The newly-crowned UFC interim-middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has stressed his hope that he can fight contender Paulo Costa in the near future.
Costa first took a shot at Stylebender following his UFC 236 war with Kelvin Gastelum last weekend.
Borrachinha has been on something of a tear in the middleweight division since first signing for the UFC. His most notable wins include Johny Hendricks and Uriah Hall but all in all, it was more the fashion, and in many ways, the brutality at which he was able to dispatch of each man that has earned him his notoriety.
The Brazilian went after Adesanya after his much-applauded interim-title victory last weekend, stating the following:
“Really this is the interim (fake) champ? Hahah. No doubt this weight division has already been better than this ****.
“Enjoy this while you can man, I really hope that you take the real belt one day to meet me. Note: And I’m not Gastelum.”
The always-vocal Nigerian was quick to respond, laughing off his attack – citing his recent issues with USADA and half-jokingly stressing his hope that nothing external comes in the way of them eventually sharing the octagon.
“Fake champ? Does he have belt?. He wishes he was a fake champion as well” Adesanya laughed. “Didn’t he get popped for something recently? Like Açaí in the stomach or something?
“I just want to get him before USADA gets him and eventually, if he climbs up the ranks like he thinks he will, then eventually we’ll see each other.
“Gastelum is a tough guy and he got touched up by Uriah. Did you see his face after the Uriah fight? He got touched up.”
“But, hey, even Chris Weidman gave me props. He gave me props when it was due. So, a guy like [Costa] is salty. He’s salty because I’m the one getting the shine so they’re trying to steal my shine and I’m like ‘f*ck no.’”
Right now, it appears as though a showdown between Adesanya and divisional champion Robert Whittaker is something of an inevitability – with Dana White putting forth his plan to host the fight in an Australian stadium.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena