Nigerian-born, New Zealand-raised mixed martial arts fighter Israel Adesanya will fight Paulo Costa for the UFC middleweight title in August, president Dana White has revealed.
Adesanya, 30, last fought at UFC 248 in March, when he successfully defended his title against challenger Yoel Romero in Las Vegas.
That fight came around after Costa, 29, was ruled out through injury, having not fought since August last year when he too defeated Romero.
The match-up has got fans salivating, as it will be the first time that two undefeated fighters have fought for a title in UFC history.
In an interview with media before UFC on ESPN 11, White promised an ‘awesome’August fight schedule and admitted the 185lbs-division was getting a huge title fight.
White said: “August is insane and then you know how that usually works out as we end the year going into the fall.
“There’s always killer fights going into the fall, too.
“So, I mean with all the madness that’s going on in this world right now. This thing is good right now.
“Everything is so good right now in the UFC world.”
And when further probed on whether fans would see Adesanya vs Costa, White, 50, was emphatic.
He replied: “Oh yeah! That fight’s happening.”
Fighting out of New Zealand, Adesanya boasts a stunning 19-0 MMA record, while Brazilian Costa comes into the bout with 13 wins and no losses