TruetellsNigeria reports that Nigerian-New Zealand UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has defeated Paulo Costa to retain the Middleweight Championship in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 253).
The win is Adesanya’s 20th career MMA victory.
During the bout, there was less action in the first round as both MMA fighters traded few kicks and punches with the Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, Costa pressing Adesanya but throwing few shots.
Known as Stlebender, Adesanya came out with more purpose in the second round, outboxing his opponent and landing deadly shots.
Adesanya beat Yoel Romero by decision at the UFC 248 pay-per-view event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada before the match against Costa on Saturday.
Izzy became the new UFC middleweight champion when he finished Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 by TKO in October 2019. Before that, Adesanya picked up a decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in the co-headliner of the UFC 236 pay-per-view event.
He fought six times in less than a year-and-a-half total in the UFC and won all six bouts before heading into the fight against Costa on Saturday night.
His opponent today was coming off a big win over Yoel Romero at the UFC 241 pay-per-view event. The Brazilian previously beat Uriah Hall on the preliminary portion of the UFC 226 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada. He entered this fight on a 12-fight winning streak.
Watch the video below Adesanya vs Costa below…