Costa (13- MMA, 5- UFC) and Adesanya (19- MMA, 8- UFC) went head-to-head for the 1st time in an job interview on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” wherever the two poured much more gasoline on their by now heated rivalry.
Though Adesanya has experienced some impressive performances en route to the UFC middleweight title, Costa is not willing to permit his most modern title defense versus Yoel Romero at UFC 248 go unforgotten.
Adesanya (19- MMA, 8- UFC) defeated Romero by unanimous decision in a tactical, but lackluster affair. Romero was also Costa’s most recent opponent, but their combat at UFC 241 observed the Brazilian contender pressure Romero and pressure him to interact in an entertaining 3-round war.
Costa made positive to remind Adesanya of his previous performance, even though Adesanya countered by flashing the a number of trophies that he claimed for his championship-profitable year in 2019.
Costa saw Adesanya’s response as a indication of weakness.
“As you observed, when I gave the prospect to speak with him immediately, he showed how unconfident he is,” Costa explained to Submission Radio. “He tried using to demonstrate every single time (his trophies) he bought. Like, every single time he went, ‘Oh, glimpse how excellent I am.’ He needed to prove to the persons, and to himself, that he’s good.
“If you actually consider you are pretty great, you really don’t require to display this kind of things. But he froze. And this is what he did when he satisfied a prospective competitor, a authentic competitor like me – like he froze towards Romero. He’s applied to accomplishing that. He named out Jon Jones to battle. And then when Jon Jones acknowledged his challenge, he stated, ‘no, I’m not well prepared but, I need a person or two a long time to get much more pounds, to get a lot more muscle mass to fight Jon Jones’. So, Adesanya, however he is this variety of male who freezes when he faces a authentic competitor.”
Costa has plowed through the opposition at 185 lbs using a combination of significant strain and knockout electrical power. His technique contrasts markedly with that of Adesanya’s far more technical counter-placing type. But Costa states his power and energy benefit will verify decisive on struggle night time.
“He now knows he’s in problems. How I can damage him, how I can hit him terribly. So, that is why I believe I messed with his intellect,” Costa stated. “I’m not worried about him. He’s excellent, he’s speedy, rapid. But I also know he are not able to damage me. He can not inflict a lot of hurt on me for the reason that I’m much better than him, and he’s not the kind of guy who will come with a really hard punch, just counter punches. So I’m not worried about him for this combat. But he’s a bunch messed up in his mind for this combat.”