Israel Adesanya Plans To Finish Jared Cannonier Like He Did Paulo Costa, ‘Minus The Tap-Tap At The End’

Israel AdesanyaAhead of next weekend’s UFC 276 title headliner against Jared Cannonier, reigning middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has predicted a similar performance in store for the challenger as to his display against Brazilian contender, Paulo Costa back in September 2020. Vying for his fifth successful defense of the undisputed middleweight championship, Israel Adesanya makes his second […]

Israel Adesanya

Ahead of next weekend’s UFC 276 title headliner against Jared Cannonier, reigning middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has predicted a similar performance in store for the challenger as to his display against Brazilian contender, Paulo Costa back in September 2020.

Vying for his fifth successful defense of the undisputed middleweight championship, Israel Adesanya makes his second Octagon walk of the year at the International Fight Week event, having previously taken main event honors against common-foe, former champion, Robert Whittaker back in February.

Closing the curtain on UFC 271 at the Toyota Center, Adesanya landed a second career win over the former undisputed champion, landing a close, unanimous decision victory over Whittaker. 

As for Cannonier, the Texan headlines his first pay-per-view event for the organization when he draws Adesanya next Saturday – having earned his title tilt with an impressive second round ground strikes win over another common opponent, Derek Brunson. 

Israel Adesanya lays out his prediction for UFC 276 next weekend

Predicting how he plans to defeat Cannonier next weekend at the T-Mobile Arena, Adesanya recalled his one-sided ‘Fight Island’ knockout win over the aforenoted, Costa – however, insisted that he would likely refrain from hip-thrusting this time around.

“Prediction? I’ll give you a prediction,” Israel Adesanya told assembled media during a press conference in Australia. “It’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be fun – it’s gonna look a lot like the (Paulo) Costa fight, minus the little tap-tap at the end, but it will look a lot like the Costa fight.” 

Headlining an Abu Dhabi, UAE card against Costa back in September 2020, Adesanya handed the Belo Horizonte native his first professional loss in the form of a second round high-kick and subsequent strikes knockout loss to successfully land his second title defense. 

Adesanya x Cannonier headlines the upcoming UFC 276 card as part of an undisputed championship doubleheader, with a featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and former champion, Max Holloway set to co-headline in a third title fight between the duo.

Glover Teixeira Scolds Paulo Costa For His Recent Social Media Antics

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira isn’t happy with his Brazilian colleague Paulo Costa’s recent social media banter. Teixeira is widely regarded as one of the most respected competitors in MMA today. He earned the light heavyweight title over Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267 before losing his belt to Ji?í Procházka at UFC 275….

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Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira isn’t happy with his Brazilian colleague Paulo Costa’s recent social media banter.

Teixeira is widely regarded as one of the most respected competitors in MMA today. He earned the light heavyweight title over Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267 before losing his belt to Ji?í Procházka at UFC 275.

Costa is just weeks away from a return to the Octagon against former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 278. He’s coming off of back-to-back losses to Marvin Vettori and Israel Adesanya.

Amidst his recent struggles in the cage, Costa has managed to make a name for himself on social media. He often posts humorous tweets but also isn’t afraid to take shots at Brazilian fighters such as Charles Oliveira who suffer fallbacks in their careers.

In a recent interview with Ag.Fight, Teixeira explained why he’s disappointed in how Costa conducts himself on social media and his trolling of fellow Brazilians.

“The guy sees it and he’s like, ‘Damn man, this is the way. I’m really not winning a shit, not even hitting the weight or doing any shit. I’m like the worst professional, so what am I going to do here?’ That’s the way out, creating controversy,” Teixeira said of Costa. “Calling the guy, putting the guy down when he is at the worst moment of his life. ‘Oo oh, Charles lost his belt’, Talking shit, you know?! Because it will sell, because it will sell. He already knows that.” (h/t SportsKeeda)

Teixeira is referring to a recent tweet from Costa in which he mocked Oliveira’s inability to speak English, along with other Brazilian fighters such as José Aldo and former UFC champion Anderson Silva.

Costa also mocked Oliveira’s weight miss before his fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.

In a separate interview with ESPN Brazil, Teixeira clarified his stance when it comes to Costa’s trolling.

“I’m not saying he’s right or wrong,” Teixeira opined. “If we’re talking about money and followers, he’s right. It’s not my goal to have followers. My goal was always to be the best fighter in the world. When I retire from fighting, I’ll delete all my social media and start over.”

Despite recent retirement talk, Teixeira seems fixated on a return to the UFC later this year. He could get another light heavyweight title shot with a win in his next appearance.

Costa has rubbed some fighters, including Teixeira, the wrong way with his recent behavior. He entered the week of his fight with Vettori badly overweight, which forced the UFC to make the previously scheduled middleweight bout a 205lb main event.

While Costa can be seen as an entertaining follow on social media, Teixeira believes that Costa should focus on getting back on track in his UFC career.

Do you agree with Glover Teixeira regarding Paulo Costa?

