Israel Adesanya doesn’t believe Khabib-Ferguson curse will hit Paulo Costa fight


Israel Adesanya seems ready to defend his title against Paulo Costa

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya was the latest guest on Ariel Helwani’s show.

The Stylebender is in New Zealand right now and was speaking about the possible fight against Paulo Costa.

Israel Adesanya Yoel Romero
Middleweight title winner Israel Adesanya of New Zealand celebrates after defeating Robert Whittaker (Photo by ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/AFP via Getty Images)

Izzy defended his title against Yoel Romero and Costa is the next in line. However, the fight is yet to be finalised, despite both stars willing to go. The coronavirus pandemic has affected many fight cards and Helwani pressed if the Khabib-Ferguson curse would hit this one too:

“Nah, nah, don’t curse it.

“That’s not the case, it’s going to happen. The MMA Gods want this to happen. Trust me, this is like some Bruce Lee stuff.”

Helwani pressed on how this was going to be a Bruce Lee kind of fight, and Adesanya claimed Costa was the perfect antagonist.

The New Zealand-Nigerian star also said he was a skinny black kid coming to fight Costa and was confident of getting the win over the Brazilian.

Costa and Adesanya are both unbeaten in their MMA careers, and hopefully, they don’t get hit by the Khabib-Ferguson curse.

The biggest UFC curse?

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson have been scheduled to fight five times in the past.

However, something or the other crops up and stops the clash from taking place. Both stars picked up injuries just prior to the clash and it was the Gods acting up again.

Khabib was to defend his title against Ferguson at UFC 249, however, the Russian was stuck in his homeland due to the coronavirus.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is set for UFC 249
Khabib Nurmagomedov (L) faces off against Tony Ferguson (R) during a press conference (Digital Trends)

An interim Lightweight championship match was setup with Ferguson facing Justin Gaethje. While Ferguson was the slight favourite, it was Gaethje that destroyed El Cucuy and won the belt.

Gaethje will now face Khabib for the undisputed title while the UFC fans might never get to see Khabib vs Ferguson.

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