The two best middleweights in the worldlock horns in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 253 as IsraelAdesanyadefends the middleweight championship against No. 2 -anked Paulo Costa from Fight Island at theFlash Forum atYasIsland in Abu Dhabi.
The co-main event will feature a result that will have a light heavyweight champion not named Jon Jones or DanielCormierfor the first time since 2011 when No. 1-ranked Dominick Reyes meets No. 3-ranked JanBlachowiczfor the vacant 205-pound championship.
Adesanya-Costais the first UFC title fight featuring unbeaten fighters sinceRashadEvans facedLyotoMachidafor the light heavyweight title at UFC 98.
TheAdesanyaand Costa feud got hot after the former knocked out RobertWhittakerto become the undisputed champion at UFC 243. After the contest,Adesanyadared Costa, who was in the crowd, to come into the Octagon. Since then, the two have traded barbs back and forth, and now the score will be settled at UFC 253.
Adesanyalast competed at UFC 248, defeatingYoelRomero by unanimous decision. The bout upset fans becauseAdesanyafought a more tactical contest than usual for “The Last Style Bender”.Adesanyavows things will be different Saturday.
“He’s (Costa) dumb, and he walks forward, and he throws shots,”Adesanyasaid to ESPN in August. “That’s what makes it really exciting, and that’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to a big, inflated ignoramus running up on me, trying to throw shots as I keep moving and sticking him.”
Costa fought only once in 2019, but it was in an all-action affair, beating Romero by unanimous decision at UFC 241. After the confrontation withAdesanyaat UFC 243, it was revealed that Costa had to have bicep surgery, which forcedAdesanyato face Romero first.
Jones saidin August that he would be leaving the divisionhe’s ruled since beating “Shogun”Ruaat UFC 128 to win the light heavyweight strap and move up to heavyweight. When Jones made the announcement, the UFC quickly madeReyes andBlachowicz.
Reyes’ last performance came against Jones, giving him a run for his money in losing bya narrow split decision at UFC 247 that some felt should have gone the way of Reyes.
After losing to former 205-pound title challengerThiagoSantos in February 2019,Blachowicz hasgone on a tear, winning three in a row with two of those victories coming via stoppage, including a first-round knockout of Corey Anderson in his most recent outing in February.
On paper, UFC 253 is a must-see event with what should be two exciting title fights.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC 253, including the time, odds, full fight card info, and how to watchAdesanyavs. Costa.
When is UFC 253: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa?
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 26
- Early prelims: 7p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8p.m. ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Live stream: ESPN+
UFC 253takes place Saturday night, Sept. 26. Early prelimsget underwayat 7p.m. ET, followed by prelims at 8 p.m. ET and the main card pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
How to watch UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa
In the United States, the UFC Fight Pass prelims, beginning at 7p.m. ET, will be simulcast on UFC Fight Pass, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.The prelims continue on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes andESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, followed bythe ESPN+ main card pay-per-view, whichwill beginat 10 p.m. ET.
In Canada, the early prelims are on TSN and UFC Fight Pass, the prelims are on TSN and RDS, and the PPV main card is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
How much does UFC 253cost? PPV price for Adesanya vs. Costa
In the U.S., the UFC 253main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 253is $64.99 for current subscribers, while new subscribers can pay a bundle price of $84.98 for UFC 253and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which is a savings of over 25 percent.
Where is UFC 253?
UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costawill take place atFight Island at theFlash Forum atYasIsland in Abu Dhabiwith no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.Neither Adesanya or Costa have fought in Abu Dhabi.
Adesanya vs. Costa odds for UFC 253
According to Bet MGM, Adesanya sits at a sizable favorite at-176, meaning you would have to bet $176to win $100. The challengercomes in at +145 where it would take a bet of $100to win $145.
Israel Adesanya record, bio
- Name:Israel Adesanya
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Born:July22, 1989
- Reach:80 inches
- Total fights:19
Paulo Costa record, bio
- Name:Paulo Costa
- Born:April 21, 1991
- Reach:72 inches
- Total fights:13
UFC 253fight card
- Israel Adesanya(c) vs. Paulo Costa for Adesanya’s Middleweight title
- Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Bachowiczfor vacant Light Heavyweight title
- Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval;Flyweight
- Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks;Women’s Bantamweight
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov;Featherweight
- Brad Riddell vs. Alex Da Silva;Lightweight
- Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews;Welterweight
- Shane Young vs. udovt Klein;Featherweight
- William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur;Light Heavyweight
- Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes;Heavyweight
- Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques;Light Heavyweight