Izzy v Costa - It's ON! ...maybe.

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Jul 24, 2020, 13:15

DA 


As we discussed previously.

My money is so on Costa.

When Izzy fought Romero, he was all but neutralised but blamed Romero for not engaging. A pretty boring fight, truth be told. 

Costa offers a similar challenge but is gonna land bombs that Romero didn't. I don't think he'll struggle to close the distance and if he does get inside, I can't see Izzy's frame holding up.

You rate Adesanya will be able to maintain distance?


Jul 27, 2020, 10:34

Yes Plum, booked for 19th Sep

I believe that Costa is the only genuine fighter out there that can take out Adesanya…. and maybe even make it look easy as well

Others also have a chance, but Costa would be my outright favourite…. he is a beast....

Izzy is technically a brilliant fighter, but I just cannot see him keeping away from Costa's bombs.... not for a full possible 25 minutes, and Costa is lighting quick.....

Romero vs Izzy was supposed to be a similar kind of fight, but Romero looked so different than usual.... not sure what the hell happened.....and Romero can definitely fight, he just didn't bring it at all that day..... it was one of the most boring championship fights that have seen in a very long time 

I really …..really rate Adesanya……. but I reckon Costa wins inside 2

"Do you rate O'Malley"

I do, very much so... along with his rad hair, lol ….. I watched his last fight.... we a have superstar in the making.... don't want to jinx it

This Khamzat Chimaev guy looked very impressive in his last 2 fights that he just had within a few weeks of each other..... he looks a lot like Khabib and he has utterly destroyed his last 2 opponents in his first 2 UFC fights.... so much so, that of the 2 fights, only one opponent landed 2 strikes out of both fights, to his 80 plus strikes in both fights

He has yet to face a top 10 opponent, so time will tell.... but he looks the real deal

Jul 28, 2020, 16:53

We've got a pretty good record of calling fights so far DA...haha. 

I'm super stoked for Costa and $ugar $ean to be the future of the sport. Bothe next level beasts in their own right. 

I've become a regular on O'Malleys's podcast. Fucking funny hearing how he struggles to pick up chicks. He rates that his coach has resorted to introducing him to girls as "my friend the UFC star" and he still struggles to get laid. Really down to earth chaps but with plenty of heart.

One gets the feeling that Costa has zero issues in that department. 

Will try to see more of Chimaev. He probably has some fights in smaller competitions that i can watch.

I also rate Izzy. For me, Izzy should try to get in Costa's head. Do all the trash talk, perhaps get personal, then hope that Costa barges forward recklessly into counter punches. If Costa takes a slightly more cautious approach at first and can close the distance safely, Izzy will be in deep trouble. 

There just seems to be so many ways that Costa can win and only one way that Izzy can.

One expects there will be much trash talking going on over the next 50+ days haha 

Gotta love MMA.



Jul 28, 2020, 17:19

"One gets the feeling that Costa has zero issues in that department"

LMFAO.. you think

Too funny

I will be very impressed if Izzy sees off Costa.....

Jul 29, 2020, 14:26

"I will be very impressed if Izzy sees off Costa"

Same here. 

I think is that often times, excess fast twitch fibres and rapid response times are mistaken for high fight IQ.

Like if Andresen Silva had the same amount of fast twitch as what Griffin did, would he have been as good?

For me, you won't beat Silva or Adesanya with speed and reactions. You best them by being smarter and stronger.

Dunno if that makes any sense.


Sep 05, 2020, 08:29

2 Weeks to go...is the fight still on?

Sep 05, 2020, 08:43

Hey Draad,

It's should be. 

I've seen nothing in my feed about it being cancelled.

Gonna be WW3.

Those guys really don't like each other. 

Sep 07, 2020, 08:06

Definitely still on..... I saw the promo trailer on Saturday...…

These guys genuinely hate each other...… it's going to be a war... someone's "0" has to go

Adesanya told Costa in a live joint interview that he is "too stupid to win"

Lol, nothing like adding a little more fire to the equation

Sep 07, 2020, 10:27

I see Izzy has been using Ricky Martin as a new name for Costa.

Quite funny but also a potential banana peel.

Nobody wants to be KO'd by a gay Latino pop star from the late nineties haha.


 

Sep 07, 2020, 17:09

"I see Izzy has been using Ricky Martin as a new name for Costa"

Yeah, it was hilarious when he said that

"Nobody wants to be KO'd by a gay Latino pop star from the late nineties haha"

LMFAO


Sep 07, 2020, 17:12

Huge and massive respect if Izzy gets through this test....

He already has my respect as a contact fighter, but moer..….. Izzy is supremely confident before this fight, and so he should be...... but this Costa is one seriously tough hardass motherfucker

Sep 07, 2020, 20:57

I can't decide what I think is gonna happen. 

Somehow, in the back of my mind I'm reminded of Silva vs Sonnen and that triangle choke. 


Sep 14, 2020, 09:03

We are officially in the same week as the fight.

Here's a bit of a joke video that Costa's camp released.





Sep 17, 2020, 09:15

Time for predictions, DA...

I'm going;

Costa by TKO within 60 seconds.

Brave, I know :D

Sep 17, 2020, 12:45

Sheeesh Plum

Not a bad call at all

I am going with

Costa by TKO - Round 2

Sep 17, 2020, 15:38

Looks like we both think Costa is a bridge too far for Izzy.

I wouldn't mind being wrong though.

...provided it's a good fight.

