Two large championship fights will emphasize the UFC’s approaching pay-for each-look at on Sept. 26.
At UFC 253, which takes spot on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (19- MMA, 8- UFC) will place his title on the line versus Paulo Costa (13- MMA, 5- UFC) in the night’s headliner, although Dominick Reyes (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Jan Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) will battle it out for the vacant gentle heavyweight title in the co-main event.
Considering that unifying the 185-pound title with a 2nd-round finish of Robert Whittaker past Oct at UFC 243, unbeaten Adesanya notched his initially title defense in March by defeating Yoel Romero through unanimous selection at UFC 248.
Also unbeaten in his professional MMA occupation, Costa is coming off a acquire in opposition to a typical opponent in Romero, outlasting him in a 3-round thriller at UFC 241 in August 2019.
Reyes suffered his initial vocation blemish when he was narrowly edged out by then-light-weight heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 247 in a struggle that lots of, which include Dana White, believed he received. Right after Jones determined to vacate his belt, Reyes will get a second shot at the title versus the streaking Blachowicz.
Blachowicz has received a few straight fights, which features knockout wins in excess of former UFC middleweight winner Luke Rockhold and most lately Corey Anderson at UFC on ESPN+ 25 in February.
Verify out the formal poster for UFC 253 below:
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— UFC (@ufc) September 17, 2020
The newest UFC 253 lineup now includes:
- Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa – for middleweight title
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Dominick Reyes – for vacant gentle heavyweight title
- Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Ketlen Vieira
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
- Alex da Silva vs. Brad Riddell
- Jake Matthews vs. Diego Sanchez
- Ludovit Klein vs. Shane Youthful
- Aleksa Camur vs. William Knight
- Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes
- Heili Alateng vs. Casey Kenney
- Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques
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