UFC 253 Live Stream – FREE Reddit. UFC 253 Live Stream – FREE Reddit. Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title for the second time when he fights Brazilian number one contender Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on 26 September (Sunday, 27 September in Australia and New Zealand)..
It will be the Last Stylebender’s second title defense on the year after he beat Yoel Romero at UFC 248 in March.
The card is stacked with local Kiwi and Aussie talent and a light heavyweight title fight as well.
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 253.
WHEN IS UFC 253: ADESANYA VS COSTA?
UFC 253 will be held on Saturday, September 26 US time. As always, that works out to Sunday, September 27 in Australia and New Zealand.
WHERE IS UFC 253?
Not sure yet. Although the fight has been made official, the venue is still TBD.
There are strong rumors it will be held of Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, but the UFC’s Apex Institute in Las Vegas is also in contention.
UFC 253 CARD
The UFC 253 preliminary card is coming together nicely and features a host talent from Down Under.
Here are the fights that we know of so far.
Middleweight Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Paulo Costa [a]
Light heavyweight Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz
Women’s Strawweight Cláudia Gadelha vs. Yan Xiaonan
Featherweight Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Flyweight Kai Kara-France vs Brandon Royval
Lightweight Brad Riddell vs Alex Da Silva
Lightweight Shane Young vs. Nate Landwehr
Welterweight Jake Matthews vs. Diego Sanchez
Adesanya is currently paying $1.56 to Costa’s 2.39.
ISRAEL ADESANYA RECORD
Israel Adesanya has a perfect 19-0 record in MMA, including 14 knockouts and eight wins in the UFC.
PAULO COSTA RECORD
Cost is also undefeated, holding a 13-0 record with 11 stoppages.
UFC 253: A NEW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED
For the first time since May 2010, the UFC’s light heavyweight champion will be someone other than Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier.
After Jones vacated the belt this month – presumably to make a move up to heavyweight – Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will fight for the vacant 205-pound title.
The last time someone not named Jones or Cormier held the light heavyweight title was when Shogun Rua was the champion over a decade ago.
JAKE MATTHEWS ON UFC 253
Australian Jake Matthews gets his second fight of the year, taking on UFC veteran Diego Sanchez.
Read more about the match-up here.
CLAUDIA GADELHA WITHDRAWS FROM UFC 253 FIGHT AGAIN YAN XIAONAN
The Brazilian has been forced to withdraw from the PPV event with a knee injury. Gadelha won her last two in the UFC, with two decison victories over Angela Hill and RFanda Markos.
This isn’t the first time the former UFC strawweight title challenger has had knee issues, having right knee operated on in June 2018.
For Xiaonan, the immediate future is unknown. She hasn’t lost in a decade and has got the judges’ nod every time in the last five fights in the UFC.
UFC 252: MIOCIC BEATS CORMIER
Stipe Miocic earned a thrilling unanimous decision victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252, wrapping up their epic heavyweight trilogy.
Catch up on how it all went down here.
UFC 251: USMAN BEATS MASVIDAL, VOLKANOVSKI BEATS HOLLOWAY, YAN BEATS ALDO
At UFC 252 on Fight Island, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defended his title against late-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal.
Masvidal stepped in on one week’s notice when Gilbert Burns tested positive for COVID-19.
In the co-main event, Australia’s Alex Volkanovski out-pointed former featherweight king Max Holloway, retaining his 145-pound title.
In the third title fight of the night, Petr Yan stopped Jose Aldo for the bantamweight strap.