It’s time! The championship belts are on the line at the UFC’s Fight Island with a blockbuster day of fight action.
Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will be out to once again defend his title when he takes on hulking Brazilian Paulo Costa.
Adesanya and Costa are expected to enter the Octagon at around 2:15pm.
Watch Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on Sunday. Order now on Main Event!
In the co-main event, the light heavyweight title is up for grabs after former champ Jon Jones relinquished his belt. Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will battle it out to become the division’s new king.
Stay up to date with all of the fight action throughout the day right here.
Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa (2) — middleweight title
Dominick Reyes (1) vs. Jan Blachowicz (3) — light heavyweight title
Kai Kara-France (7) vs. Brandon Royval — flyweight
Ketlen Vieira (7) vs. Sijara Eubanks (13) — women’s bantamweight
Hakeem Dawodu defeated Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision 29-28 x2, 28-29
SLOBBER KNOCKER KICKS OFF MAIN CARD
Now this is how you kick off a blockbuster main event! Hakeem Dawodu and Zubaira Tukhugov have put on a three-round show to delight fans.
In the end it was Dawodu who had his hand raised after both men delivered brutal shots throughout the entirety of the 15 minutes.
As the fight entered the final minute both men began screaming and swearing at one another in the hopes of a spectacular finish. The referee wasn’t on board and told both fighters “no cussing, keep it clean”.
DEBUTANT’S MURDEROUS KNOCKOUT WIN
Ludovit Klein was thrown onto the UFC 253 card on late notice but could be walking away with a fight bonus after producing a murderous knockout first round win against Shane Young that took only 76 seconds.
Klein set the finish up with a perfectly placed combination. Hitting Young in the head with an on point kick before landing a violent right 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 long time and on Sunday they’ll finally square up.
As the eyes of the fight world tune in to watch the two undefeated fighters face-off, Adesanya said his challenger won’t know what’s about to hit him and said fans are in for a show.
“It’s great for me because it’s the aesthetic of it, like I’m this skinny person, this little frail kid and he looks like the perfect antagonist,” Adesanya said.
“He’s big bulky, juiced to the f***ing hills and he’s a marauder. He’s a person that beats everyone on the fence.
“So when I come in there with some Bruce Lee sh*t and f*** him up, everyone’s going to be like ‘oh my god wow, he beat that big muscle boy’.
“The casuals are going to feed off it and I just love it because it means more eyes, more attention and like I said you can watch my fights. You don’t have to watch my fights, but you’re going to pay … I’m not talking money, you’re going to pay attention and attention turns to dollars.”
UFC 253 RESULTS
Brad Riddell defeated Alex Da Silva via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jake Matthews defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Ludovit Klein defeated Shane Young via knockout, 1:16 of round 1
William Knight defeated Aleksa Camur via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Juan Espino defeated Jeff Hughes via submission (arm triangle choke), 3:48 of round 1
Danilo Marques defeated Khadis Ibragimov via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)