The Last Stylebender’ has quickly become one of the faces of MMA in recent years, with his win over Yoel Romero at UFC 248 taking his record to 19 wins and no defeats.
Brazilian Costa goes into the fight undefeated as well and also beat Romero in his last outing.
The UFC main event will take place in Abu Dhabi as Dana White’s all-star company heads back to the desert.
UFC 253: TV and live stream
UFC 253 is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Sunday, September 27 for UK fans and will be held behind closed doors at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi.
UFC 253: Fight card
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Paulo Costa, Middleweight
Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz, Light Heavyweight
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov, Featherweight
Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval, Flyweight
Ketien Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks, Women’s Bantamweight
The main event will NOT be a pay-per-view event in the UK and BT Sport 1 will broadcast the show.
Their coverage of the prelims will start at 1am on Sunday with their main show starting at 3am ahead of Adesanya vs Costa at around 6am.
The show will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app.
EE mobile customers can get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.
The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers as normal.
In the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
UFC 253: What has been said?
UFC boss Dana White predicts Adesanya vs Costa will produce one of the best MMA events of 2020.
He said: “I predict it will be the fight of the year stylistically.
“People didn’t think Adesanya had power, but he’s been knocking out real guys lately.
“We’ve seen him the deep water, we’ve seen him take on really good wrestlers. Adesanya has it all.
“Now he’s going in against Paulo Costa who is an absolute savage. This guy throws everything with bad intentions, he moves forward the entire time and puts tons of pressure on you and tries to knock you out.
“It is impossible for this fight not to be incredible.”
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