Former Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has praised Israel Adesanya for his victory against Paulo Costa at the UFC 253.
The is the 20th career MMA victory for the Nigerian-New Zealand UFC middleweight champion. When Adesanya vs Costa kicked off, there was less action in the first round as both MMA fighters traded few kicks and punches with the Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, Costa pressing Adesanya but throwing few shots.
Adesanya also known as Izzy or Stlebender, came out with more purpose in the second round, outboxing his opponent and landing deadly shots. Before the match against Costa, Adesanya defeated Yoel Romero by decision at the UFC 248 pay-per-view event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In October 2019, Adesanya became the new UFC middleweight champion when he finished Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 by TKO. Before that, Adesanya picked up a decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in the co-headliner of the UFC 236 pay-per-view event.
Adesanya fought six times in less than a year-and-a-half total in the UFC and won all six bouts before heading into the fight against Costa on Saturday night.
Reacting to Adesanya’s victory in a tweet on the micro-blogging site on Sunday, Atiku tweeted: “Israel Adesanya, @stylebender just handed Nigeria its best 60th independence anniversary gift. Congratulations, champion #UFC253.”
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) September 27, 2020