Champion Israel Adesanya and #2 Paulo Costa fight as the main event at middleweight for UFC 253 this Saturday at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and on pay-per-view.
This bout is going to be an absolute show with two fighters among the most heavy hitting in the class. Not only are they both master strikers, but both fighters enter the bout undefeated.
For Israel Adesanya, he is looking to defend his belt for the second time this year. He’s defended his UFC belt twice already; this will be the third time if he is able to pull it off. Adesanya is 8-0 in his UFC career and has a 19-0 MMA record. He’s won three of his eight UFC fights by knockout, four by decision and one by submission.
Landing 3.96 significant strikes per minute on 48 percent accuracy, Adesanya is one of the more aggressive fighters in his class, and with a 65 percent strike defense, he has shown he knows how to handle anything thrown at him. The 31-year-old defeated the current middleweight #1 Kelvin Gastelum just under a year ago.
Costa is a clean 13-0 in his MMA career and a perfect 5-0 in the UFC. His two most notable victories have been over #5 Yoel Romero and #10 Uriah Hall. The first of those was a three-round decision while the second Costa ended in under six months with a knockout, throwing 17 more significant strikes than Hall.
Costa has spent under 45 minutes in a UFC octagon, but he’s made the most of his time, recording four knockouts and letting only one go to a decision. Also known as “The Eraser,” he delivers 8.43 significant strikes per minutes on 57 percent accuracy. Costa also takes 6.84 significant strikes per minutes, so it’s clear Adesanya’s aggressive will be matched in this highly-anticipated title fight.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on September 26th.
Money line odds
Israel Adesanya: -175
Paulo Costa: +141
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