UFC fighter Israel Adesanya defeated Paulo Costa

The fight was over in the second round with a TKO from Adesanya

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Nigerian UFC fighter Israel Adesanya defeated Paulo Costa of Brazil to retain the Middleweight title.

On UFC 253 on Saturday, Adesanya ended the match in the second round with a total knock out of his opponent.

Paulo Costa of Brazil punches Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 31-year-old Nigerian fighter connected multiple leg kicks and head hicks that caused Costa to hit the mat.

Seizing the opportunity, Adesanya struck his opponent’s head while the Brazilian fighter was unconscious – the referee intervened and stopped the fight, FOX News reported.

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Costo took to Instagram after his defeat and posted, “I will come back stronger.”

In the aftermath, Costo appeared to be battered, sporting sunglasses to hide his swollen eyes.

He also has a busted lip and scratches from his forehead down to his chin.

As is common before many UFC fights, the two men got into a heated argument before entering the arena.

In one of their interviews, Costo claimed he did not know who Adesanya was, despite being the current champion.

Adesanya replied by saying, “say my name, I am the f**king champ!”

On UFC 236, he won the interim UFC Middleweight Championship against Kelvin Gastelum in Atlanta.

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When the match was over, Adesanya spoke to one of the cameras in his native Yoruba language.

Adesanya has won all of his 20 matches in professional mixed martial arts.

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