Paulo Costa punches Israel Adesanya 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: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC Paulo Costa punches Israel Adesanya 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: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
Paulo Costa punches Israel Adesanya 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: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
Andrew Whitelaw
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The Takedown by Andrew Whitelaw

UFC 253: Israel Adesanya consigns the ‘EA curse’ with historic performance to cement superstar status

  • UFC 4 video game cover star Adesanya tweets ‘what EA curse?’ after emphatic victory over Paulo Costa on Fight Island
  • Undefeated middleweight champ hammers home that he’s something special, if it wasn’t already abundantly clear

Paulo Costa punches Israel Adesanya 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: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC Paulo Costa punches Israel Adesanya 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: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
Paulo Costa punches Israel Adesanya 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: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
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