Paulo Costa is holding nothing back when it comes to how he feels about current champ Israel Adesanya. After facing his first loss in his MMA career, Costa took to social media to express his frustration with the post-fight antics of Adesanya and demanded an immediate rematch with the champ.
The Problem Is Costa Didn’t Do Enough To Deserve A Rematch
Costa vs Adesanya was one of the most one-sided fights in UFC history. Adesanya not only finished the fight in the 2nd round, but had 55 of 84 significant strikes. Costa on the other hand only had 12 of 26 significant strikes land during the fight. Just based off of those stats alone there’s no way Dana White is going to offer a rematch to Costa. Now, although Costa has a right to be upset about the post-fight humping from Israel, that doesn’t warrant a rematch either. It might justify a rematch just based off of the bad blood, but there’s many other potential matches for both Costa and Adesanya.
What Is Next For Adesanya and Costa?
When it comes to true UFC star power not many can compete with Israel Adesanya. He holds a 20-0-0 record and that doesn’t include his 80-5 kickboxing record. Israel has charisma, talent, and everything it takes to be one of the greatest of all time. I can’t see the UFC setting up a super fight between Jones and Adesanya, but I think the next match up will be what the champ wants and that’s a fight with Jared Cannonier should he beat Robert Whittaker on October 24th.
As for Costa, I think many look at the fight against Adesanya as a reset for Paulo. Sure, it was completely one-sided, but Paulo still holds a 13-1 record. All the former title contender needs is a dominant win or two to get back into the title shot picture. I’d love to see Costa fight the winner of Darren Till vs Jack Hermansson as that fight is happening in December and will give Costa plenty of time to heal up and get back to training. The injuries Paulo endured during the Adesanya fight weren’t too damaging, but it showed that the Brazilian MMA star needs to go back to the drawing board.