Nigerian Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Paul Costa with a knock out in the second round.
Adesanya blessed the Brazilian fighter with kicks to weakened the trash-talking fighter in the first round before sending him to the canvass in the second round.
Costa has been one of the division top fighters and remained undefeated in 13 bouts before the TKO against Adesanya on Saturday.
Adesanya opened up Costa’s face with a high kick at the start of the second round and then finished off his challenger with a left counter-punch to the dome.
The combination left Costa with wobble feet and he stumbled backwards and could not regain his balance.
Earlier in the main card on “Fight Island” in the United Arab Emirates, Jan Błachowicz defeated Dominick Reyes, also by TKO, to claim the light heavyweight title.
Adesanya has called out Jared Cannonier for his next scrap after demolishing Costa and UFC president Dana White confirmed at the UFC post-fight press conference“That’s the fight if Cannonier wins,” .
“And I love that about Israel. He’s ready for who’s next, who else thinks they can beat me. The kid is an absolute stud.”