UFC: Style Bender Adesanya Wins in Style
Israel Adesanya maintained his 100 per cent record with a second round knockout win over Paulo Costa to defend his UFC welterweight title.
Israel Adesanya delivered a perfect performance on Fight Island to knock out bitter rival Paulo Costa and retain his UFC middleweight championship.
‘The Last Stylebender’ was absolutely flawless in Abu Dhabi, picking apart his far bigger opponent before landing brutal ground strikes in the second round.
Costa was left bloodied and bruised on the canvas, with his undefeated record in tatters after being picked apart so ruthlessly.
The Brazilian simply could not close the distance, eating brutal lead leg kicks, desperately swinging to try and land a powerful performance.
However, Adesanya showcased all his kickboxing and boxing experience by utilising his jab and footwork to evade the onrushing ‘Borrachinha’.
Costa was opened up above his right eye with a head kick and knew the fight was in danger of slipping away from him.
In order to swing the momentum back his way, Costa tried to make it an inside fight, but Adesanya once again had the advantage and caught the Brazilian with a chopping left hook.
The burly challenger hit the deck and desperately tried to stay out of range of the elbows and punches which were raining down.
But in the end, it was Adesanya who proved he truly is the greatest middleweight on the planet.