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Former UFC Champion Says Paulo Costa is ‘Corrupted’, Compares Costa to Kim Kardashian and Jake Paul

Paulo Costa CorruptedLove him or hate him, Paulo Costa is solidifying himself as one of MMA’s most controversial figures. From his most recent altercation where the young Brazilian allegedly elbowed a nurse over a vaccine card, to claiming the reason for his loss at UFC 253 was because the night before he drank too much wine, ‘Borrachina’ […]

Paulo Costa Corrupted

Love him or hate him, Paulo Costa is solidifying himself as one of MMA’s most controversial figures. From his most recent altercation where the young Brazilian allegedly elbowed a nurse over a vaccine card, to claiming the reason for his loss at UFC 253 was because the night before he drank too much wine, ‘Borrachina’ keeps landing himself in the headlines and let’s just say, it’s not for doing things that make himself look like a class act.

Before his fight at UFC 275, the former light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira spoke his mind about his fellow Brazilian MMA fighter, Paulo Costa.

“I believe ‘Borrachina’ is too corrupted by Instagram and Youtube followers, maybe he wants attention to gain followers, like Jake Paul,” Teixeira told ESPN Brazil (transcribed by MMA Fighting).

Paulo Costa Gets Blasted By Glover Teixeira Ahead of UFC 275

“Honestly, look, he has more followers than me, right? Maybe that’s worth more money down the line, so who am I to talk? It that’s his goal, gain more followers and be the Kim Kardashian of Instagram, he’s on the right path,” Teixeira continued.

“Now, if his goal is to become champion, he has to leave the controversies aside and focus on training, diet, and what he wants… I’m not saying he’s right or wrong. If we’re talking about money and followers, he’s right. It’s not my goal to have followers. My goal was always to be the best fighter in the world. When I retire from fighting, I’ll delete all my social media and start over.”

Paulo Costa (13-2, 5-2 UFC) is preparing for one of his most legendary foes yet, Luke Rockhold. The fabled self-proclaimed Samurai Rockhold is coming back from a three-year layoff.

Costa has yet to comment on these insights from Glover Teixeira, but most likely he’s got bigger concerns. As he’s still dealing with the after-effects of the nurse situation and preparing for his previously mentioned fight with Rockhold, which is slated for UFC 278: a card to be headlined by reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards.

What are your thoughts on what Glover Teixeira had to say about Paulo Costa?

Strickland Credits Costa For His “Deluded, Demented Mind”

UFC middleweight Sean Strickland believes that he’s met his match in fellow contender Paulo Costa when it comes to saying “offensive sh*t.” Since rising towards the top at 185 pounds, Strickland has turned up his outspoken personality. By turned up, we mean beyond the limit of arguably anyone else in the UFC, mixed martial arts,…

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UFC middleweight Sean Strickland believes that he’s met his match in fellow contender Paulo Costa when it comes to saying “offensive sh*t.”

Since rising towards the top at 185 pounds, Strickland has turned up his outspoken personality. By turned up, we mean beyond the limit of arguably anyone else in the UFC, mixed martial arts, and let’s face it, Earth.

From the controversy surrounding some homophobic comments and some insults directed at Khalil Rountree Jr. to a spat with Jan Blachowicz over the Russian invasion of Ukraine and some bizarre remarks surrounding an apparent desire to kill, “Tarzan” hasn’t been afraid to transform his thoughts into words.

But one man who’s beginning to follow a similar path is Strickland’s fellow top-five middleweight Costa. While the Brazilian’s reputation was that of a brutal knockout artist prior to an unsuccessful 2020 title shot, he’s since established a presence on social media that’s become similarly controversial to Strickland’s own activity.

During a recent interview with Helen Yee, Strickland assessed “Borrachinha.” While he insisted that he’d have his hand raised against him in the Octagon, the 31-year-old appeared to suggest that Costa’s “demented” mind even outdoes his own.

“You know, I’m actually a big fan of Costa. He might be a borderline — he might be a little retarded, I’ll give him that, but I actually like (him),” said Strickland. “I’ve never met a man who says more offensive sh*t than me. So, Paulo, I’d beat you in a fight, but as far as your f*cking deluded, demented mind, I’m a fan of it.”

Costa’s newfound presence on social media has mostly involved the use of memes, which has even seen him launch a $2,000 meme competition.

But the Brazilian’s most recent posts have surrounded his alleged assault of a nurse in his home country. Last week, it was reported that Costa had elbowed a medical practitioner while attempting to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination card.

As well as using Better Call Saul and Jorge Masvidal’s own legal troubles to make light of the situation on Twitter, Costa did release a serious video addressing the accusations, during which he denied assaulting the nurse and threatened legal action.

Who do you think is more controversial, Sean Strickland or Paulo Costa?

