Israel Adesanya insists that he wants a third fight in 2020 after his UFC 253 masterclass win
- The undefeated controversial fighter has stated that he wants another fight this year
- Adesanya convincingly beat unbeaten Paulo Costa at UFC 253 to retain his Middleweight title
- Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Israel Adesanya insists that he wants a third fight in 2020 after his UFC 253 masterclass win.
Having defended his title in convincing fashion at UFC 253, Adesanya has stated that he wants another fight before the end of year.
The 31-year-old silenced his critics with a comprehensive win over the undefeated Costa, and the pair had not seen eye to eye in the build up to their bout on Fight Island.
Following his dominant second-round win, Adesanya made a series of lewd comments in the direction of his rival’s.
Speaking to Ariel Helwasni MMA Show, the Nigerian-born fighter said:
‘This year, I want to fight this year. We talked a little a bit last night and I can’t say much more but we’ve got some plans, I want to fight this year.
‘I’m fresh. My foot only hurts from kicking his a***. But I can’t tell you yet…’
Despite his weekend victory Adesanya – who stretched his MMA pro record to 20-0 – has faced criticism for his antics at the end of the fight on Saturday night.
He appeared to ‘hump’ his rival shortly after referee Jason Herzog called a stop to the contest, and then strolled around the octagon, launching an angry tirade for everyone to hear.
‘I wrap my d*** around my waist it’s a black belt, motherf*****’ he said, in reference to the white belt gimmick from Costa in the build-up to the title bout.
The 31-year-old then went onto break-dance while Costa was still receiving treatment from doctors just feet away.