Several people today with knowledge of the promotion’s designs confirmed the battle is in the procedure of currently being finalized for the Sept. 19 fight card right after an initial report from Combate. UFC 253 is predicted to choose position in Las Vegas, nevertheless a venue has not been finalized.
Shortly following news of the matchup broke, Costa also verified the combat on Twitter.
The battle is on individuals!
In September I ll bring the Demonstrate up
— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) July 18, 2020
The rivals were being predicted to meet previously this calendar year, but a nagging shoulder injuries and medical procedures compelled Costa to hold off a No. 1 contender location he gained with a conclusion about Yoel Romero. Needing a headliner for UFC 248 in March, Adesanya alternatively selected to take on Romero and attained a unanimous conclusion in a greatly panned fight.
Costa recovered in time to just take on Adesanya, but the coronavirus pandemic pressured the UFC to postpone or terminate many situations, and the matchup was delayed. Requested this week about the matchup, UFC President Dana White stated the marketing was a lot more concentrated on pulling off activities on Combat Island.
Adesanya makes an attempt the 2nd defense of his unified title soon after wins about Romero and a star-earning overall performance to seize the belt from Robert Whittaker. Just after winning the belt, he jawed at a cageside Costa.
Due to the fact then, the middleweights have regularly lobbed insults at each and every other in community appearances and interviews.
Prior to outpointing Romero, Costa rocketed up the middleweight ranks with 4 straight TKO victories.