Sep 18, 2020, 08:06

"I wouldn't mind being wrong though"

I am with you here ……

Just FYI, you know this fight is next week.... this weekend there are also some epic fights.... Covington vs Woodley being the headliner...

Adesanya vs Costa is next weekend

Sep 18, 2020, 09:21

"Just FYI, you know this fight is next week"

Noooooo!!!

I was thinking it was this weekend.

Thanks for the heads up but damn that's a downer of note.

I'll be looking for Covington with his Maga hat. 

Sep 21, 2020, 09:24

Saw the fights, DA.

Chimaev's 17 sec KO was pretty funny.

I see he's a Swede of the eastern European variety, similar to Ibrahimovic. That guy he fought had a lot of losses to his name. 

Did you see the interview where Trump phoned Covington? 

Smart moves the UFC is making while the NBA, MLB, NFL and even Nascar can't get woke enough.

My feeling is Colby will fight again very soon. He's calling Masvidal "Street Judas".

Wonder if they'll squeeze the fight in pre-election? Possibly the same week ;)  

Sep 22, 2020, 08:24

Yeah Plum, I saw all of it

Not the best of fights from Woodley.... I assume he may retire now

Chimaev is calling out all the welterweights, and even the middleweights …he certainly is trying to make enemies and a name for himself at the same time.... he says he just wants to "smash" them all

Very arrogant guy who has not really been tested, so I would like to see him in a real fight

Almost time for Costa and Adesanya….. this should be epic

Sep 22, 2020, 08:25

"Wonder if they'll squeeze the fight in pre-election? Possibly the same week" ;) 

This would not surprise me in the slightest, lol 

Sep 25, 2020, 14:25

Plum

Iiiiittttttt'ssssssssssss TIIIIIMMMEEE !!!!!!

Enjoy

Sep 25, 2020, 14:56

So amped!!!


Izzy has been acting a real dick this week.

I hope he doesn't get embarrassed.

Costa looks cool and completely unconvinced by his antics.

I predicted an early KO/TKO but damn a five-round war would be amazing!

Sep 25, 2020, 15:20

"Izzy has been acting a real dick this week"

A complete and utter dick.... I saw

Izzy is trying a bit too hard to not show that he is really worried about this fight... in my opinion

Costa looks utterly at ease.....

Fuck man..... if Izzy pulls this off, he is the shit..... but I still have Costa winning within 2 rounds

Sep 26, 2020, 09:13

4h00 tomorrow morning?

Sep 26, 2020, 12:16

Set your alarm Draad :ninja:

Sep 27, 2020, 06:36

Now it's on.

Costa looking jacked and Izzy like he came to do the business.

Let's see if the bull runs over the matador...


Sep 27, 2020, 06:42

Nothing but a few leg kicks in R1.

Yawn

Sep 27, 2020, 06:48

Izzy finishes Costa in R2 after a glancing blow on the side of the head.

What a shit fight.

Sep 28, 2020, 11:14

"What a shit fight"

What a epic failure.....

I just cannot see Khabib vs Gaetjie being the same boring show.....

What a very poor showing from Costa..... even worse than Romero..... what dumb approach to such a high stakes fight.... deer in headlights material

I was seriously pissed off that it was such a poor fight

Sep 28, 2020, 13:30

Ja man. You and me both.

Everyone knew he was gonna take the Romero approach but I was hoping that right at the start of round 1 he would charge out and run Izzy down.

A bit like Masvidal on Askren. A flying knee. Something to get momentum and put doubt in Izzy's mind.

If you're running him down he can't counter strike while having to back up a huge distance.

Which is what Izzy does. He'll literally turn his back and run away from you.

And he didn't have to stick with only doing that. He could have switched it up. 

Instead Costa had just one strategy. Sitting at Izzy's preferred range throughout the piece. 

How stupid.

I'm sure he regrets it now.



Sep 28, 2020, 16:15

When he winds that tape back, Costa should rightly be livid with himself

Who in their right collective mind is going to stand at distance to a 6.4 experienced kickboxer like Izzy..... even inviting him to kick the leg at times, standing within reach...…..it was monumentally stupid from a relatively experienced Costa.

Izzy always has and always will pick his opponents apart from a distance, and Costa's only chance was to rush Izzy, which I genuinely believed he would do...… get on the inside quickly and work him over....

Oh well.... just shows you

Gaetjie ain't going to be running away from Khabib, that I guarantee you...… I hope :)

Sep 29, 2020, 10:55

If he chose to stand at that range then at least he should feint in all four directions. No just sit at the perfect distance.

Hoping to counter Adesanya, which was never gonna work anyway, being mobile himself should have been a part of his strategy.

Those leg kicks don't hurt until they do. And then they really do.

A missed opportunity for Costa.

Jones, Chimaev, Izzy...

Sep 30, 2020, 10:50

Looks like Adesanya is getting accused of steroid use.

Interesting.


Oct 01, 2020, 08:46

Yeah, I saw that

Apparently he has been tested 36 times already with no issue ever coming up at all

Let's see where this goes....

Smoke...… Fire...… I genuinely doubt it

Oct 01, 2020, 08:46

Yeah, I saw that

Apparently he has been tested 36 times already with no issue ever coming up at all

Let's see where this goes....

Smoke...… Fire...… I genuinely doubt it

Oct 01, 2020, 09:24

I always tend to go with the most obvious answer until proven otherwise.

MMA is still rife with roid use. Fighters and trainers have cycles down to a fine art now. 

To me, if an athlete in a sport rife with roid use shows signs of roid use then I'm forced to believe it's roids until information to the contrary surfaces.

 
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