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Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa report
Who won Adesanya vs Costa?
Israel Adesanya beat Paulo Costa by during the main event of UFC 253, on Saturday 26th September 2020 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Israel Adesanya.
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 loses 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 and 0 draws, with 11 of those by knock out and 1 by submission.
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 2 years, at 33 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 41 more professional rounds, 69 to Costa's 28.
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 defeated 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 beat 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 won against 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 had beat Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Costa's last 3 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 9 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 11 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.
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