ABU DHABI – Athletes from both UFC 253 title fights have had their first official fight week after Thursday’s pre-fight press conference.
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), who puts his title on the line against Brazilian powerhouse Paulo Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in the The main event on Saturday crowned the festivities, and they were much more serious than their previous break-in shortly after arriving in town.
Co-headliners were all business too. Dominick Reyes (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will face Jan Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) for the vacant light heavyweight championship after Jon Jones left the belt in August.
UFC 253 takes place at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The main card is broadcast on pay-per-view after preliminaries on ESPN2 and ESPN +.
Watch the video above to see the UFC 253 pre-fight press conference clashes with the athletes fighting for the title.