Israel Adesanya has been taking a lot of fights in the last couple of years. So much so, he finds himself as the one to be beaten in the middleweight division. He has fought against the best at this weight and has come up trumps every time – his unique striking style and long reach make him a formidable opponent.

All top UFC betting sites have him as the favourite to retain his title on September 26. However, Paulo Costa is a fearsome opponent and will bring everything he has to this fight. He’s been training to fight against Adesanya for some time and has studied his game from top to bottom.

The odds for UFC 253 are now available and will be subject to change. The odds were last updated on August 18, 2020:

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Israel Adesanya -170 +2000 (Draw) +145 Paulo Costa

The odds were taken from the very best online betting sites and give a fair idea of what to expect on the night. Be aware the odds are likely to change as the fight approaches, as well as the odds for the other main card fights, which are sure to be big names.

UFC 253 Picks & Predictions

Right now, bettors are only able to wager on one fight, that being the main event between Adesanya and Costa. However, there are a number of other fights that will come up as Dana White decides who else makes the card. We will update this page with odds, insights and picks as soon as they become available. We have all the fights listed so far, plus picks for the main fight below.

UFC 252: Full Card so far

  • Israel Adesanya (19-0-0) vs Paulo Costa (13-0-0)
  • Claudia Gadelha (18-0-4) vs Yan Xiaonan (12-1-1)
  • Hakeem Dawodu (11-1-1) vs Zubaira Tukhugov (19-1-4)
  • Kai Kara-France (21-1-8) vs Brandon Rovyal (11-0-4)

Adesanya (19-0-0) to pick Costa apart with strikes and get the KO/TKO

Adesanya has never been so confident. He hasn’t lost a fight since deciding to join the MMA scene, having previously dominated kick-boxing at middleweight. He has faced a variety of tests, from top-tier fighters and veteran fighters.

We expect the Yoel Romero fight to be the first real challenge for the Nigerian. However, the event was largely unimpressive, with Romero adopting a technique of standing still and not attacking the front foot. Don’t expect Paulo Costa to do the same thing.

While both fighters have a burning disgust for one another, they do have a mutual connection in that they both beat Yoel Romero in their last fight. Both fighters are also unbeaten in the UFC, but it’s Adesanya who is the favourite in the UFC Vegas odds.

But it will not be plain sailing for the Nigerian, as Costa brings a very physical hyper-aggressive game. The problem is that there is no better strike in MMA than Adesanya. If Costa doesn’t land a strike, then he will take a beating as Adesanya picks him apart.

Take Israel Adesanya to win, giving a beating to Costa with a range of strikes (-170).