‘Adesanya is human trash… I will not stop until I have my revenge’: Paulo Costa slams UFC rival for ‘disgusting action’ when he ‘humped’ him seconds before ending their Fight Island bout
- Israel Adesanya dominated Paulo Costa to win their highly-anticipated bout
- Adesanya added insult to injury by appearing to ‘hump’ his opponent at the end
- Reacting to the moment, Costa demanded a rematch after ‘disgusting’ action
- Dana White hit out at Costa’s lack of competitiveness after the fight in Abu Dhabi
UFC fighter Paulo Costa has slammed rival Israel Adesanya after he appeared to ‘hump’ his stricken opponent just seconds before the end of their fight.
With the referee moving in to end the bout, Adesanya added insult to injury by pretending to have sex with Costa before moving away to celebrate the victory.
The humiliating moment has caused fury in Costa’s camp and the fighter took to Instagram to insist on a rematch so he could exact his revenge.
Israel Adesanya appeared to ‘hump’ the stricken Paulo Costa at the end of their UFC bout
Adesanya dominated Costa from start to finish in their Fight Island clash in Abu Dhabi
‘Adesanya is human trash,’ Costa wrote on Instagram. ‘This has become a grave situation! I saw his disgusting action after fight and I will not stop until I have my revenge. @danawhite make this rematch happen.
‘It turned into a matter of honour and I want the rematch immediately. Let’s sort it out as it should be, life or death, 100% prepared. Dana White let’s go.’
It is as yet unclear whether another fight between the pair will take place, although given White’s immediate reaction to the bout it seems unlikely.
Costa was furious in the aftermath and says he will not stop until he gets his revenge
Adesanya celebrates the victory over Costa, which Dana White called ‘Domination of the Year’
Costa was unbeaten going into the fight, but White said afterwards: ‘So much for “Fight of the Year” – it was “Domination of the Year”.
‘It was weird because if you look at every other fight that Costa has had, he comes out and goes after people like they owe him money.
‘I think he landed one jab in this fight. He didn’t try to clinch on the fence, didn’t try to put pressure, kept going back to the centre of the octagon. It was very weird.’
Adesanya is now expected to move on to a fresh challenge from Jared Cannonier or another bout with Robert Whittaker.
White pulled no punches himself after the fight as he slammed Costa’s lack of competitiveness
Adesanya is now likely to move on to fight either Jared Cannonier or Robert Whittaker