Nigerian born Israel Adesanya floored Paulo Costa on Saturday night in a dominant defense of his middleweight title, winning by TKO in the second round in the main event of UFC 253.
Adesanya dominated Paulo Costa in the night’s main event, silencing his rival after months of back-and-forth trash talk. Adesanya spent one round blasting Costa’s legs with kicks before finishing the fight in the second round with a left hook that put Costa on the canvas and ground-and-pound that closed the show.
With the win, Adesanya improved his perfect record to 20-0 and successfully defended his middleweight title for a second time.
Israel Adesanya is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist. He has also competed in kickboxing and boxing. As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion and has an undefeated record of 20 wins and no losses.