Paulo Costa will lastly get his probability to tackle bitter rival Israel Adesanya for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world this Saturday at UFC 253.
The principle occasion on Struggle Island will put two of essentially the most harmful 185lbs fighters on the planet towards each other on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Costa has wreaked havoc within the middleweight division since showing on the Final Fighter and moved to 9-Zero with 9 consecutive first spherical finishes to propel himself up the UFC rankings.
Though he has solely had 13 fights professionally, the Brazilian has showcased super energy and horrifying precision in his bouts and has solely gone the gap as soon as – a call victory over Yoel Romero in his final struggle.
With relentless ahead stress and an astonishingly excessive output, it appears as if swarming the ‘Final Stylebender’ early doorways would be the key to victory for Costa.
And ‘Borranchinha’ has greater than sufficient stopping energy to finish the struggle early.
Chael Sonnen was Costa’s coach on the Final Fighter in Brazil and remembers simply how ferocious the hulking teen was and the way decided he was to enhance.
He mentioned on his podcast: “I keep in mind he used to hit mitts, and once you’re within the locker room of the set, you might be simply behind a really skinny door, only a door sufficient to separate you.”
Sonnen described the sound of the fists hitting the mitts as gun blasts and mentioned: “It appeared like shotgun blasts going off.”
“When he broke into the UFC he was 10-Zero and coach [Eric] Albarracin who labored with him quite a bit,” he added.
“He would by no means say this man is the perfect submission man or finest wrestler on the market. He would say that is the toughest employee within the room.”
It’s doubtless the winner of Saturday’s fundamental occasion on Struggle Island will face former champion Robert Whittaker sooner or later within the not-so distant future.
Earlier than his struggle in Abu Dhabi with Darren Until (successfully a quantity on contender match) Whittaker harassed the scale of Costa makes him much more terrifying.
“Who can say? I feel Adesanya has the skillset essential to beat Costa,” Whittaker mentioned throughout media day in July. “He’s very technical, he’s superb. He’s a superb fighter. Don’t like him very a lot however he’s a superb fighter.
“However Costa’s harmful. He’s so explosive, he’s obtained mad cardio and he hits like a truck. Have a look at the scale of him.
“I’m positive that does one thing… that has one thing to do with why he retains hurting individuals. ‘Dimension doesn’t matter’ — have a look at the scale of him!
“You struggle him then and inform me it doesn’t matter. Yeah, let’s discover out.”
Steven Peterson can be backing Costa to get the job executed this weekend, predicting beautiful end for the 29-year-old.
He mentioned: “We’ve all been trying ahead to this match-up for a very long time. Israel Adesanya is among the most skilful and entertaining champions in a very long time.
“Paulo Costa is an undefeated powerhouse and has been demolishing his opponents. Izzy must struggle an virtually good struggle. He wants to stay and transfer and decide aside Costa.
“On the opposite aspect, Paulo solely must land one and with the ability and ability he has, I’ve to go together with him. I predict a stunning first spherical KO by Costa.”
And UFC welterweight Frank Camacho additionally believes Costa’s energy would be the key to victory for ‘Borrachinha’ towards Adesanya.
He mentioned: “I really like the way in which Costa fights and I feel he can land the knockout punch.”