Ultimately, the clash between the two undefeated fighters arguably did not deliver on the hype.
Adesanya dominated Costa in the main event of UFC 253. ‘Izzy’ then knocked out the Brazilian in just the second round to complete his second middleweight title defense.
In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, Israel Adesanya discussed the fight and brought up Costa’s corner reactions:
“You listen to the corner, when I dropped him, you hear this ‘Aaaah aaaaah!’ The guy who did it as well, you know what? He flipped me off! This black guy in his corner, he flipped me off when I was- the referee’s holding our hands and you see me looking at a guy and I go [thumbs up gesture], ’cause a second before that he looked at me and goes [middle finger gesture].”
Israel Adesanya also clarified why he didn’t react similarly because of the cameras trained on him:
“I didn’t wanna flip him off because the camera was on me. It was that guy that was yelling and he was just like, ‘Oh my Frankenstein! What happened? Oh no!'”
Watch the clip of Adesanya describing the incident:
Fans had mixed reactions to the clip. One fan, @cmhrome94, called Adesanya out for dwelling on the fight for so long as well as for his deteriorating finish rate. Others sarcastically mocked his comic attempts and called on him to retire to pursue comedy.
Many others declared Paulo Costa’s fights more entertaining and dissed the middleweight champion for his recent lackluster bouts. One particular fan, @mara1m83, warned Adesanya of the same fate as Costa when he faces off against Alex Pereira at UFC 281.
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Adesanya recently posted about his upcoming fight with Alex Pereira: