Israel Adesanya will defend his UFC middleweight title towards Paulo Costa at UFC 253 this weekend.
Two unbeaten fighters will go at it with gold on the road and with Adesanya’s ability and Costa’s fearsome energy, there’s arguments to be made for each males.
Any individual has to lose their pristine document and just one man can stroll out with the belt, so who’s it going to be?
Right here, previous and current fighters have their say, starting with the person Adesanya took the middleweight belt from…
“I feel Adesanya has the skillset to beat Costa however has simply obtained that X-factor. Identical factor with Yoel [Romero]. Large, highly effective, cardio, chin… laborious to say.
“I’d most likely lean in direction of Costa but when I used to be a betting man I’d most likely go together with Adesanya, however I feel Costa would make some good cash too.”
“I prefer it, as a result of they’re each giving it again to one another. I’m having fun with the trash speak. I just like the struggle quite a bit.
“From a aggressive standpoint it’s nice as a result of they’re each unbeaten and Costa had the one actually shut struggle with Romero – properly, I assume they each had an in depth struggle with Romero.
“I feel Adesanya goes to win. That’s simply my feeling. He’s going to out strike him, he’s going to maneuver a bit higher, that’s my feeling. However, I wouldn’t be shocked if I obtained it unsuitable.”
“I feel Izzy. I feel Izzy will get it performed.
“Costa is nice for like two rounds, he’s harmful for 2 or three rounds however after that he gasses out and slows proper down.
“It’ll be an excellent struggle, an entertaining struggle. However, I feel Izzy can be too sharp for him and he’ll stroll him on to one thing and Izzy will get the victory.”
“I don’t think about Paulo Costa a technical striker in any respect. He’s a brawler. You see him do it time and time once more, he breaks individuals.
“For some purpose, for a man that shredded and that huge, he’s obtained cardio for days. When he beat Uriah Corridor, he broke him mentally. He gave up on the market.
“After all, you’re not going to interrupt Yoel Romero and people guys fought just about the identical. They only got here ahead and swung for the fences. However somebody like Izzy Adesanya? He’s obtained the potential to complete this man within the second or third spherical.
“Izzy is a counter-striker. He waits for guys to make the errors and he takes benefit of it. I feel this falls proper into his recreation plan.
“Costa is aggressive and he swings. He’s obtained a variety of motion and large loops in his strikes which is ideal for a man like Izzy who did the identical to Robert Whittaker, who I feel is quicker than Costa.
“The one factor about Costa is, he’s sturdy. Very sturdy. He’s very powerful to complete.
“So if Izzy can put on him down within the first spherical or two, I really feel he can choose him off with the counter strikes. I obtained Izzy successful that struggle.”
“Costa was in my camp. He’s a really robust man, a troublesome man. He’s very sturdy.
“You have got a man in Adesanya who could be very artful and really awkward and completely different. However I feel Israel doesn’t have nice arms. He has a mixture of the arms and toes, however he’s not an excellent boxer.
“Costa has excellent arms. He realized a variety of stuff with me. He’s an amazing boxer. I feel he has an opportunity but when the struggle will get previous the third spherical I feel it goes to Israel.
“That’s what individuals like – two strikers and we all know to not count on the struggle on the bottom and that’s what sells.
“Keep in mind, it’s not MMA, it’s a fight sport, so each guys are fight athletes. They prefer to strike and that’s what sells.”
“I’ve Izzy successful.
“He has an enormous attain benefit and he is aware of the way to use his attain and he additionally has extraordinarily good footwork.
“Paulo is type of a plodding, straight-board type of fighter and Izzy strikes properly and early. So that you all know what occurs whenever you get a straight ahead fighter towards a well-moving fighter.”
“Israel, best struggle of the night time. I feel he’s simply gonna bash Costa. I feel it’s gonna be a one-sided ass whooping. He’s an enormous muscle-bound gradual striker. If I used to be designing a personality to do poorly towards Israel, that will be it.
“A giant, robust, restricted striker who’s going to stroll ahead and eat pictures.
“If I might design a personality to get his ass whooped by Israel, that’s fairly shut. I simply don’t assume his ability set belongs in that realm of Rob Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.”