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UFC 253

UFC Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, will defend his division title against undefeated 185-pound Brazilian bruiser, Paulo Costa, after more than one year of back-and-forth beef on social media. The showdown -- promoted as the "Fight of the Year" by company president, Dana White -- is set to headline UFC 253, which takes place inside Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Sept. 26, 2020. In UFC 253's ESPN+streamed pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, Dominick Reyes collides with fellow Light Heavyweight slugger Jan Blachowicz for the vacant 205-pound strap. It's a championship double dip! We'll stockpile all the real-time UFC 253 updates, odds, start time, tickets, weigh ins, predictions, previews, video highlights, press conferences, winners, losers and much more from "Fight Island" right here before, during and well after the live show concludes.

Dana White Defends Logan Paul, Buries Paulo Costa

UFC President Dana White has no sympathy for middleweight contender Paulo Costa and believes "The Eraser" should fight his way out of contract if he wants to move on.

Free Fight! Adesanya Starches Costa On ‘Fight Island’

Before Israel Adesanya takes on Jan Blachowicz for the Light Heavyweight title this Sat. night (March 6, 2021) at UFC 259, take a look back at "The Last Stylebender’s" knockout win over Paulo Costa.

Costa Blames Loss To Adesanya On ‘Too Much Wine’

Is it just us, or is Paul Costa digging himself a hole by continuing to fixate on everything that went wrong in his fight against Israel Adesanya?

Free Fight! Watch Blachowicz Bust Up Reyes, Wins UFC Title

Before Jan Blachowicz defends his Light Heavyweight title for the first time against Israel Adesanya at UFC 259, go back in time to relive the moment he captured the belt with a knockout win over Dominick Reyes.

Costa: I Should’ve Postponed Izzy Title Fight

According to Paulo Costa, he should have postponed his title fight against Israel Adesanya — which went down at UFC 253 — since he wasn’t at full health.

Adesanya Blames Marijuana For Saggy Pec

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya claims doctors told him the increased breast tissue was a result of smoking marijuana and not steroids.

Chimaev Vows To Smash Adesanya’s Face

Khamzat Chimaev is not a chicken like Paulo Costa and will smash reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya if they ever share the Octagon.

Don’t Mess With A Missionary Man

UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa just got into a Twitter feud with light heavyweight bruiser Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.

Justified! Adesanya Defends ‘Eraser’ Rump Hump

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defends his UFC 253 post-fight rump hump against bitter rival Paulo Costa, speculating that critics may be stricken with "homophobia."

Blachowicz To Adesanya: Stick To PlayStation!

UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz wants middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to forget about the 205-pound title unless it’s on PlayStation.

White Thinks McGregor Tried To Steal Izzy’s Thunder

UFC President Dana White has a theory that Conor McGregor may have been trying to steal Israel Adesanya’s thunder prior to UFC 253 by shifting attention toward himself with his social media outbursts.

Coach: Adesanya Boob Not Steroid Related Unless By Accident

Eugene Bareman, coach for UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, insists the floppy right breast is unrelated to steroids unless by accident.

Sanchez Fought With ‘Torn Labrum’ At UFC 253

Veteran fighter Diego Sanchez reveals he fought with a torn labrum in his loss to Jake Matthews last weekend at UFC 253 on "Fight Island."

UFC 253 Pulls In 700K PPV Buys!

UFC 253 PPV buys have reportedly exceeded 700,000 worldwide, making Israel Adesanya one of the biggest stars in the sport today.

Weidman Confident He Would ‘Rag Doll’ Adesanya

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is confident he would defeat reigning 185-pound kingpin Israel Adesanya in devastating fashion.

Fight Motion! Watch Adesanya Clown Costa In Super Slo-Mo

UFC 253 "Fight Motion" video for the "Adesanya vs. Costa" pay-per-view (PPV) event last Sat. night (Sept. 26, 2020) inside Flash Forum on "Fight Island" in Abu Dhabi.

Adesanya Seeks Medical Help For Saggy Right Pec

Video: Israel Adesanya addresses the saggy right pectoral that was prominent in his Paulo Costa fight at UFC 253 and recently sought medical help for the issue.

‘Stylebender’ Leapfrogs Miocic On P4P Chart

Latest UFC rankings update following the UFC 253 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Sat. night (Sept. 26, 2020) on "Fight Island" with big moves from Israel Adesanya.

Costa ‘The Intimidator’ Became ‘The Intimidated’

Reknown boxing trainer Teddy Atlas breaks down the mental game that Israel Adesanya won against Paulo Costa, leading to his victory in the cage at UFC 253.

Hardy: Adesanya’s Antics Were ‘Unnecessary’ And ‘Crass’

The former shaolin monk turned mohawked MMA fighter turned commentator had thoughts on Israel Adesanya’s disrespectful behavior towards Paulo Costa.

Sportsbooks At Odds Over Jones-Adesanya Line

Jon Jones vs. Israel Adesanya opening odds, betting lines for a potential super fight featuring the former light heavyweight champ against the reigning middleweight titleholder.

Cormier Buries Wack, Out-Of-Touch Jones

Daniel Cormier lambasted former UFC champ and longtime rival Jon Jones after "Bones" teased a light heavyweight comeback against Jan Blachowicz.

‘Stylebender’ Still Trolling Costa Mercilessly

After taking months of abuse from his Brazilian opponent, Israel Adesanya is working Paulo Costa over on the Internet following his UFC 253 win.

Adesanya Under Fire For UFC 253 Rump Hump

Video: Israel Adesanya humped Paulo Costa after defeating the Brazilian at UFC 253 on "Fight Island" and now Team Eraser responds to the "disgusting" antics.

Fans, Media Swarm Returning Blachowicz

Video: Newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz receives a hero’s welcome upon return to his native Poland.

Cocky Costa Guarantees Victory In ‘Stylebender’ Rematch

UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa reveals "problems" in the UFC 253 main event and promises to win his Israel Adesanya rematch.

Reyes F-bombs His Performance, Lack Of Trigger Pulling

Dominick Reyes was disappointed in himself following his UFC 253 loss to Jan Blachowicz but vows to come back stronger after learning his lesson.

Hermansson Still A ‘Better Fighter’ Than Adesanya

Israel Adesanya is planning to fight Jared Cannonier after disposing of Paulo Costa at UFC 253, but middleweight contender Jack Hermansson is also in the mix.

What’s Next For Paulo Costa?

It’s time to see what could be next for Paulo Costa after suffering the first loss of his career after getting knocked out by Israel Adesanya at UFC 253.  

That’s A Wrap!

UFC 253 results, recap, and link wrap up for the "Adesanya vs. Costa"-led pay-per-view (PPV) event last Sat. night (Sept. 26, 2020) on "Fight Island" in Abu Dhabi.

Matches To Make After UFC 253

UFC 253 results: It’s time to see what could be on the horizon for all of the main card winners from last night’s (Sat., Sept. 26, 2020) event in Abu Dhabi.

Adesanya: ‘If There Was A Hype Job, It Was Paulo Costa’

Israel Adesanya breaks down his win over Paulo Costa and plans for his future at middleweight, light heavyweight, and even heavyweight.

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