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UFC: Israel Adesanya retains his belt

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UFC: Israel Adesanya retains his belt

Nigerian born fighter Israel Adesanya has proved his critics wrong in a comprehensive way as he blitzed rival Paulo Costa with a second round knockout to retain his belt at UFC 253.

Adesanya methodically attacked Costa’s legs in the opening round, with 20 kicks landed in a bid to slow the devastatingly powerful Brazilian.

Costa, 29, attempted to goad the champion into making it an all-out brawl, but Adesanya remained composed, opting to pick his shots and bide his time before landing the knockout blow.

And it did not take long. The Nigerian-born New Zealander chose to pounce in the second round, with a big left hook knocking Costa to the canvas, with a flurry of ground and pound strikes enough to persuade referee Jason Herzog to stop the contest.

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