Paulo Costa is next in line for a middleweight title shot and so has a vested interest in the outcome of this weekend’s UFC 243 main event clash between current champion Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya in Australia.
Speaking ahead of the fight, Costa has made it crystal clear who he is rooting for and why.
“I’m really rooting for Adesanya to win,” Costa told mmafighting.com. “I think it’s going to be a really tough, I don’t think he gets past (Whittaker), but I’m asking God for him to win because I would really love to win the belt by beating him up.
“I really want to knock him out cold in the Octagon (and) leave him lying on the floor unconscious. I want to take that belt away from him so he stops being such a clown, but I don’t think he gets past Whittaker.”
Costa went on to explain why he appears to have something against Adesanya in particular.
“We were at the same hotel when I was going to fight Uriah Hall. He fought the night before against Brad Tavares, but no one knows who the hell Brad Tavares is, and he’s acting like he’s the man. We both won and he called me out. I don’t even know who this f*cker is, you know?”