UFC star Paulo Costa drank a bottle of wine the evening earlier than the most important battle of his life – and was nonetheless drunk when he was KO’d.
Costa challenged middleweight world champion Israel Adesanya in Abu Dhabi final September however was stopped within the second spherical.
The battle, which headlined UFC 253, was scheduled for 9am native time to make sure it was broadcast at peak time in america.
And, struggling to sleep, Costa turned to alcohol in a bid to get some relaxation – with disastrous penalties.
“I used to be form of drunk [when] I fought, perhaps, on hangover,” he stated. “I could not sleep due to the [leg] cramps. Remember that the battle occurs at 9am, we now have to get up at 5 to prepare, stretch, wrap the palms.
“The UFC advised us to get up at 5 within the morning to go to the sector to battle. I hadn’t slept till 2.30am.
“It was my mistake and I don’t blame anybody else, it was one thing I selected [to do], however, with a view to attempt to sleep, as a result of I needed to sleep since I used to be awake for twenty-four hours, I had wine, an excessive amount of wine, a bottle to attempt to black out.
“I had a glass and it did not work. Two glasses, it did not work. Half bottle, it did not work. I had all of it.”
Adesanya will bid to win a second world title this weekend when he takes on light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz on Saturday evening.
And Costa has been left to remorse taking up the middleweight ruler in lower than peak situation.
“It was a special feeling,” he added. “I’m all the time very lively in each battle. There’s some apprehension, concern of getting hit and whatnot, so that you’re on.
“On this battle, the championship battle, I used to be sleepy, yawning and unworried. It was odd. I did not really feel something, not even an agony, ‘Wow, I am preventing for the title.’ Not even that. I used to be too calm. All that calm freaked me out.
“The factor is, I used to be 20, 10 per cent of my capacities within the Adesanya battle. We needed to change the the technique within the locker room. ‘Do not assault him, simply anticipate the primary two rounds,’ which was a mistake. In the present day we all know that was a mistake, however speaking is straightforward.”