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Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, Paulo Costa, has expressed disgust at his Nigerian-NewZealander counterpart, Israel Adesanya, over the latter’s behaviour during their UFC-250 bout on Sunday.

Adesanya had knocked Costa out in the second round of their encounter in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to maintain his undefeated record. However, the 31-year-old while celebrating his victory mocked Costa by pretending to have sex with him.

This hasn’t gone down well with the Brazillian who has described the celebration as disgusting.

This has forced a reaction from Costa’s camp who say Adesanya will pay for it the next time they face each other.

“I come here to talk about the actions that the human trash did after our fight,” Costa said in an Instagram video.

“I didn’t see when I was there [in] the cage but I saw now and I disapprove 100 per cent. To me, this is [personal] now.

“Nobody will stop me. Nobody can stop me.”

“I just saw his unacceptable and disrespectful attitude and he will have to pay for that in the Octagon next time. He will have to pay every penny in our next fight,” Costa said in another video.

“[UFC president] Dana White, make this fight happen. I didn’t see what he did in the Octagon until now. It’s a matter of honour now. Dana White, make it happen. I will be 100 percent this time, no excuses, to rip this disrespectful clown’s head off.”

Adesanya improved his MMA record to 20-0 (9-0 in the UFC) after thrashing the previously-undefeated Costa on ‘Fight Island’.

And the 31-year-old is thinking about his next opponent as he eyes No.3 ranked UFC middleweight Jared Cannonier, who faces Robert Whittaker next month at UFC 254.

A win over the former UFC middleweight champion could book his title shot against Adesanya.

Speaking about ‘The Killa Gorilla’, the UFC middleweight king said: “Jared Cannonier, I love his energy, he’s a beautiful man. I said, ‘You destroy Robert Whittaker, you’re next.’

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Cameroon Striker Bahoken Issued Suspended Prison Sentence

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Cameroon and Angers striker Stephane Bahoken has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence with a fine of €2,000 for acts of domestic violence against his partner. He also has a three-month suspended sentence with a fine of €6,875 for traffic violation.

The Cameroon international striker was arrested by the French police earlier this week for allegedly assaulting his spouse and also threatening her with violence.

He came out of police custody after he was charged to court where he was punished for the traffic offence he committed in the summer and the domestic violence.

Bahoken released a statement through his lawyer, Florine Talon, vowing not to make anyone talk about him beyond the football pitch.

“The Public Prosecutor’s Office has chosen a measure of appearance on prior admission of guilt, an alternative option to the classic trial before a criminal court, chosen when the personality of the defendant and the relative gravity of the charges justify it,” the statement read.

“Mr. Bahoken, who is unknown to the courts, spontaneously explained himself and showed himself to be extremely cooperative with both the gendarmes and the magistrates.

“With regard to the acts with which he was accused, it emerges from the investigation that in isolation, Mr. Bahoken and his partner may both have had regrettable attitudes and words which fortunately remained at the stage of words, in the absence of blows.

“Be that as it may, Mr. Bahoken who has never wished to harm his partner, bitterly regrets these heated exchanges and wishes their separation will continue in the best interests of the child.

“In any case, Stephane Bahoken accepts his reprehensible behaviour, accepts the sentence without complacency. And does not intend to make anyone else talk about him beyond the football stadiums.”

Bahoken played for 80 minutes as Angers defeated Rennes 2-1 at the Roazhon Park in a Ligue 1 game. He now remains a doubt for their next league game at home against Nice this weekend having missed a lot of the training sessions this week due to his detention.

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Tusker FC Sign Former Gor Mahia Defender Ochieng

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Tusker FC sign former Gor Mahia defender Ochieng

Kenya Premier League side Tusker FC have confirmed the signing of former Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng.

Tusker FC have been strengthening for the new season as they look to challenge for the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League title.

“Ochieng’ is now our player, he signed with us yesterday [Thursday],” Tusker FC chairman Daniel Aduda said.

“He is an experienced player who will give us much-needed experience at the back. Ochieng’ is also versatile and I believe he will be a valuable asset to the team.”

A couple of weeks ago Ochieng was released by his club alongside Edwin Lavatsa.

The defender is the third player signed by Tusker FC in the transfer window. They started by getting experienced centre-back Eugene Asike to extend his stay at the club by one year. Goalkeeper Robert Mboya also extended his stay at the club by another season as well.

Christopher Oruchum was the first signing for the former champions from the 13-time champions AFC Leopards.

“One of the things that motivated me to sign for Tusker is that Tusker is one of the biggest clubs in Kenya whereby we stand a chance to be exposed to big teams in Africa and outside the country,” the defender said after completing the move.

“Having joined a team that was high-flying the previous season, I hope and pray that I will also add something and also help the team to achieve more than they achieved last season.

“There was a time I was really close to signing for Tusker when I was at Thika United but the deal did not materialize then I ended up going to AFC Leopards, then from there I have the chance again of joining this great club, which I have longed to play for.”

Tusker FC last won the league trophy four years ago.

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Ivory Coast’s Pepe Scores in Arsenal 3-0 Win over Dundalk

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A flurry of goals either side of halftime from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe gave Arsenal a comfortable 3-0 Europa League win over Irish side, Dundalk, on Thursday.

The result ensured that the Gunners topped their group after two games.

The 2019 League of Ireland champions defended bravely in London, but their resolve was broken in the 42nd minute.

This was after goalkeeper Gary Rogers failed to get enough on the ball when punching away a corner and Nketiah fired home from close range.

Willock added a second before the break, snapping up the rebound from a blocked shot by Pepe and slamming the ball beyond Rogers as Dundalk’s defence crumbled.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors in the first minute of the second half as Pepe cut onto his right foot and curled a superb shot into the top corner to make it 3-0 to leave Dundalk reeling.

The visitors rarely managed to threaten a makeshift Arsenal defence with midfielder Granit Xhaka slotting in at centre back for a period.

As the game wore on Dundalk struggled to get out of their own half as the Gunners coasted to victory.

The result puts Arsenal top of Group B on six points and ahead of Molde, who beat third-placed Rapid Vienna 1-0, on goal difference while Dundalk are bottom with no points.

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