Israel Adesanya aims obscene gesture at Paulo Costa seconds after TKO win over Whittaker

Israel Adesanya flipped Paulo Costa the bird seconds after his championship-clinching victory over Robert Whittaker.

Adesanya claimed the undisputed middleweight title with an emphatic victory over Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia.

In front of a sold-out crowd at the Marvel Stadium, Adesanya ended Whittaker’s reign with a scintillating second-round knockout victory

Next in line for the New Zealander is a Brazil’s Costa, who he’s been engaged in a war of words with.

And moments after becoming Africa’s second undisputed UFC champion, Adesanya scaled the Octagon and stuck up his middle fingers at the Brazilian.

Costa remained calm and didn’t return fire with any obscene gestures of his own. But deep down he’ll be fuming with his future opponent’s latest taunt.

Adesanya was over the moon with his performance and couldn’t contain his delight in his post-fight interview.

“I was in the nosebleeds, now I made his nose bleed,” he said. “He threw everything we expected. We had everything from his plan A to C and we had it up to Z. I can take it and I can give it back. I don’t like getting hit, it’s stupid getting hit, but I’m tough. Me and my team are real smart. Marvel comics we’ve got to do something after this.”

UFC 243 Results

Main Card

Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya – Adesanya def. Whittaker via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:33

Dan Hooker vs Al Iaquinta – Hooker def. Iaquinta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Tai Tuivasa vs Sergey Spivac – Spivac def. Tuivasa via submission (arm-triangle) Round 2, 3:14

Luke Jumeau vs Dhiego Lima – Lima def. Jumeau via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Justin Tafa vs Yorgan De Castro – De Castro def. Tafa via KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:10


Jake Matthews vs Rostem Akman – Matthews def. Akman via unanimous decision – (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Callan Potter vs Maki Pitolo – Potter def. Pitolo via unanimous decision – (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Megan Anderson vs Zarah Fairn dos Santos – Anderson def. Fairn dos Santos via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:57

Jamie Mullarkey vs Brad Riddell – Riddell def. Mullarkey via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Nadia Kassem vs Ji Yeon Kim – Kim def. Kassem via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:59

Khalid Taha vs Bruno Silva – Taha def. Silva via submission (arm-triangle) – Round 3, 3:00

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