The world of MMA is heading back to the UAE following their hugely successful Fight Island cards earlier this summer.
Kamaru Usman beat Jorge Masvidal in the headline bout of UFC 251 in July as Dana White realised his dream of putting on high-level fights in the Middle East.
The company are heading back to desert and Adesanya will defend his UFC Crown against Costa in packed card next weekend.
UFC fans are in for a treat with Dominick Reyes vs Jan Blachowicz and Hakeem Dawodu vs Zubaira Tukhugov on the undercard.
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 253…
UFC 253: Date and start time
The main event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 27 for UK fans and will be held behind closed doors.
It is being held at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi.
For the benefit of the US watching audience, the preliminary card begins at 1am UK time with the main card starting around 3am.
Adesanya vs Costa expected to start at 5am as the main event for UFC 251 on Fight Island did.
UFC 253: TV and live stream
BT Sport 1 will broadcast the event with full details of their coverage to follow next week.
The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers as normal.
In the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
The main event on ESPN+ will be pay-per-view in the US.
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UFC 253: Fight card
- Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Paulo Costa, Middleweight
- Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz, Light Heavyweight
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov, Featherweight
- Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval, Flyweight
- Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews, Welterweight
- Brad Riddell vs. Alex Da Silva, Lightweight
- Shane Young vs. Nate Landwehr, Featherweight
- Casey Kenney vs. Heili Alateng, Bantamweight
- Aleksa Camur vs. William Knight, Light Heavyweight
- Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes, Heavyweight
UFC 253: What has been said?
Costa has sent a chilling message to Adesanya before their highly-anticipated UFC title fight.
Both men defeated Yoel Romero in their previous fights, with Adesanya eking out a decision back in March which left even UFC president Dana White somewhat underwhelmed.
Costa, meanwhile, was involved in one of the best fights of 2019 as he went to the well and back in order to get the win.
He said: “I have just one question, Adesanya, why you freezing when you face Romero?
“You’re not a real champion, man. You don’t deserve. I will kill you.”
Adesanya replied with “He’s dumb. He’s dumb and he walks forward and he throws shots. That’s what makes it really exciting, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.
“I’m looking forward to this big, inflated ignoramus, running up on me, trying to throw shots as I keep moving and sticking him.
“The only people he ever beat that are worthy of anything as two guys that are ranked, that was Uriah Hall and Romero. Who else has he beat that’s ranked?
“Who else has he beat? I can list you four guys that I have, so you have to understand there’s levels to this.”