Mixed martial arts specialist and Ultimate Fighting Champion’s (UFC) middleweight champion, Isreal Adesanya in a recent interview disclosed how he is feeling about his fight against Paulo Costa a week from now.
UFC 253, which is set to hold on the 27th of this month is stacked with some interesting line ups. Following the UFC 252, which was a showcase of fledgeling fighters, this upcoming event promises to be a bit more box office with Isreal Adsenaya headlining the main event.
Since his title defence in March 2020, the StyleBender has been held from competing in the octagon. That’s seven months without a title defence. No doubt the coronavirus played a small role in this delay, it still doesn’t change the fact that the world has been denied a title fight for such a long time, especially considering that the UFC was one of the first sports brands to navigate the new reality and host events amidst the pandemic, not to mention the frustration fans felt after the uninspiring showing in his last match.
Fortunately, his next opponent seems to be an interesting martial artist. With a black belt in jiu-jitsu, 13 wins and 0 losses to his name, 11 by knock out, the stylebender may have his hands full. Regardless, Isreal stated that he is calm. “I’ve been here before, I know how to ramp myself up, right now I’m calm, It’s the calm before the storm” He noted.
The promo for Isreal’s last fight against Yoel Romero pushed the match as one that would be for the ages, unfortunately, the match fell terribly short of expectation as fans were treated to a defensive exhibition. Both fighters fought like they were afraid to touch each other and fans were appalled at how complacent both fighters were.
This fight garnered a lot of negative reviews and as such Isreal has been thrust into a position where he has to prove that he is a champion worth facing. Hopefully, his next match puts him the minds of Nigerians, same way fellow countryman Kamaru Usman was all the rave back in July.