Israel Adesanya absolutely dominated Paulo Costa in the main event of UFC 253. Paulo Costa looked like he did not belong in the same octagon with Israel Adesanya.
Now we can all agree that a number of things went wrong for Costa in that fight. Even Costa came out and confessed that something happened before the fight and he was not 100%. But, the greatness of Adesanya that was on display at UFC 253 can not be denied.
Unfortunately, Paulo Costa became a laughing stock after the fight when he demanded an immediate rematch after UFC 253. He even dared Adesanya to sign the contract for the rematch. However, there is no contract for the rematch and Dana White is not interested to make one too.
Israel Adesanya has some suggestions for Costa
In a recent interview when Israel Adesanya was asked, how can Paulo Costa get a rematch for the title the champion has a very thoughtful response.
Israel Adesanya advised Paulo Costa to “Let it Go”. He took the example of his past opponents Kelvin Gastelum and Marvin Vettori. Kelvin Gastelum almost beat Israel Adesanya for the interim middleweight title. But, Gastelum has always been respectful to Adesanya after the fight.
On the other hand, Marvin Vettori who had some success against Adesanya but not as much as Gastelum did still believes he can beat Adesanya in a rematch. Adesanya explained:
Who should Paulo Costa fight next?
Paulo Costa lost his unbeaten streak in MMA after the fight against Adesanya in a devastating fashion. It’s time for him to build himself back up. He should get a couple of wins to earn a shot at the title.
UFC should book the fight between Paulo Costa and the loser of Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier. A fight between Costa and the loser of Darren Till vs Jack Hermansson would make sense too. But, if Costa wants another shot at Israel Adesanya then he will have to get back into the octagon and stack up a few wins.