The hits keep coming for UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa, after the Brazilian power-puncher claimed to be "hungover" during his loss to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 — Fightful has you covered on how Adesanya responded to those claims and other viral social media moments from the world of MMA.
Israel Adesanya Trolls Paulo Costa Over "Hangover" Comments
Flashback to UFC 253, one of the most-hyped UFC middleweight title fights of all-time took place in the form of champion Israel Adesanya against challenger Paulo Costa.
The fight wouldn't be very competitive right from the get-go. Adesanya had an answer for anything "Borrachina" had to offer and completely nullified to usual extremely aggressive fighter, en-route to a second-round TKO victory.
It's been about six months since the bout and Costa has finally revealed the "reason" for his shortcoming on that fateful September night.
He was "hungover"...from drinking too much wine the previous night.
Everyone in and out of the world of MMA has trolled Costa for the comment, including former two-weight champion Daniel Cormier and of course, the aforementioned Israel Adesanya, who pondered to his Twitter followers, which beverage he should indulge in, last evening.
Can’t sleep... -- or --? pic.twitter.com/yPbAJiiexi— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) March 3, 2021
UFC Releases Jan Blachowicz Hype Video Ahead of UFC 259
Much like Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz saw victory at UFC 253, when he knocked out Dominick Reyes to claim the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship.
The Polish-born champion again finds himself on the same card as Adesanya...this time, he'll be sharing the octagon with him.
Blachowicz is looking to stop Adesanya from becoming the fifth UFC fighter in the promotion's history to simultaneously hold a title in two weight classes, alongside Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes (who also competes at UFC 259) and Henry Cejudo.
Ahead of the champion vs. champion clash, the UFC released a hype video, highlighting the "Polish-power" that Blachowicz possesses.
Jan Blachowicz Plans To Show Israel Adesanya He Made A "Mistake" Moving To Light Heavyweight
The UFC light heavyweight championship will top the bill at UFC 259 during the event's title tripleheader. The bout will also see the promotion's middleweight champion Israel Adesanya look to achieve what only four other fighters in UFC history have...become a simultaneous two-weight champion.
However, light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz plans to play spoiler and permanently send Adesanya back down to middleweight.
Alexander Volkanovski Calls Paulo Costa's Hangover Excuse "Pathetic"
Yet again another UFC fighter comments on Paulo Costa's wild excuse of being "hungover" during his UFC 253 loss to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
When Paulo Costa claimed that "sober" Costa is still undefeated, UFC bantamweight champion Alexander Volkanovski chimed in, calling Costa's excuse "pathetic".
Sober Costa is still undefeated --— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) March 3, 2021
Pathetic!! https://t.co/ysaCx6JOby— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) March 3, 2021
Angela Hill Breaks Down UFC 259 Main Event
Stepping in for Dominick Cruz, who's fighting at UFC 259, UFC strawweight contender Angela Hill breaks down the main event of UFC 259 between Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya.
Hill highlights how Adesanya turns his defense into offense during the latest edition of "Unlocking Victory".
Rooted in @stylebender's ability to pull and slip, @AngieOverkill demonstrates how his defensive dodges turn into devastating counter offense --— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 2, 2021
Stream Unlocking Victory for #UFC259 on ESPN+ https://t.co/xV6zIVsjbi pic.twitter.com/11eXZ7u8bz
Conor McGregor Promises To Start Checking Leg Kicks
UFC 257 marked the first KO-loss in the illustrious career of former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor.
Part of the reasoning that Dustin Poirier was able to knockout McGregor was because of a bevy of leg kicks that rendered McGregor motionless.
However if the pair have a trilogy fight, the brash-Irishmen promises to check those Poirier leg kicks.
Guys I’m gonna cheque the leg kick— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 3, 2021
Jeff Novitzky Recognizes Several UFC Fighters Who Have Passed 25 USADA Tests
Keeping illegal substances and performance enhancers out of the UFC and all of MMA is right at the top of the list of most important things in the sport.
The UFC's Senior VP of Athlete Health And Performance, Jeff Novitzky took to Twitter to recognize Angela Hill, Chris Gruetzmacher, Clay Guida, Doo Ho Choi, Ed Herman, Megan Anderson, Mickey Gall, Nina Ansaroff and Shamil Abdurakhimov, who have all successfully passed 25 drug tests through USADA.
25x perfect test history recognition to:@AngieOverkill @sodapopfuzz @clayguida @KoreanSuperBoy7 @EdHermanufc @MeganA_mma @mickeygall @NinaAnsaroff @ShamilAbrek— Jeff Novitzky (@JeffNovitzkyUFC) March 2, 2021
Thanks to all for your leadership in maintaining a clean UFC!
Michael Chandler Stars In Hilarious "Groove Life" Commercial
UFC lightweight Michael Chandler made a worldwide name for himself when he knocked out Dan Hooker in the co-main event of UFC 257, which marked the former-Bellator champion's [Chandler] debut in the promotion.
The lightweight contender is apparently looking to build his name outside of the UFC's octagon as well.
Watch Chandler star in a hilarious commercial for "Groove Life".