Paulo Costa Says Dana White Promised Him UFC Middleweight Title Shot

Paulo Costa claims he is next in line for a shot at the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya. On Oct. 5, UFC middleweight champion Whittaker will go one-on-one with interim title holder Adesanya. The bout will headline UFC 243 inside Marvel S…

Paulo Costa claims he is next in line for a shot at the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya. On Oct. 5, UFC middleweight champion Whittaker will go one-on-one with interim title holder Adesanya. The bout will headline UFC 243 inside Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. While many believe that Costa is a shoe-in […]

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Paulo Costa Picks Robert Whittaker To Beat ‘Fake Champ’ Israel Adesanya

At UFC 243, one of the most anticipated fights of the year goes down in Australia as Robert Whittaker looks to defend his title against Israel Adesanya. It will no doubt be a massive fight, and a fight many fans are looking forward to. It is a close fight to call for many, as Adesanya […]

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At UFC 243, one of the most anticipated fights of the year goes down in Australia as Robert Whittaker looks to defend his title against Israel Adesanya. It will no doubt be a massive fight, and a fight many fans are looking forward to.

It is a close fight to call for many, as Adesanya has looked unbeatable in the UFC. While Whittaker is the champion for a reason. Yet, Paulo Costa, who appears to be next in line, thinks it is a much easier fight to call and that is Whittaker defending his belt.

“Robert is a more complete fighter than Israel,” Costa said to MMA Junkie. “I think Robert will still be champion. He will defeat the fake champion, Israel. I think Robert will win by judges’ decision.”

There is no question Paulo Costa and Israel Adesanya do not like each other. They have traded shots at one another on social media. The Brazilian doesn’t believe “The Last Stylebender” is a real champion and will lose his fake belt in October.

If Costa is right, he believes he will be fighting Robert Whittaker for the title next. But, he recently had surgery.

“I had surgery on the left biceps tendon,” he said. “It was an old injury. I had to fight with 50 percent of the ruptured tendon against Romero because I didn’t have time to have surgery before the fight. Now that the fight has happened, it was the ideal time to perform surgery because I will have time to recover and return 100 percent to challenge for the belt.”

In the end, Paulo Costa is rather confident he was what it takes to beat either of them and wants the Whittaker fight to happen by the end of the calendar year.

“I will be out for just three weeks and I can fight again in December,” Costa said. “I will wait to fight for the belt. This is my time. I am next.”

Do you agree with Paulo Costa’s prediction for Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya?

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UFC 243 Poster Officially Revealed

The poster for UFC 243 has officially been released. UFC 243 takes place October 5 at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Headlining the event is a massive middleweight title unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. Whittaker is the middleweight champion while Adesanya is the interim title holder following his win over Kelvin […]

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The poster for UFC 243 has officially been released.

UFC 243 takes place October 5 at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Headlining the event is a massive middleweight title unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.

Whittaker is the middleweight champion while Adesanya is the interim title holder following his win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 earlier this year. It promises to be one of the fights of the year while it’s also undoubtedly the biggest bout in Australasian history.

You can see the official poster below:

That’s not all, however. The lineup for the event is still in progress but there are confirmed bouts including the likes of Holly Holm, Al Iaquinta, Dan Hooker, Tai Tuivasa and more.

Below is the fight card as of now:

  • Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya
  • Al Iaquinta vs. Dan Hooker
  • Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
  • Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergey Spivak
  • Jake Matthews vs. Rostem Akman
  • Justin Tafa vs. Yorgan De Castro
  • Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
  • Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim
  • Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Silva

What do you think of the UFC 243 poster?

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Robert Whittaker Reveals When He Thinks He’ll Finish Israel Adesanya

Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya will finally settler their differences in the main event of UFC 243. The two have gone back-and-forth in interviews trash-talking each other and building up the fight. Yet, when the two do step into the Octagon it will no doubt be a highly anticipated fight. Many want to see if […]

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Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya will finally settler their differences in the main event of UFC 243. The two have gone back-and-forth in interviews trash-talking each other and building up the fight.

