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UFC 253: Israel Adesanya Vs Paulo Costa Prediction

Friday 25th September 2020 19:22's prediction for UFC 253's main event between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa

As UFC 253's highly anticipated bout gets closer, the question of who will be the UFC's Middleweight Champion seems to be creating a strong divide among fans.

Technically proficient and a gifted counter-striker, Israel Adesanya's stature is something compared to that of Paulo Costa's bodybuilder like presence.

There's been uncertainty around his weight cut from the champion, and many are expecting that, coupled with his pressure-style method of attack to be determinate of the outcome.

Whilst it's worth considering, UFC's Dan Hardy was keen to mention Israel Adesanya's use of range, and ability to dictate that in the fight.

The real question, for, is can Israel Adesanya execute his ability to keep distance long enough for Costa to get tired?

It's a five round fight, something Paulo Costa is less than familiar with.

Adesanya on the other hand, should be well conditioned, and in the perfect scenario, would be more tentative with his output for the early rounds - holding ground but favouring his mavourerability and stance switching to evade Costa's forward pressure.

Expect that "The Last Stylebender" will seek to have Costa empty the gas tank and be able to pick his shots with God-like precision whilst Costa amps up the pressure early.

Prediction: Israel Adesanya by TKO - Round 4

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