UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa are set to clash this Saturday Night in the main event of UFC 253.
Both champion and challenger bumped into each other on Fight Island, where the event is being held, and it was a respectful meeting between the two fighters.
Wallid Ismail, who is Costa’s manager, provided video of the meeting on Instagram:
The fighters did take a few friendly shots at each other before separating and going their separate ways.
UFC 253 takes place on Saturday, September 26 from Fight Island in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.