Two championships were up for grabs at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi, but only one was guaranteed to leave Fight Island in the hands of a new owner.
Jan Blachowicz took home the previously-vacant light heavyweight title after beating Dominick Reyes, while the middleweight championship will be heading back to New Zealand with its previous owner after a successful title defense by Israel Adesanya.
Adesanya dominated Paulo Costa in the night’s main event, silencing his rival after months of back-and-forth trash talk. Adesanya spent one round blasting Costa’s legs with kicks before finishing the fight in the second round with a left hook that put Costa on the canvas and ground-and-pound that closed the show.
With the win, Adesanya improved his perfect record to 20-0 and successfully defended his middleweight title for a second time.