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Video: Paulo Costa just got belt-slapped at UFC 253 staredowns

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will defend his division title against undefeated 185-pound contender Paulo Costa in the UFC 253 pay-per-view (PPV) main event tomorrow night (Sat., Sept. 26, 2020) inside Flash Forum on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.

Both “The Last Stylebender” and “The Eraser” came face-to-face earlier today at the conclusion of the official UFC 253 weigh ins (get full results and video here), as did light heavyweight co-headliners Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz, who battle for the vacant 205-pound strap.

Costa threw a white belt at Adesanya to mock “The Last Stylebender’s” ground game, but the champ caught the strap mid air, then returned fire against his Brazilian foe. A brief scuffle ensued before both combatants settled down.

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To see the complete UFC 253 fight card and line up click here. Fore more news and notes ahead of this weekend’s “Adesanya vs. Costa” event click here.