Paulo Costa mocks 'fake' champ Israel Adesanya: The division has 'been better than this (expletive)'

A lot of people were impressed by the UFC 236 display that earned Israel Adesanya the promotion’s interim middleweight title.

Apparently, Paulo Costa was not one of those people.

Hours after Adesanya (16-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) took a unanimous decision over Gastelum (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in the instant classic that co-headlined Saturday’s pay-per-view main card, Costa (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) took to <a href="
“Really this is the interim (fake) champ? Hahah. No doubt this weight division has already been better than this (expletive). Enjoy this while you can man, I really hope that you take the real belt one day to meet me. Note: And I’m not the Gastelum.”

UFC 236 took place on Saturday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

Other than the interim belt, Adesanya earned an extra $50,000 for his “Fight of the Night” efforts. The headliners, 145-pound champ Max Holloway and now interim 155-pound champ Dustin Poirier, earned the same honors for their own thrilling five-round affair.

Adesanya is now expected to meet undisputed middleweight champ Robert Whittaker, in a title unifier that UFC President Dana White wants to take to a stadium in Australia.

Costa is currently unbooked, after a planned UFC on ESPN 3 meeting with former title challenger Yoel Romero fell through. After weeks of silence around the reasons why Costa couldn’t make the bout, the middleweight recently said he faced issues with the New York Athletic State Commission due to a medication for his stomach.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza ended up stepping in to rematch Romero, but then illness knocked Romero out of the card. Souza is now set to meet Jack Hermansson. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, things are falling in place for a new try at Romero vs. Costa, possibly in June.

Both Adesanya and Costa remain undefeated in their pro MMA careers. Adesanya beat five UFC opponents, including middleweight legend Anderson Silva, before getting a chance at the interim title. Costa, in turn, has finished all of his four UFC bouts via knockout.

For complete coverage of UFC 236, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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