Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Costa in the UFC 253 headliner in Abu Dhabi and the two squared off after Friday’s weigh-ins, which can be watched above.
Seemingly mocking Adesanya’s grappling skills, Costa pulled out a white belt and tossed it at Adesanya, prompting Adesanya to toss it right back. That gesture kicked off a brief scuffle that was quickly broken up before the fighters could reach each other.
At a press conference Thursday, Costa scoffed when Adesanya suggested he could submit Costa, a jiu-jitsu black belt.
“I’ll berimbolo you if I wanted to,” Adesanya said. “I’ll grab your f*cking collar right now and put you in a bow-and-arrow.”
“You never put a gi on your skinny body,” Costa replied. “Talk about jiu-jitsu with me. You’re crazy.”
Adesanya and Costa are both more well-known for their elite striking skills, but they’ll have 25 minutes on Saturday to show everything they have to offer and settle their grudge.