Adesanya vs Costa live stream: How to watch UFC 253 online and on TV

The UFC 253 will see UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya defend his title against Brazilian MMA fighter Paulo Costa. The event takes place at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Ahead of the fight, Costa sent a message to Adesanya.

Both men defeated Yoel Romero in their previous fights.

The Brazilian said: “I have just one question, Adesanya, why you freezing when you face Romero?

“You’re not a real champion, man. You don’t deserve. I will kill you.”

Adesanya replied: “He’s dumb. He’s dumb and he walks forward and he throws shots. That’s what makes it really exciting, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.

“That’s what makes it really exciting, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.

“I’m looking forward to this big, inflated ignoramus, running up on me, trying to throw shots as I keep moving and sticking him.

“The only people he ever beat that are worthy of anything as two guys that are ranked, that was Uriah Hall and Romero. Who else has he beat that’s ranked?

“Who else has he beat? I can list you four guys that I have, so you have to understand there’s levels to this.”

How to watch UFC 253

In the UK, the preliminary card will begin at 1am BST before the main card kicks off at 3am.

UFC 253 will finish off with the fight between Adesanya and Costa at approximately 6am.

There are multiple ways to watch the UFC 253 fights – which will all be behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The championship will not be a pay-pre-view event but be available on BT Sport 1.

You can also live stream the event on BT Sport’s website and app while early prelims will be covered on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers.

There are also some fans who will be able to watch the clashes at Fight Island for free.

EE mobile customers can get a free three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.

In the US, all prelim fights will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.

Who will win?

Odds from Betfair

  • Adesanya – 8/13 (61 percent)
  • Costa – 13/8 (39 percent)

Betfair spokesperson Darren Hughes said: “The UFC travels to the Middle East this weekend, as UFC 253 takes place live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, with two world titles up for grabs on the night.”

He added: “The main event on the night is for the Middleweight Championship, as current champion Israel Adesanya squares off against Paolo Costa, in their rescheduled bout from UFC 248.

“Betfair Exchange puts Adesanya as the 61 percent favourite to successfully defend his title, with Costa, on the comeback trail from injury, given a 39 percent chance of walking away as the new champion.”

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