Belts on The Line
Who won Adesanya vs Costa?
Israel Adesanya beat Paulo Costa by knockout in the 2nd round, during the main event of UFC 253, on Saturday 26th September 2020 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
This contest was for the UFC middleweight championship.
Adesanya vs Costa stats
Israel Adesanya stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 19 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Paulo Costa made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 13 wins and 0 draws, with 11 of those by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Costa had advantage in power over Adesanya, with a 85% knock out percentage over Adesanya's 74%.
Israel Adesanya was the older man by 1 year, at 31 years old.
Adesanya had a height advantage of 3 inches over Costa. That also extended to a 8-inch reach advantage.
Adesanya was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 6 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 28 days later than Costa, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 29 more professional rounds, 49 to Costa's 20.
Adesanya vs Costa form
Adesanya had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Yoel Romero on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Robert Whittaker on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Going into that contest, he had beat Kelvin Gastelum on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
Before that, he had won against Anderson Silva on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia.
He had beat Derek Brunson on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Costa's last 3 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.