Israel Adesanya has answered each query of him to date as UFC middleweight champion.
Paulo Costa was billed to be a really robust take a look at certainly. Adesanya has all the time been a lean fighter, however Costa, like Yoel Romero, was constructed to destroy.
Costa was 13-Zero when he met Adesanya, however the champion dissected the Brazilian and landed a second spherical end.
Whereas it gave the impression to be a masterclass from the Final Stylebender – who now makes an attempt to win the light-heavyweight title whereas holding the middleweight title this weekend – Costa has claimed he could have been just a little drunk through the combat.
“I used to be type of drunk [when] I fought, possibly, on hangover,” Costa stated in Portuguese on his YouTube channel. “I couldn’t sleep due to the [leg] cramps.
“Understand that the combat occurs at 9 a.m. [local time], we now have to get up at 5 to prepare, stretch, wrap the arms.
“The UFC advised us to get up at 5 within the morning to go to the sector to combat. I hadn’t slept till 2:30.
“It was my mistake and I don’t blame anybody else, it was one thing I selected [to do], however, as a way to attempt to sleep, as a result of I needed to sleep since I used to be awake for 24 hours, I had wine, an excessive amount of wine, a bottle [of wine] to attempt to black out.
“I had a glass and didn’t work. Two glasses, it didn’t work. Half bottle, didn’t work. I had all of it.”
Nicely, that definitely received’t assist! Solely time will inform if that’s an excuse or not, however Costa has stated beforehand he ought to have postponed the combat and the leg cramps he was struggling beforehand had been a serious hindrance.
Costa is scheduled to tackle Robert Whittaker on April 17 with a shot on the middleweight champion subsequent for whomever the winner is. Adesanya could have vacated the belt by then ought to he win the 205lb strap.