MMA-UFC UFC 253 - Adesanya vs Costa

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NonPhixion

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hmmm. questionable game plan from Costa. Izzy was circling really well, but he needed to put more pressure and get inside. sitting back at kickboxing range against Adesanya is just asking for trouble .
 

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He literally humped him after the ko fmd issy

Just another class all fight though, you need amazing boxing to compete
 

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hmmm. questionable game plan from Costa. Izzy was circling really well, but he needed to put more pressure and get inside. sitting back at kickboxing range against Adesanya is just asking for trouble .
Even when he got him backed up to the cage he threw kicks instead of punches
 

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Even when he got him backed up to the cage he threw kicks instead of punches
yeh, its like he threw the gameplan out as soon as the fight started. maybe Izzy just has that effect on these fighters idk. But the only way you are going to beat him is with heavy pressure and get him against the cage.
 

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Has there ever been a more insecure champion in any sport?
Why does he give a fu** what people say lol
He's athletically and technically gifted, and contrary to his beliefs media def pump his tyres....never understood it.

Costa bottled that though, should have started hot early than sh*t talking through the fight.

Hopefully one day Izzy will get humbled.
 
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yeh, its like he threw the gameplan out as soon as the fight started. maybe Izzy just has that effect on these fighters idk. But the only way you are going to beat him is with heavy pressure and get him against the cage.
Or someone with an elite ground game but they don't really exist at the top of MW. Would love to see what izzy is like if someone takes him down.

It'll never happen, but Usman moving up for one fight would be real interesting
 

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Damn I hate him but damn he's good. Who the hell is gonna beat him?
I don't know if anyone in the UFC can currently. Appears to be at his prime and hasn't really fought anyone who has challenged him on the feet. You'd probably say Gastelum has done the best in the striking department against him.
 

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Costa being more aggressive would have just ended in him being countered. Still would have been a better option than whatever the hell he just did.

Taunt, do nothing, get stopped. Very odd
 

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hmmm. questionable game plan from Costa. Izzy was circling really well, but he needed to put more pressure and get inside. sitting back at kickboxing range against Adesanya is just asking for trouble .
Stylebender is technically the best striker in the middleweight division with supreme distance control and the ability to read his opponents movement. With Costas left leg busted up there was very little opportunity for him to get inside. It was simply a Masterclass.
 

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Poor showing by Costa , didn't even test izzy , stood back and got picked apart
Cant stand Adesanya , hope someone knocks him out, doubt there is anyone in his devision that can tho.
 

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im still sitting here scratching my head about Costa's gameplan. like honestly what was that? one of the worst ive ever seen
I'm guessing he was hoping to bank some early rounds with some kicks and save his gas tank for later. I think that's the real f’ed dilemma for anyone facing Adesanya, do you want into his counter or be patient?
Whittaker walked him down and got stomped.
 

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Stylebender is technically the best striker in the middleweight division with supreme distance control and the ability to read his opponents movement. With Costas left leg busted up there was very little opportunity for him to get inside. It was simply a Masterclass.
yeh i get that. He just seemed so tentative and scared to swing. You win some, you lose some. Definitely could have adopted a better strategy though.
 

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