The undefeated UFC middleweight title contender Paulo Costa believes is the toughest match for the champion.
Both men will meet at UFC 253 in the main event on Sept 26.
Costa doesn’t believe “The last Stylebender is prepared to handle the self-proclaimed “toughest guy on the planet.”
“I like to think of myself like a real tough guy, maybe the toughest guy on the planet,” Costa told Submission Radio.
“Because I train very hard, with two, three guys at the same session training, with very hard hits, very hard punches, very hard kicks for real. 100 percent, I mean.
Not just fake, just shadowboxing. No. So, this makes me very prepared to fight in real fights with real opponents like Romero.
I am not afraid to get hit, because I did this already in my fight camp for two or three months. So, I’m properly prepared to make it a real fight.”
Costa absorbed significant damage in his last night against Joel Romero. Absorbing 125 significant stikes in his unanimous decision victory over Romero.
There’s no denying he can take a punch. Costa believes that will be the difference in his against the champion next month.
“So, that’s the difference I think I have between me and Adesanya,” Costa continued. “He’s fragile. He knows that. He knows he’s fragile.
He knows he cannot get two or three very hard hits on his face, on his body. He will be broken. He knows that already because he knocked out two times, with big gloves in kickboxing to a guy named Alex Pereira with big gloves, 14 or 16 oz gloves.
Imagine what I can do with him, with his skinny, fragile body with 4oz on my hands.”