Adesanya, Costa trash talk on SportsCenter
UFC middleweight champion Adesanya and challenger Paulo Costa appeared recently on ESPN SportsCenter, and talked trash.
“He’s dumb,” said Adesanya. “He’s dumb and he walks forward and he throws shots. That’s what makes it really exciting, and that’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to this big, inflated ignoramus, running up on me, trying to throw shots as I keep moving and sticking him.”
“The only people he ever beat that are worthy of anything as two guys that are ranked, that was Uriah Hall and Romero. Who else has he beat that’s ranked? Who else has he beat? I can list you four guys that I have, so you have to understand there’s levels to this.
“Like I said, he’s dumb. But that’s what makes him dangerous, as well, because he’s not scared to walk forward and just throw, and he’s strong. But the same thing happens when they step in the cage with me. When they see me, they feel me. They say, ‘Oh my God – he’s a lot stronger than I thought. Oh my God – he’s a lot bigger than I thought.’”
The undefeated Costa is coming off a Fight of the Night decision over Yoel Romero (1-4 his last five), a TKO win over Uriah Hall (which dropped Prime Time to 1-4 his last five), and a TKO win over Johnny Hendricks (1-4 his last five). So Costa may have a bigger challenge than UFC president Dana White might want you to believe. However, “The Eraser” is not impressed.
“His best skill is running away – avoid the fight,” said Costa. “He’s very good at that – very good when he wants to do that. I tried to ask him why he just stood when he faced Romero. The only thing more disturbing than his hair was his fight against Romero.”
The two fight in the main event of UFC 253 on September 26.