Paulo Costa is already calling for a rematch against Israel Adesanya after falling to the reigning middleweight champion last weekend at UFC 254.
The source of his anger stems from Adesanya’s chosen post-battle celebration after he finished Costa with blows in the second round.
As soon as he released Costa with a short inner hook, Adesanya followed him to the ground with a few more shots before the judge stopped the competition. Before facing it, Adesanya pretended to be riding Costa when he began his celebration while the Brazilian was still dizzy on the road.
“I came here to talk about the actions that human garbage has done since our battle,”
“I want my rematch. You know I’m waiting for you. Something happened before the battle, I’m not [making] apologies here to my people, to my fans, but I will be 100 percent fighting with him and making him pay. That’s my word. Save my words. “
In a separate video posted in Portuguese, Costa doubled his criticism of Adesanya’s post-battle celebration, which also included a heated exchange with his head coach Eric Albaracin as he stood in front of the cage.
“You know me and you already know, I will not come here with excuses, but I will be 100 percent in my next battle and I want to be 100 percent,” Costa said. Paulo Borrachinha, you all know how to fight, the way to fight, to move forward at any time, trying to end the battle at any moment. I just saw his unacceptable and disrespectful attitude and next time he will have to pay for it in the octagon. He will have to pay every penny in the next battle.
“Dana White, make this battle happen. So far I have not seen what he did in the octagon. It is now a matter of honor. Paulo Boracinya, as aggressive as ever. Dana White, make this happen. This time I will be 100 percent, without excuses, tearing off the head of this disrespectful clown. “
As much as Costa wants a rematch, it seems unlikely he will be given that opportunity before taking at least a few wins to climb back into the title race.
For his part, Adesanya wasted no time in replying when he went to Costa’s Instagram page, where he posted several messages aimed at the last opponent added to his victory column.
“I can stop you again,” Adesanya told Costa. “Dislike.”