Israel Adesanya defeats Paulo Costa in a second round TKO at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi.
Freakishly, Adesanya retained his title with very little to trouble him over the course of two rounds.
From the first bell, Adesanya picked apart Costa attacking the lead leg then mixing it up with body kicks, head kicks and jabs in an onslaught where eventually a counter to the temple dropped the Brazillian leaving him open to the champion's strikes from a top position on the ground.
Adesanya was able to give Costa a lot to think about entering into striking range, with very few punches thrown in a fight where many thought Costa would be the aggressor.
Dictating the entire course of the fight, Adesanya's first significant strike would be a head kick that cut the brow of his opponent, with in between body kicks, jabs, and feints.
The leg kicks keeping Costa second guessing his textbook forward movement in the fight, his hesitancy to let his hands go was a sound statement on Izzy's evasive abilities.
Slipping his jab, Israel's head movement set him up to land a counter left-hook, dropping the challenger and ultimately securing his fate in a ground-and-pound attack that ended the fight probably a lot quicker than many would have expected.
An incredible win for an unstoppable talent, the Nigerian-born Adesanya gives mention to fan favourite Anderson Silva post-fight in a sport where he the man is quickly cementing himself amongst the ranks of such legends with such decisive performances.
Izzy looks to fight Jared Cannonier pending the result of his upcoming bout with Robert Whittaker.