After months of back and forth trash discussions, Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa had another heated exchange before they met on Saturday.
Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Costa in the UFC 253 headliner in Abu Dhabi.
Costa seemingly mocked Adesanya’s grappling skills, pulled out a white belt and tossed it to Adesanya, causing Adesanya to immediately toss it back. This gesture sparked a brief argument that was quickly broken off before the fighters could reach each other.
At a press conference Thursday, Costa scoffed when Adesanya suggested that Costa, a jiu-jitsu black belt, be submitted.
“You never put a gi on your thin body,” replied Costa. “Talk to me about jiu-jitsu. You are crazy.”
Adesanya and Costa are both better known for their elite hitting skills, but they have 25 minutes on Saturday to show all they have to offer and to dispel their grudges.