Midnight Mania! Paulo Costa Just Dropped The Weirdest Promo Of All Time

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Midnight Mania! Paulo Costa Just Dropped The Weirdest Promo Of All Time

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Paulo Costa of Brazil | Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

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I really don’t know what to say about this one.

Paulo Costa and Israel Adesanya are set to collide for the Middleweight title at UFC 253 on Sept. 19. There’s been bad blood for months, however, as the two have sniped at one another fairly often with insults. Both Adesanya and Costa have never been afraid to get weird with their trash talk — is “dinosaur arms” really even an insult? — but Costa’s latest video promo takes the cake as the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.

In the video below, various eras of Paulo Costa — the frosted tips phase were my favorite — leer at Israel Adesanya’s face photoshopped onto various women … I think? I’m not sure what exactly is happening here, but it’s definitely strange.

In my opinion, the only promo that can compete is Jeff Monson’s legendarily bad take ahead of his bout with Mark Kerr.

Strangeness aside, there are real reasons to be excited about Adesanya vs. Costa. Both athletes are undefeated in professional MMA, and it’s an incredible clash of styles. Adesanya is rangy and slick, an accurate out-fighter with lots of depth to his game. Meanwhile, Costa is an aggressive bruiser, a hulking combination striker who throws heat and pressures his opponents until they fold.


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