Israel Adesanya Reacts to Paulo Costa’s UFC 302 Loss

“Adesanya Critiques Costa’s Stamina and Strategy”

Paulo Costa recently squared off against former UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland at UFC 302 in Newark, New Jersey. The bout ended in a split decision loss for Costa, marking another setback in his career. Israel Adesanya, who has faced both fighters in the past, shared his thoughts on the match in a reaction video on his YouTube channel. Adesanya criticized Costa’s performance, highlighting his lack of stamina and ability to handle Strickland’s relentless pressure.

Adesanya emphasized that Costa needed to utilize more aggressive strategies, such as body kicks and grappling, to counter Strickland’s effective jab and front kicks. He pointed out that Costa’s tendency to tire out quickly played a significant role in his defeat, allowing Strickland to dominate the later rounds.


Adesanya’s Analysis and Predictions

In his reaction video, Adesanya broke down the fight, stating that Costa “might get jabbed the f*ck out in this one” and predicted that Strickland would take advantage of Costa’s fatigue. Adesanya also suggested that Costa needed to mix up his techniques to disrupt Strickland’s rhythm, but ultimately, he believed that Strickland’s consistency and pressure would secure him the victory.

UFC 302 Fight Results

Main Card

  • Lightweight Title Fight: Islam Makhachev defeats Dustin Poirier via submission (d’arce choke) – Round 5, 2:42
  • Middleweight: Sean Strickland defeats Paulo Costa via split decision (46–49, 50–45, 49–46)
  • Middleweight: Kevin Holland defeats Michal Oleksiejczuk via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:34
  • Welterweight: Niko Price defeats Alex Morono via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
  • Welterweight: Randy Brown defeats Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)

Preliminary Card

  • Middleweight: Roman Kopylov defeats Cesar Almeida via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 30–27)
  • Heavyweight: Jailton Almeida defeats Alexandr Romanov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:27
  • Lightweight: Grant Dawson defeats Joe Solecki via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27)
  • Welterweight: Jake Matthews defeats Phil Rowe via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)

Early Preliminary Card

  • Welterweight: Bassil Hafez defeats Mickey Gall via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Ailin Perez defeats Joselyne Edwards via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)
  • Catchweight (130 lbs): Andre Lima defeats Nyamjargal Tumendemberel via split decision (30–27, 28–29, 30–27)

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