Israel Adesanya-Paulo Costa title struggle set for Sept. 19 at UFC 253

One of the crucial-anticipated UFC middleweight title fights has a date. Israel Adesanya will defend his 185-pound title versus Paulo Costa on Sept. 19, per a number of sources.

Information of the struggle was first reported by Combate.

The struggle, which is able to happen at UFC 253, does not have a location but. It should doubtless happen in both Las Vegas or Abu Dhabi, however the promotion hasn’t finalized these plans simply but due to the coronavirus pandemic, sources mentioned.

Initially, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje was focused for Sept. 19, however the present plan is to headline the cardboard with Adesanya vs. Costa after which do Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje for the light-weight title later within the fall.

Adesanya (19-0) efficiently defended the middleweight title for the primary time in March when he defeated Yoel Romero through unanimous resolution. That struggle was presupposed to be in opposition to his bitter rival, Costa, nevertheless, Costa was compelled out of the struggle after struggling a torn left biceps.

The Brazilian Costa (13-0) most lately defeated Romero through unanimous resolution in August 2019.

The duo have been entangled in a disagreement since earlier than Adesanya received the middleweight title final October.

The struggle will mark simply the second time in UFC historical past that two undefeated males struggle for an undisputed title. The primary time got here again in 2008 when champion Rashad Evans defended the sunshine heavyweight title in opposition to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98.

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