight please,” Ismail added. “His coach is trying to act like a manager now and that’s how careers end. We’re hoping to have a date some time this year, and I just hope they stop crying. Adesanya is crying. He can’t say anything online until he actually signs the deal. If you’re offered a fight and don’t take it, you can’t say anything.”

Do you think we’ll see the fight this year?

UFC 4 Cover Featuring Jorge Masvidal, Israel Adesanya Allegedly Leaked

UFC 4The new UFC 4 video game cover has been allegedly leaked. UFC 4 is the latest installment by EA Sports which was set to be revealed during the UFC 251 pay-per-view event taking place this Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Much debate has been going on as to who will star on the cover this time. […]

UFC 4

The new UFC 4 video game cover has been allegedly leaked.

UFC 4 is the latest installment by EA Sports which was set to be revealed during the UFC 251 pay-per-view event taking place this Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

Much debate has been going on as to who will star on the cover this time. Manager Ali Abdelaziz recently hinted that it was Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal as he felt lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov should have been on the cover.

Masvidal, Adesanya Star In UFC 4 Cover?

It turns out he was right as the Microsoft store seems to have leaked the UFC 4 cover a bit early.

You can see it below:

While this is not 100 percent confirmed, it certainly looks to be the real deal.

Nurmagomedov or another fighter could still yet be on the cover, albeit on a different and premium version of the game as was the case with UFC 3.

With Masvidal competing in the UFC 251 headliner against Kamaru Usman and Adesanya set to defend his 185-pound strap against Paulo Costa, they will certainly be hoping the UFC cover curse doesn’t strike again.

What do you think of the cover? And do you think another fighter such as Nurmagomedov should have been on it?