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UFC 253: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa

Scenes from UFC 253 on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Israel Adesanya defeated Paulo Costa via second-round TKO to retain his middleweight title in the main event, while former Stony Brook football player Dominick Reyes lost via TKO in the second round to Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event for the vacant light heavyweight title.

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria kicks Paulo Costa of
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Israel Adesanya of Nigeria kicks Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Paulo Costa of Brazil punches Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Dominick Reyes punches Jan Blachowicz of Poland in their light heavyweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Jan Blachowicz of Poland punches Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Brandon Royval kicks Kai Kara France of New Zealand in their flyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Kai Kara France of New Zealand punches Brandon Royval in their flyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Sijara Eubanks punches Ketlen Vieira of Brazil in their women's bantamweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Ketlen Vieira of Brazil punches Sijara Eubanks in their women's bantamweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Zubaira Tukhugov of Russia punches Hakeem Dawodu of Canada in their featherweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Hakeem Dawodu of Canada punches Zubaira Tukhugov of Russia in their featherweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, Brad Riddell of New Zealand reacts after defeating Alex da Silva of Brazil in their lightweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Alex da Silva of Brazil punches Brad Riddell of New Zealand in their lightweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Jake Matthews of Australia punches Diego Sanchez in their welterweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Diego Sanchez punches Jake Matthews of Australia in their welterweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, Ludovit Klein of Slovakia celebrates after defeating Shane Young of New Zealand in their featherweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Ludovit Klein of Slovakia kicks Shane Young of New Zealand in their featherweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, William Knight celebrates after defeating Aleksa Camur in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Aleksa Camur punches William Knight in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Khadis Ibragimov of Russia punches Danilo Marques of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Jeff Hughes gets taken down by Juan Espino of Spain in their heavyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Juan Espino of Spain submits Jeff Hughes in their heavyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Danilo Marques of Brazil reacts after defeating Khadis Ibragimov of Russia in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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