Midnight Mania! Costa surprised by a “very sweet” meeting with Adesanya


Welcome to Midnight Mania!

There is a ton of hype surrounding the main event of UFC 253, which pits deft kickboxer Israel Adesanya against towering Brazilian Paulo Costa in a clash of undefeated fighters. The style match guarantees fun, but another important aspect of all the excitement is the seemingly endless war of words between the two.

The number of times Adesanya has accused Costa of juice is only equal to the number of frequent occasions Costa calls out his skinny foe. Seriously, the two have been kicking out different variations of the same insulted couple over and over for months now!

Maybe that’s why Costa was so surprised when his first encounter on Fight Island with Adesanya went … smoothly!

“I don’t know what happened, he changed his personality a lot, his personality,” Costa explained. “The Adesanya I saw on the video conference was a very disrespectful guy, he showed me his fingers a lot. But when I met him upstairs, he was very nice, very nice.

“I was expecting a different type of guy. He came over and gave his hand to shake, asked how I feel, “How are you feeling, are you feeling good?” He said, “Yeah, you looked great, I like it. What you want? But that’s fine, if he changes, okay.

Considering that “Stylebender” has competed over 100 times in professional combat sports, it might not come as a shock that Adesanya can maintain his cool with an opponent behind the scenes. Fortunately, neither of the two men will appear too “nice” once the cage door is closed on Saturday night.


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