Israel Adesanya Targeting Winner of Hall vs. Costa

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UFC middleweight contender Israel Adesanya is coming off an impressive and dominant win over the 8th ranked Brad Tavares in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Season 27 Finale, and he has his sights set on his next opponent.

Adesanya says that he will be in the house for UFC 226 and he will keep a close on Uriah Hall vs. Paulo Costa, as he wants to challenge the winner of that fight, according to MMA Junkie.

“I’m going to be cageside (Saturday night),” Adesanya said. “I’m going to watch the premier middleweight bout, and I want to fight the winner of that. But I see those guys. They’re going to beat themselves up.

“They’re probably going to need longer to recover than I will. I’m fresh. It’s the pretty ones you’ve got to watch out for.”

Adesanya is hopeful that Hall can come out on top, as the two have some personal issues that would make a fight between the two that much more interesting.

“I saw something the other day where he said he didn’t know who I am,” Adesanya said. “Boy, you know who the (expletive) I am now. Understand?

“These guys are trying to pretend they don’t know me, and they’re creeping up on my Instagram and (expletive). I don’t really care. Hey, win your fight tomorrow, and I’m going to see you later on.”