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Paulo Costa To Take Legal Action Against Nurse If She Doesn’t Apologize

Paulo Costa has taken to social media to once again proclaim his innocence in regard to recent allegations of elbowing a nurse. Last week UFC middleweight Paulo Costa was arrested in Brazil after allegedly elbowing a nurse in the face in a hospital. The reports of the situation say that Costa went to a health…

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Paulo Costa has taken to social media to once again proclaim his innocence in regard to recent allegations of elbowing a nurse.

Last week UFC middleweight Paulo Costa was arrested in Brazil after allegedly elbowing a nurse in the face in a hospital. The reports of the situation say that Costa went to a health facility to obtain a vaccination card and was trying to leave with a card and not actually getting the vaccination. The nurse was reportedly trying to stop him from leaving when the supposed act of violence was committed.

Now, Costa is coming to his own defense and avowing his innocence. He posted his explanation on social media.

“A false accusation of physical aggression was leveled against me and I will show for you guys the facts, the proofs and you guys will know what I’m talking about,” Costa said via BJPenn.com. “I’m being accused of elbowing a women who is supposed to be a nurse on her face. I’m a professional MMA artist and you can imagine the damage my elbow may cause on an unprotected woman’s face? Something terrible to even imagine that. But I’m here to say to everyone that never happened and I will show you guys why. I have proof of that.”

Following reports of the arrest Costa and his team immediately denied the claims. They are proclaiming that his act did not happen at all and now Costa is looking for a public apology from his supposed victim.

“Any form of violence against women is unacceptable. As a result of misleading imputations simply serve to discredit and hide the actual battle against women’s violence. We know this kind of false allegation is very serious. So I really hope this woman decides to make her public apologies or else legal actions may be necessary, unfortunately.”

Costa is scheduled to make his next appearance in the UFC Octagon on August 20, at UFC 278 when he takes on Luke Rockhold.

Do you believe Paulo Costa is guilty of elbowing the nurse in question?

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Video | Paulo Costa Claims Assault Accusations Are Fake – “I Have Proof of That”

Paulo Costa Assault AccusationsUFC middleweight title contender Paulo Costa is battling some serious accusations that include allegedly elbowing a nurse over a vaccine card. The news emerged earlier this week, and now, Costa has released a video statement on the situation. “Hello people, unfortunately, this is not a funny video,” Paulo Costa began on Twitter. “But, it’s very […]

Paulo Costa Assault Accusations

UFC middleweight title contender Paulo Costa is battling some serious accusations that include allegedly elbowing a nurse over a vaccine card. The news emerged earlier this week, and now, Costa has released a video statement on the situation.

“Hello people, unfortunately, this is not a funny video,” Paulo Costa began on Twitter. “But, it’s very important to be here and speak in English, as I did before: but I speak in Portuguese for Brazilian people.”

“…It’s very important to me that everyone who speaks English knows as well about the fact that has been widely reported recently. Very terrible news against me, right? A false accusation of physical aggression was leveled against me… I will show for you guys, the facts, the proof.”

Paulo Costa Denies Assault Accusations Over Denial of Vaccine Card, Presents ‘Facts’

“I’m being accused of elbowing a woman, who is supposed to be a nurse, on her face. I’m a professional MMA (fighter), can you imagine the damage my elbow may cause on (an) unprotected woman’s face? Something terrible to even imagine… That never happened, and I will show you guys why. I have proof of that.”

“Ok, direct to the point, this photo has been taking by the police officers, at the police station. Just a few hours after the alleged incident. Can you see, this is the supposed victim of my elbow.”

“And more, we have more photographs of the inside of her lips, this part. Exactly where she points that I elbowed her.”

“Which, unquestionably shows she hasn’t been subjected to any form of physical violence. That’s impossible (referring to the way the victim looks after the alleged elbow),” Paulo Costa concluded. He’d then go on to speak about how any violence towards women is “completely unacceptable,” and those false allegations such as the one Costa believes he is facing, discredits the true violence towards women that takes place (according to him).

“We all know that this kind of false accusation is very serious, so, I really hope that this woman decides to make her public apologies. Or else legal actions may be necessary, unfortunately.”

‘Borrachina’ would wrap up the video by saying his goodbyes after that, and he’d also outline his reasoning behind it. Saying he wanted to basically let the truth be known.

Check out the full video below:

Paulo Costa Looks to Put Assault Accusations Behind Him Ahead of UFC 278 Fight Against Luke Rockhold

Costa (13-2, 5-2 UFC) is currently riding a two-fight skid heading into this Luke Rockhold fight and is undoubtedly looking to turn things around with a win and get back into the title fight conversation.

‘The Eraser’ was a seemingly unstoppable dominant force on his way up the treacherous rungs of the middleweight divisional ladder. Convincing victories over the likes of Uriah Hall and Johnny Hendricks forged the path to his fabled Yoel Romero fight, which many say was one of if not the best fights of 2019.

Then, came the losses. A title fight against Israel Adesanya ‘exposed’ Costa, according to critics. And most recently, Marvin Vettori bested Paulo Costa in a five-round war back in 2021.

Could this Luke Rockhold fight be just what Paulo Costa needs to get back on track, and what do you make of his statement on the assault accusations?