It’s time! The championship belts are on the road on the UFC’s Battle Island with a blockbuster day of struggle motion.

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya shall be out to as soon as once more defend his title when he takes on hulking Brazilian Paulo Costa.

Adesanya and Costa are anticipated to enter the Octagon at round 2:15pm.

Watch Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on Sunday. Order now on Fundamental Occasion!

Within the co-main occasion, the sunshine heavyweight title is up for grabs after former champ Jon Jones relinquished his belt. Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will battle it out to change into the division’s new king.

Keep updated with all the struggle motion all through the day proper right here.

Fundamental Card

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa (2) — middleweight title

Dominick Reyes (1) vs. Jan Blachowicz (3) — gentle heavyweight title

Kai Kara-France (7) vs. Brandon Royval — flyweight

Ketlen Vieira (7) vs. Sijara Eubanks (13) — ladies’s bantamweight

Hakeem Dawodu defeated Zubaira Tukhugov by way of cut up resolution 29-28 x2, 28-29

SLOBBER KNOCKER KICKS OFF MAIN CARD

Now that is the way you kick off a blockbuster fundamental occasion! Hakeem Dawodu and Zubaira Tukhugov have placed on a three-round present to please followers.

Ultimately it was Dawodu who had his hand raised after each males delivered brutal pictures all through the whole thing of the 15 minutes.

Because the struggle entered the ultimate minute each males started screaming and swearing at each other within the hopes of a spectacular end. The referee wasn’t on board and informed each fighters “no cussing, preserve it clear”.

DEBUTANT’S MURDEROUS KNOCKOUT WIN

Ludovit Klein was thrown onto the UFC 253 card on late discover however might be strolling away with a struggle bonus after producing a murderous knockout first spherical win in opposition to Shane Younger that took solely 76 seconds.

Klein set the end up with a wonderfully positioned mixture. Hitting Younger within the head with an on level kick earlier than touchdown a violent proper hand uppercut that turned his opponents lights out.

ADESANYA’S WARNING TO ‘JUICED’ CHALLENGER

Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa have been on a collision course for a very long time and on Sunday they’ll lastly sq. up.

Because the eyes of the struggle world tune in to observe the 2 undefeated fighters face-off, Adesanya mentioned his challenger received’t know what’s about to hit him and mentioned followers are in for a present.

“It’s nice for me as a result of it’s the aesthetic of it, like I’m this skinny individual, this little frail child and he appears to be like like the proper antagonist,” Adesanya mentioned.

“He’s huge cumbersome, juiced to the f***ing hills and he’s a marauder. He’s an individual that beats everybody on the fence.

“So once I are available in there with some Bruce Lee sh*t and f*** him up, everybody’s going to be like ‘oh my god wow, he beat that huge muscle boy’.

“The casuals are going to feed off it and I simply adore it as a result of it means extra eyes, extra consideration and like I mentioned you may watch my fights. You don’t have to observe my fights, however you’re going to pay … I’m not speaking cash, you’re going to concentrate and a spotlight turns to {dollars}.”

UFC 253 RESULTS

Prelims

Brad Riddell defeated Alex Da Silva by way of unanimous resolution (29-28 x3)

Jake Matthews defeated Diego Sanchez by way of unanimous resolution (30-26 x3)

Ludovit Klein defeated Shane Younger by way of knockout, 1:16 of spherical 1

William Knight defeated Aleksa Camur by way of unanimous resolution (30-27 x2, 29-28)

Early Prelims

Juan Espino defeated Jeff Hughes by way of submission (arm triangle choke), 3:48 of spherical 1

Danilo Marques defeated Khadis Ibragimov by way of unanimous resolution (29-28 x2, 30-27)

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