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Paulo Costa Puts Israel Adesanya Loss on ‘Hangover’ From Drinking ‘Too Much Wine’

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UFC middleweight Paulo Costa suffered a huge setback in his quest of capturing the middleweight title in September 2020 when faced with a second-round TKO loss to the middleweight king Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi. Adesanya showcased he was the superior striker on the night and handed the Brazilian his first loss as a professional mixed martial artist.

Five months on from the fight, Paulo Costa opens up in a recent Youtube video on his personal channel on why he lost the fight and looked as bad as he did. “Borrachinha” disclosed that he drank a bottle of wine the night before the bout with Adesanya in an attempt to help him sleep.

Paulo Costa on His UFC 253 Loss

Paulo Costa
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Paulo Costa of Brazil stands in his corner prior to facing Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

“I was kind of drunk when I fought, maybe, on a hangover,” Costa said. “I couldn’t sleep because of leg cramps. Keep in mind that the fight happens at 9 a.m. We have to wake up at 5 to get ready, stretch, wrap the hands. The UFC told us to wake up at 5 in the morning to go to the arena to fight. I hadn’t slept until 2:30.”

“It was my mistake and I don’t blame anyone else, it was something I chose to do, but, in order to try to sleep, because I had to sleep since I was awake for 24 hours, I had wine, too much wine, a bottle of wine to try to blackout. I had a glass and didn’t work. Two glasses, it didn’t work. The half bottle didn’t work. I had it all.”

Despite the agonising defeat to foe in Adesanya, Paulo Costa is hopeful of earning the rematch by making a statement over former champion Robert Whittaker on April 17 when the two meet in a five-round main event in Las Vegas. Paulo Costa promises we will see the old and aggressive “Borrachinha”.

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