Israel Adesanya: Paulo Costa 'undoubtedly going to get drained,' loses to Sean Strickland at UFC 302

by Christina S. Brown
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Israel Adesanya’s former foes will battle it out at UFC 302.

Former middleweight champion Sean Strickland (28-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) takes on Paulo Costa (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in Saturday’s co-main occasion (pay-per-view/ESPN2/ESPN+) at Prudential Heart in Newark, N.J.

Adesanya (24-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) is the one fighter to complete Costa, stopping him in Spherical 2 of their middleweight title battle at UFC 253 in September 2020. Strickland upset Adesanya this previous September at UFC 293 to assert the middleweight title however misplaced his belt to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297.

Having fought each Strickland and Costa, Adesanya questions Costa’s gasoline tank in a five-round battle.

“It’ll be attention-grabbing. I feel it’s simply going to be on the toes, kickboxing, boxing,” Adesanya mentioned on his YouTube channel. “Costa would possibly get jabbed the f*ck out on this one. He’s undoubtedly going to get drained, and Strickland goes to benefit from that.”

Adesanya proceeded to interrupt down the keys to victory for each fighters however in the end picked Strickland to outlast Costa.

“Costa to win, what would Costa need to do? Must be aggressive, use physique kicks and likewise use his jab,” Adesanya mentioned. “Even when he won’t land a few of them, go jab-for-jab with Strickland. Additionally, combine up the grappling, simply to get him (Strickland) drained as effectively. Strickland, do what he does. Strain, use his jab. I feel entrance kicks will probably be an issue for Costa, coping with them when Strickland throws them.

“Costa is extra dynamic, extra juice. It’s extra about consistency, momentum. Though he (Strickland) simply misplaced to Dricus, he beat me earlier than that and he had a protracted – simply lively, lively. Costa has solely fought 3 times (since dropping to Adesanya). … I’m going to select Strickland on this battle. I’m going to say it’s going to go the space. He’s not going to complete him.”

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