Sep 26 2020
Saturday

UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Main Event
5 rounds contest @ Middleweight
19-0-0
KO 2
KO 2
13-0-0

Belts on The Line

UFC Middleweight Championship

The tape

34
Age
33
6' 4" / 193 cm
Height
6' 1" / 185 cm
79.9" / 203 cm
Reach
72" / 183 cm

Tape record

UDKOUDKOUD
Form
KOUDKOKOKO
19
Wins
13
14
By KO
11
74
KO%
85
0
By SUB
1
0
SUB%
8
0
Loses
0
0
Stopped
0
0
Tapped
0
0
Draws
0
2012
Debut
2012
19
Bouts
13
42
Rounds
18
3 hours, 4 minutes
Fight Time
57 minutes, 29 seconds

Tape rankings @ Middleweight

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UFC
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Tapology
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Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa report

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 octagon with an undefeated record of 19 wins, zero losses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Paulo Costa made his way to the cage with an unblemished record of 13 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by knock out and 1 by submission.

Israel Adesanya's UFC record stood at 13-3-0, while Paulo Costa's came in at 6-3-0.

The stats suggested Costa had an advantage in power over Adesanya, with a 85% knock out percentage over Adesanya's 74%.

If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Costa had a slight advantage over Adesanya, with a 8% submission rate over Adesanya's 0%.

Israel Adesanya was the older man by 1 year, at 34 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 45 more professional rounds, 76 to Costa's 31.

Adesanya vs Costa form

Adesanya had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.

In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.

Previous to that, he had won against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Going into that contest, he had beaten Yoel Romero at UFC 248 on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

Before that, he had defeated Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.

He was victorious against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.

Costa had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Luke Rockhold at UFC 278 on 20th August 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, United States.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41 on 23rd October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.

Going into that contest, he had been defeated by Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Before that, he had beaten Yoel Romero at UFC 241 on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Honda Center, Anaheim, United States.

He had defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Israel Adesanya had been fighting more than Paulo Costa.

Going to this contest, Israel Adesanya had last fought 3 years, 2 months and 10 days ago, while Paulo Costa's last outing had been 1 year, 8 months and 26 days ago.

Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 1 month and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.

Costa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 6 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.

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