Paulo Costa Pokes Fun At Israel Adesanya In New Mock Fight Video

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Paulo Costa recently released a mock fight video poking fun at UFC 253 opponent Israel Adesanya.

Paulo Costa is trying to get under Israel Adesanya’s skin ahead of UFC 253. Costa recently released a mock fight video for their upcoming matchup, poking fun at “Stylebender’s” performance in his last fight against Yoel Romero. In the video, Adesanya is played by Costa training partner and Thai kickboxer Vanderlei “Toquinho” Goncalves. Goncalves’ “Runnersanya” proceeds to run around the Octagon, forcing Costa to chase him down.

This stems from Adesanya’s last performance against Yoel Romero in March, which he won via unanimous decision to retain the middleweight title. For the most part, the fight was poorly received for its lack of action, with some criticizing Adesanya for not engaging. You can check out the full mock fight video from Costa here below.

Adesanya and Costa will headline the UFC 253 pay-per-view (PPV) from the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi on September 27.  It will be one of the rare times that two undefeated fighters will compete for a UFC title against one another. The PPV will also feature a co-main event that will decide the fate of the vacant light heavyweight title, as Dominick Reyes goes head-to-head with Jan Blachowicz.