UFC Interim Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is expected to fight UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya in a title unification bout later this year.
One fighter that Adesanya wants to get after is Paulo Costa and Adesanya wants to get him before USADA does.
“Fake champ? Does he have belt?. He wishes he was a fake champion as well” Adesanya said on The MMA Hour. “Didn’t he get popped for something recently? Like Açaí in the stomach or something? I just want to get him before USADA gets him and eventually, if he climbs up the ranks like he thinks he will, then eventually we’ll see each other. Gastelum is a tough guy and he got touched up by Uriah. Did you see his face after the Uriah fight? He got touched up.”
Costa recently called Adesanya a fake champion on Instagram a short time after Adesanya won the gold at UFC 236.
Adesanya knows that he is doing something right because other people are starting to shower hate upon the interim champion.
“If you ain’t got haters then you ain’t doing it right,” Adesanya said. “Before me, there was Jesus. I’m not saying I’m even close, I’m just saying no matter who you are you’re going to have haters. I just welcome it now.”
There is no word yet on when the title unification bout will happen, but a #7 ranked Costa could put himself in position to challenge the winner down the line.