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27 September 2020 06:57

Two world titles are on the line Saturday night at UFC 253 on Fight Island.

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UFC 253 LIVE: Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa updates from Fight Island

Two world titles are on the line Saturday night at UFC 253 on Fight Island. The event marks the second UFC trip to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the promotion will hold a total of five events over the coming weeks--beginning with Saturday's UFC 253 card--before events return to Las Vegas. In the main event, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will put his 185-pound title on the line against Paulo Costa in a battle of unbeaten rivals. Meanwhile, the co-main event will see a new light heavyweight champion crowned as Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz clash for the title vacated by Jon Jones upon his recent move up to heavyweight. The five-fight main card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view.

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Prelims begin at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, following early prelims at 7 p.m., also airing on ESPN 2. CBS Sports will be with you all evening bringing you results and analysis from UFC 253 on Fight Island. UFC 253 card and results That's why - despite his young UFC career - Riddell has the confidence to claim he's already the division's most dangerous and pure striker. "I think I am. I'm sure other people have their other opinions, but in my mind, absolutely." He believes his counterparts still don't fully realise the level of stand-up he possesses, although they're beginning to learn - the hard way.

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"Look at the last fight. He was very strong and had a really good body lock, but he held onto that body lock for dear life, because he knew what was going to happen if he let go. "He didn't even really want to let go with one hand to punch me, because he knew I'd get out and we'd be back facing each other standing." During his kickboxing years, Riddell always had one eye on a full-time transition to mixed martial arts. But rather than leap at the first opportunities that came his way, he opted to take the patient approach - albeit with some encouragement from his City Kickboxing coaches - to ensure he had the well-rounded game required to compete at the sport's highest echelon. That meant wholeheartedly embracing grappling, putting striking to the side, and adopting a staple diet of wrestling and jiu-jitsu - and plenty of it.

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"I had to put time and hours - heaps of hours - to level up to these guys who've grappled for 10 years like I've done striking for 10 years and that's all I've done," he says. Round 1: Eubanks was last in the ring at the start of September, so this has been a very quick turnaround for the American. She's looking to make it three wins in a row, while Vieira is hoping to bounce back from a defeat last time out. Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting.