The UFC star Paulo Costa is again surfacing the headlines in UFC News, but for a slightly different reason this time. He is making the headlines due to a bold statement for Israel Adesanya, which is rather disrespectful. However, he has also expressed the desire to face him at some point in his career.
The #2 star in the UFC Rankings of Middleweight division said in an interview, Yoel Romero is more tough than Whittaker, I know. And man, Adesanya, Adesanya is a fake champion. Because he is not proven yet. He needs to prove. He won against who? Tavares? Derek Brunson. Gastelum. Gastelum is a good fighter, but Gastelum is not a middleweight. Against Anderson Silva. Man, Anderson Silva is not top 10. Not top 5. I beat a real beast. I beat Yoel Romero.
Furthermore, it seems that Paulo has made such a statement to make things even more sour between him and Israel Adesanya, because he has been making such statements against him even in the past. This time, Paulo also belittled Israel Adesanya’s achievements and said, I definitely will erase him. He doesn’t have a chance, he’s very skinny. He’s just tall, he does not have a chin, not have confidence.
A major reason that can be seen behind such statements of Paulo Costa is to create a mental supremacy over his competitor, who he wants to defeat at some point in his career. He has also wished him a victory against Whittaker at UFC 243, where Israel Adesanya has a chance to unify the UFC Middleweight Titles. If Paulo gets to face Israel, the unified title holder, it will be an easy victory for him, according to his own assessment.
However, even Paulo Costa knows that he cannot face Israel Adesanya for six months from now due to suspension, but once his suspension is removed, everyone would wait for this tension to be taken inside the octagon.