UFC 253: UK start time, live stream FREE, TV channel, fight card, prelims for TONIGHT'S Adesanya vs Costa bout

ISRAEL ADESANYA puts his UFC middleweight championship on the line as he clashes with Paulo Costa in the octagon tonight.

A war of words have erupted between the two fighters as both look to inflict the first defeat on each other.

  • Start time UK: 1am (prelims), 3am (main card)
  • TV/Live stream: BT Sport 1/BT Sport app

The fightcard sees a set of fascinating bouts across the different weight divisions. Along with the main fight, viewers can also witness:

  • Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz – Light Heavyweight
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov – Featherweight
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval – Flyweight
  • Ketien Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks – Women’s Bantamweight
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews – Welterweight
  • Brad Riddell vs. Alex Da Silva – Lightweight
  • Shane Young vs. Ludovit Klein – Featherweight
  • William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur – Light Heavyweight
  • Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes – Heavyweight
  • Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques – Light Heavyweight

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    ROUND 2

    Costa goes high with a kick but Izzy evades.

    Body kick lands for Adesanya, Costa struggling to get going here.

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    HERE WE GO!Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa for the middleweight title

    ROUND 1

    Cagey opener with Adesanya opening with kicks but Costa pressing.

  • Up next: Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa – Middleweight Title Fight

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    ROUND 2

    Blachowicz lands with some sharp boxing. Reyes is marked up on his body and is struggling to land in range.

    Reyes is forced to back up as Blachowicz comes forward.

    Blachowicz stuns Reyes on the inside…. and it's over!

    Reyes is dropped after a barrage of punches and Blachowicz finishes the fight on the floor.

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    ROUND 1

    Big left lands early for Reyes, it looked as though Blachowicz was going to go down but he kept his balance.

    Sharp counter over the top for Reyes, who has been the quicker fighter so far.

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    Up next: Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz – Light-Heavyweight Title Fight

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    ROUND 2

    Kara-France locks in an early guillotine choke and Royval is forced to tap!

    What a finish to a dramatic fight.

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    ROUND 1

    Both fighters are down within 40 seconds of the fight!

    Firstly, Royval was floored with a right hand, but after getting to his feet he was able to dropKara-France.

    Royval again dropsKara-France and immediately tries to lock in a choke.

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    Up next: Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval – Flyweight

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    Dominick Reyes is wrapped and already in the venue.

    He faces Jan Blachowicz for the vacant light-heavyweight belt in the co-headliner.

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    Ketien Vieira defeats Sijara Eubanks by unanimous decision.

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    ROUND 3

    Eubanks is coming forward but Vieira clinches her up. Again she comes back with jabs.

    Big head kick lands for Eubanks and follows with a shot over the top – she's ending the fight well.

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    ROUND 2

    Vieira comes forward with strikes and then takes Eubanks down to the mat.

    Eubanks lands to the body but is again met with a counter. She needs to up her product here.

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    Up next: Ketien Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks – Women’s Bantamweight

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    Hakeem Dawodu sends a message to future opponents who think about 'running' after beating Zubaira Tukhugov on points.

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    Hakeem Dawodu defeats Khabib's team-mate by split-decision Zubaira Tukhugov.

    Dawodu criticised his opponent for 'running'.

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    The champ is here!

    Israel Adesanya arrives at the arena ahead of his middleweight title defence against Paulo Costa.

    The fight headlines in Abu Dhabi.

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    Up next: Hakeem Dawodu vs Zubaira Tukhugov – Catchweight (150lb)

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    Israel Adesanya's team-mate Brad Riddell beats Alex da Silva on points.

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    Jan Blachowicz is already wrapped and ready ahead of his UFC title fight.

    The Polish puncher challenges Dominick Reyes for the vacant light-heavyweight belt in the co-headliner.

    It comes after Jon Jones dropped the strap to move up to heavyweight.

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    Jake Matthews defeats Diego Sanchez by decision in their welterweight bout.

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    Take a listen to Diego Sanchez's corner as they try and encourage their fighter.

    Sanchez is currently being dominated by Jake Matthews.

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    A look atLudovít Klein's knockout against Shane Young.

    After a head kick wobbled Young, Klein pounced and finished the job.

  • KHABIB IN THE HOUSE

    Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov captured entering the arena.

    The Russian will corner training partner Zubaira Tukhugov, who faces Hakeem Dawodu tonight.

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    Massive knockout win for Ludovít Klein who stops Shane Young in round one.

    A head kick started the trouble and Klein's sharp boxing did the rest as Israel Adesanya's team-mate was saved by the ref.

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