UFC Fighter’s Startling Admission: ‘I Was Sort of Drunk’

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Paulo Costa throws a punch at Yoel Romero within the third spherical throughout their middleweight bout at UFC 241 at Honda Heart on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

One of the hyped fights of 2020 was UFC 253’s primary occasion: middleweight champion Israel Adesanya vs. prime contender Paulo Costa. For months, UFC president Dana White had billed it because the combat he was most excited to see.

Many believed that the competition can be an all-out struggle however that wasn’t the case in any respect.

The battle of undefeated fighters ended with the Brazilian dropping his “0”. Adesanya pummeled “Borrachinha” on the toes and completed him within the second spherical through TKO, emphatically placing the stamp on their rivalry for now.

Israel Adesanya & Paulo Costa

GettyIsrael Adesanya kicks Paulo Costa of their middleweight championship bout throughout UFC 253 inside Flash Discussion board on UFC Struggle Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

However in line with Costa, there’s a serious cause he didn’t carry out the best way many thought he would.

Throughout a video Costa shared on YouTube Saturday, he spoke about his combat with Adesanya. As a result of they fought in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Costa and “The Final Stylebender” fought on the morning of September 27 so North American followers might watch the occasion in the course of the regular Saturday evening pay-per-view time slot.

Costa admitted in Portuguese that as a result of he wasn’t ready to go to sleep the evening earlier than his combat, he drank a complete bottle of wine to attempt to “blackout.”

“I used to be sort of drunk [when] I fought, possibly, on hangover,” Costa mentioned as transcribed by MMA Combating. “I couldn’t sleep due to the [leg] cramps. Remember the fact that the combat occurs at 9 a.m. [local time], we’ve to get up at 5 to prepare, stretch, wrap the arms. The UFC instructed us to get up at 5 within the morning to go to the world to combat. I hadn’t slept till 2:30.

“It was my mistake and I don’t blame anybody else, it was one thing I selected [to do], however, so as to attempt to sleep, as a result of I needed to sleep since I used to be awake for 24 hours, I had wine, an excessive amount of wine, a bottle [of wine] to attempt to blackout. I had a glass and didn’t work. Two glasses, it didn’t work. Half bottle, didn’t work. I had all of it.”

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Costa Stated He Shouldn’t Have Fought Due to the State He Was in, However Was Nonetheless Very Assured He May Defeat Adesanya

Israel Adesanya & Paulo Costa

GettyIsrael Adesanya and Paulo Costa face off in the course of the UFC 253 weigh-in on September 25, 2020 at Flash Discussion board on UFC Struggle Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Throughout the video, Costa promised followers that he plans on going again to “the identical Paulo,” head looking and in search of a KO victory.

“Except for the Adesanya combat the place many issues occurred, many elements that didn’t permit me to get there effectively, will probably be the identical Paulo of at all times, going for the knockout always,” Costa mentioned through MMA Combating. “That’s who I’m. I haven’t modified. The factor is, I used to be 20, 10 p.c of my capacities within the Adesanya combat. We needed to change the technique within the locker room. ‘Don’t assault him, simply anticipate the primary two rounds,’ which was a mistake. As we speak we all know that was a mistake, however speaking is straightforward.”

Costa mentioned that he shouldn’t have fought The Final Stylebender in that situation. “However, I’ll say it once more, I used to be very assured,” he continued. “I wished to combat, I assumed I might do it. I simply suppose the technique was unsuitable, to not assault him.”

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Costa Returns to Motion in April Towards Robert Whittaker

Borrachinha is able to bounce again as he’s set to combat former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC Struggle Evening 189 on April 17.

Whittaker has gained each his subsequent fights since dropping the title to Adesanya in October 2019 and he’s on the cusp of a rematch with The Final Stylebender. And may Costa defeat Whittaker, he’ll firmly set up himself on the prime of the UFC’s 185-pound division.

“Except for the Adesanya combat the place many issues occurred, many elements that didn’t permit me to get there effectively, will probably be the identical Paulo of at all times, going for the knockout always,” Costa mentioned through MMA Combating. “That’s who I’m. I haven’t modified. The factor is, I used to be 20, 10 p.c of my capacities within the Adesanya combat. We needed to change the technique within the locker room. ‘Don’t assault him, simply anticipate the primary two rounds,’ which was a mistake. As we speak we all know that was a mistake, however speaking is straightforward.”

Costa mentioned that he shouldn’t have fought The Final Stylebender in that situation. “However, I’ll say it once more, I used to be very assured,” he continued. “I wished to combat, I assumed I might do it. I simply suppose the technique was unsuitable, to not assault him.”

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