UFC middleweight title challenger Paulo Costa went to terrific lengths to provide the followers on what his struggle with Israel Adesanya will search like, but the champ couldn’t treatment considerably less.
A video clip showcasing a Costa’s schooling companion, Vanderlei “Toquinho” Goncalves, as a cowardly stand-in only proved to Adesanya that he’s receiving in the challenger’s head.
“It does not genuinely bother me,” Adesanya mentioned on Thursday during a digital media day in assist of the middleweight title struggle, which headlines UFC 253 on Sept. 26 in Abu Dhabi. “He can make any variety of tapes that he needs to make. I’m just heading to maintain undertaking me, like I usually have.”
Adesanya and Costa have long gone spherical right after round in the media, and even received within just a couple of dozen ft of just about every other at UFC 243. But it is under no circumstances been additional than aspect of the strategy for the champ.
“I’m just making the most of poking the bear as he wallows absent in his possess f*cking piece of sh*t,” Adesanya said. “Let him do him, and I’m likely to continue to keep performing me. I’m not bothered.”
Adesanya has named the struggle 1 for the “casuals” based on Costa’s imposing physique, which he’s repeatedly claimed is enhanced artificially with medication.
Costa, in change, has denied the costs and accused the champ of running from him soon after a hold off to their fight due to a surgery he underwent for his bicep.
Adesanya hasn’t changed his opinion that Costa is doping, but used his initial title protection in opposition to Yoel Romero – and took a sideways swipe at the current title challenger – to illustrate his greatest stance on the difficulty.
“What happened to Romero’s past battle with Uriah Corridor?” Adesanya asked. “Yoel Romero pulled out of his final battle with Uriah Hall. Unbeknownst to me, I thought it was just an damage. But it has not been said that it was an injuries. Yeah, I’ll just go away that as allegedly.
“But some issues are not getting spoken for that really should be spoken for, but nobody’s asking the correct questions. It does not trouble me. I conquer Romero. If a thing arrives out and he popped, I nonetheless defeat him when he was juicing. I reported this ahead of: I’m likely to pop [Costa] prior to [the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency] does, and I system on performing just that.”
On his road to the title and throughout his reign, Adesanya has outsmarted some of the best to contend at 185 kilos. When he seems at Costa, he does not see the problem that other individuals – even his promoter, UFC President Dana White – foresee when they meet up with in the octagon.
“Even in kickboxing, he’s not 1 of the ideal,” Costa stated. “I’ve confronted way superior strikers. Which is not even near. He’s undoubtedly not the greatest fighter. I assume [Anderson] Silva is a better striker than him, [Robert] Whittaker is a distinctive striker than him, but can be much better.
“Yeah, he’s not the most effective striker I have fought, but he’s risky, nevertheless. That’s just one detail you have to recall. But he has to keep in mind, so am I.”
If successful in opposition to Costa, calls for a superfight are possible to intensify for Adesanya. Dominant champions always just take heart stage in fantasy matchmaking, and with so a lot of of them seeking out new weight classes, the possibility is a perennial problem on the minds of MMA fans.
Even however he’s headed to heavyweight, a short while ago deposed mild-heavyweight champ Jon Jones is a no-brainer for a potential showdown. But Adesanya believes he has a good deal of do the job to do in advance of he begins to entertain that selection.
“I even now have that in mind, it is nonetheless component of my strategy,” Adesanya stated. “But permit me check with you this, how quite a few several years has Jon Jones been in the UFC? And he only just moved up in fat, suitable?
“So why would he or everyone else assume me to transfer up in pounds, when I just bought the belt, fairly than protect my belt like he has and generate a legacy just before leaping up in body weight. So I’m sticking to my system. I’m never ever going to enable everyone make me fold, or make me make a shift forward of plan. I’m sticking to my prepare.”
And appropriate now, all the things is likely according to program.