It feels like an eternity since we saw one of the sport's most entertaining champions showcase his skills inside the Octagon but, following victory over Yoel Romero in March, Israel Adesanya returns at UFC 253 to face another terrifying opponent in defence of his 185lb crown.

Paulo Costa is the man hoping to dethrone the Kiwi striker, arriving to the cage with a perfect 13-fight record complete with 11 pulversising stoppages along the way.

Can the Brazilian inflict Adesanya's first defeat in 19 fights - or will The Last Stylebender further elevate his soaring stock? 


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Elsewhere, a new light heavyweight champion will be crowned following Jon Jones' decision to vacate the 205lb title as Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz go toe-to-toe in search of UFC gold.

And highly-rated featherweight Hakeem Dawodu returns to action in a must-see clash against Zubaira Tukhugov in the pick of the fights on the rest of the main card.

When is UFC 253: Adesanya v Costa?

The event will be shown exclusively live at 1am (3am main card) overnight on Saturday 26 September on BT Sport 1 HD and across our digital platforms.

What if I can't watch UFC 253: Adesanya v Costa live?

No problem! Our brilliant enhanced video player is available on both the BT Sport app on mobile and tablet and

You won't miss miss a second of the action thanks to our interactive timeline, which lets you control your own viewing experience by allowing you to scroll back through the entire card - or skip to your preferred fight using our 'chapters' feature.

And most importantly, the entire card will remain available to watch spoiler-free immediately after broadcast - as it will on our large screen device app. Bookmark this page and return at your leisure to tune in from the outset.

You can also watch a replay of the fight card on BT Sport on Sunday night. Check the TV Guide for more information.

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You will then need to exit and close your app. Once you reload the app, your home page will default to the 'Spoiler-free' tab in the Sports navigation menu.

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How to live stream UFC 253: Adesanya v Costa on a phone or tablet

Anyone wanting to watch the fights can open the BT Sport app at 1am on Saturday night and follow the link at the top of the homepage.

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UFC 253: Adesanya v Costa Main Card

Israel Adesanya (c) v Paulo Costa - Middleweight

Dominick Reyes v Jan Blachowicz - Light heavyweight title fight

Hakeem Dawodu v Zubaira Tukhugov - Featherweight

Ketlen Viera v Sijara Eubanks - Women's bantamweight

Kai Kara-France v Brandon Royval - Flyweight

UFC 253: Adesanya v Costa Prelims

Diego Sanchez v Jake Matthews - Welterweight

Brad Riddell v Alex Da Silva - Lightweight

Shane Young v Nate Landwehr - Featherweight

William Knight v Aleksa Camur - Light heavyweight