UFC 253 is the ‘last chance to make good money’ for Israel Adesanya – Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa’s game plan for his UFC 253 showdown with Israel Adesanya is simple: seek and destroy. That comes as no surprise given the ferocity and downright disregard he’s had for his safety during his three-and-a-half-year stint in the promotion.

‘The Eraser’ will put pressure on Adesanya from the get-go in order to live up to his moniker and relieve the Nigerian-born Kiwi of his title in devastating fashion.

That, however, is not the only thing Costa wants to take away from Adesanya with victory on Fight Island.

The undefeated Brazilian wants to take the stardom Adesanya amassed during his scintillating run to the middleweight title and send him back to the prelims.

“This will be his last chance to make good money,” Costa said of Adesanya in an exclusive interview with Express Sport. “Because I’m bringing a lot of pay-per-views.

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This will be his last chance to make good money

Paulo Costa on his UFC 253 showdown with Paulo Costa

“A lot of people are watching the fight because of me. He needs to be grateful.

“He’ll take some bad some shots, but he’ll get some good money from me.”

Having faced plenty of pressure-based and powerful strikers during his time in kickboxing, New Zealand’s Adesanya is confident he’ll be able to handle the hell storm Costa will unleash.

The bull versus matador analogy has been used ad nauseam by the City Kickboxing standout in the build-up to Sunday morning’s eagerly-anticipated fight.


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Costa doesn’t take umbrage with that comparison, although he believes firmly ‘The Last Stylebender’ is overlooking his greatest weapon.

“I think he’s underestimating my power,” he said. “He knows what kind of guy he’ll face on September 26. That’s why he’s avoided this fight for a year.”

Having won all but two of his fights via stoppage, Costa is supremely confident of adding Adesanya’s name to his list of victims.

“I’m not treating him like a champion,” the 29-year-old said. “I’m treating his as my next victim.

“I will erase him, I will stop him very badly. I’ll f**k him up very badly.”

“My style is aggressive, it’s savage,” he continued. “It should win the fight and make it exciting to the watchers at home. That’s what I hope to do. Bring the fight and bring the war to Adesanya.”

Costa has had to endure a bombardment of taunts and allegations from Adesanya over the last 18 months, many of which have irked the pride of Belo Horizonte native.

Words, however, now mean nothing to ‘Borrachinha’ at this point.

“I don’t have a message for him,” Costa when asked if he had a parting message for his foe. “He already knows what I will bring to him inside the cage. His reign as a champion is over.”

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