Yet, when the two do step into the Octagon it will no doubt be a highly anticipated fight. Many want to see if Whittaker will be able to end the hype of Adesanya. Or, will “The Last Stylebender” be too much and become a UFC champion? According to the champ, he expects to hear ‘And Still’ and thinks he will finish the New Zealander early.

“That’s the biggest thing I took away from that fight,” Whittaker said to Triple M (h/t MMA Junkie). “If Gastelum can puts hands on him, I can puts hands on him. Honestly, I think I’m going to finish him. I’m definitely going to look for the finish, but I think I’m going to finish him somewhere in the second, third round.”

Although the two have done tons of interviews and press conferences, Robert Whittaker isn’t letting it get under his skin. Instead, he doesn’t care what Israel Adesanya has to say as in just a few weeks time they will get to fight.

“It’s kind of another mentality I’ve always had, is I don’t understand why we’re trash talking each other, because literally we’re going to be punishing each other within X-amount of weeks,” Whittaker said. “It’s like there’s no point. Anything you’ve got to say means nothing.”

It is no doubt a massive fight for the Oceanic region. They have an Aussie and a Kiwi fighting for a UFC belt. But, given Whittaker was born in New Zealand, many think he may have some fans from there cheering him on. Yet, he doesn’t care about any of that.

“Who cares?” Robert Whittaker said. “It doesn’t matter, because it’s only going to boost the combat sports game in New Zealand and Australia. At the end of the day, as much as we love the rivalry, we love each other a lot more than everybody else anyway, so this is going to be the biggest combat sports fight in the history of the game in this part of the world, and I’m pumped to be a part of it.”

Who do you think will win the fight between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya?

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Paulo Costa Wants ‘Skinny’ Israel Adesanya To Win At UFC 243

Paulo Costa wants Israel Adesanya to defeat Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 for one reason — so that he can “erase” him. Whittaker and Adesanya collide in a middleweight title unification clash on October 5 in Melbourne, Australia. The winner is likely to face Costa next, who is coming off the biggest win of his […]

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Paulo Costa wants Israel Adesanya to defeat Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 for one reason — so that he can “erase” him.

Whittaker and Adesanya collide in a middleweight title unification clash on October 5 in Melbourne, Australia. The winner is likely to face Costa next, who is coming off the biggest win of his career over Yoel Romero this past weekend at UFC 241.

Costa and Adesanya have had back-and-forth interactions in the past, most recently after the former’s recent win.

That among others is why Costa hopes he gets to face Adesanya next:

“I’m rooting for Adesanya to win this fight because man I will kill him,” Costa said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (transcript via MMA Junkie). “I definitely will erase him. He doesn’t have a chance, he’s very skinny. He’s just tall, he not have a chin, not have confidence.

“Remember, I saw [him] against Anderson Silva, Anderson Silva put his back on the cage and say come on Israel and Israel is afraid. Israel is a fake champion, I don’t believe that he’s a true champion you know. He not have jiu-jitsu, he not have wrestling. I proved that I can face the high level of wrestling, takedowns you know. Romero tried to put me down in the first time he tried, I scrambled him and he say oh my God, I can’t take this guy down easily.”

“The Eraser” also takes issue the confidence that Adesanya projects. He believes “The Last Stylebender” isn’t truly confident like Conor McGregor or Nate Diaz for example:

“He shows a fake confidence,” Costa added. “When you talk a lot of (expletive), when you avoid some things, because you don’t feel real confidence in yourself. Deep down he don’t show the real confidence like McGregor. McGregor is a very confident guy and everybody feel that, Nate Diaz also but Adesanya is a fake confidence.

“I will slap his face, kick his (expletive). I will embarrass him in the cage.”

What do you make of Costa’s comments?

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Paulo Costa Vows to Beat The Winner of UFC 243 Main Event

Paulo Costa is very confident he can best both Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. After his three-round war against Yoel Romero at UFC 241, Costa cannot wait to sit cageside to let the winner of the UFC 243 main event know, he is the man that will b…

Paulo Costa is very confident he can best both Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. After his three-round war against Yoel Romero at UFC 241, Costa cannot wait to sit cageside to let the winner of the UFC 243 main event know, he is the man that will be the next challenger for the middleweight title. […]

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