Paulo Costa’s loss to Adesanya took its toll, says Rogan



Joe Rogan at the UFC 269 weigh-in ceremony.

UFC color commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan thinks a fighter’s loss affected the fighter “mentally.”

In September 2020, top-ranked middleweight Paulo Costa suffered the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts career, falling to 185-pound king Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 due to the clash. of style and heated rivalry, UFC President Dana White has declared Adesanya vs. Costa to be the fight he’s been looking forward to the most in 2020.

Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa

GettyIsrael Adesanya kicks Paulo Costa during their middleweight championship fight at UFC 253 inside The Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates .

Well, it was a tough night for ‘Borrachinha’, who wasn’t able to mount much attack on the feet. “The Last Stylebender” needed just two rounds to defeat Costa, dominating and ending him via TKO. After the referee intervened, Adesanya made a pushing motion behind the Brazilian, creating a meme that was widely shared in the MMA community. Relive the finish below via the Twitter integration:

Costa shared a few different reasons why he didn’t live up to the hype on fight night, including claiming he drank an entire bottle of wine the night before UFC 253. beaten once since then, taking on Marvin Vettori at the light. heavy weights.

The match was originally slated for 185lbs, but Costa bumped the fight up to 205lbs days before the fight, drawing criticism from many fans and analysts. Although the Brazilian put in a strong showing, he lost to Vettori via unanimous decision in October 2021.

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Rogan told Adesanya ‘Limit him like a Christmas tree’, mentally hurts Costa

During episode #118 of the “JRE MMA Show,” Rogan spoke with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena and during their conversation, Costa chimed in. Rogan highlighted Costa’s impressive rise in the UFC, going 13-0 before meeting Adesanya inside the Octagon and beating Yoel Romero and the former welterweight champion. UFC Johny Hendricks.

However, Rogan believes the loss to Adesanya ‘had a real impact’ on Costa mentally.

“I think the Adesanya fight affected him a lot mentally,” Rogan told “There were so many excuses. And that’s how Israel beat him. I mean, Izzy just lit him up like a Christmas tree. And it wasn’t a competitive fight by no means. any stretch of the imagination. And I think when you’re a guy who rolls everybody over, and steps on Yoel Romero, and you look like a destroyer – And then that skinny dude lights you up, and fucks you, then you dry fucking from behind while pounding.

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Rogan gave his opinion on Vettori vs Costa

Marvin Vettori

GettyMarvin Vettori celebrates after his submission victory over Karl Roberson in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vettori’s performance against Costa was impressive to say the least, meeting the much heavier man in the center of the Octagon and getting ahead of him. While speaking with Pena, Rogan gave his thoughts on the game.

“I just didn’t think [Marvin] Vettori was going to get up and kick with him, which was surprising to see. I said he would try to wrestle, I felt he would have been more successful [wrestling]”, Rogan said. “Costa came in heavy, but he didn’t struggle… What surprised me the most about Costa? I mean, he did well. foot in the legs, I would like him to do it more.

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