Paulo Costa Wants Yoel Romero To Wait Until March For A Bout

Paulo Costa is hoping Yoel Romero waits for him to fully recover before stepping back inside the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wanted to book Costa vs. Romero twice. The first time, plans were in place to have this bout go down at U…

Paulo Costa is hoping Yoel Romero waits for him to fully recover before stepping back inside the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wanted to book Costa vs. Romero twice. The first time, plans were in place to have this bout go down at UFC 230 this past Saturday night (Nov. 3). That didn’t happen […]

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Paulo Costa Issues Statement After Pulling From Yoel Romero Fight

Paulo Costa has commented on his withdrawal from fighting Yoel Romero.

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The UFC just can’t seem to lock down a fight between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa.

Initially, the middleweight collision was scheduled for UFC 230 on pay-per-view (PPV) from Madison Square Garden. However, an injury from Romero forced him to pull off the New York card. The fight was then scheduled to headline the UFC’s first card on ESPN+ in January.

The January 19th event goes down from Brooklyn, New York. Now, Costa has been forced off the card with an injury of his own. He took to Instagram to issue an official statement on the matter. Here’s what the Brazilian had to say:

“Yes, unfortunately I am still injured, the same injury I had before fighting Uriah hall and will be ready to fight in March 2019. I waited for Romero 3 months, he can not wait 2 for me? The belt is coming.”

As for Romero, ESPN reports that he doesn’t want to wait around for the young man to get healthy again. Instead, he’s seeking a fight with former 185-pound champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. It remains to be seen whether or not the UFC is actually pursuing Silva as a replacement opponent for Romero.

Silva hasn’t competed since defeating Derek Brunson via unanimous decision in February of 2017.

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Yoel Romero Sets Sights on Anderson Silva for Jan. 2019

ESPN reported Wednesday afternoon that the UFC was planning to have Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa headline the first event of the year, UFC Fight Night 143, however injury to Costa have foiled those plans. The Romero camp has now come forward with a solu…

ESPN reported Wednesday afternoon that the UFC was planning to have Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa headline the first event of the year, UFC Fight Night 143, however injury to Costa have foiled those plans. The Romero camp has now come forward with a solution and a name: the consensus greatest middleweight of all time, […]

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Six Fighters Who Could Win Titles At Different Weight Classes

Competing at a more natural weight is a welcomed trend in today’s MMA. With many fighters ditching their draining weight cuts, we broke down six fighters who could win a championship at a different weight class. It used to be that fighters wanted to cut as much weight as possible in an attempt to compete […]

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Competing at a more natural weight is a welcomed trend in today’s MMA. With many fighters ditching their draining weight cuts, we broke down six fighters who could win a championship at a different weight class.

It used to be that fighters wanted to cut as much weight as possible in an attempt to compete at the lightest weight class possible. The thought was, having a substantial size advantage would translate into easier fights. Although many fighters have had success with this blueprint, in recent years the paradigm has shifted.

Fighters like Sam Alvey and Anthony Smith have recently decided to change things us. Both men were competing at middleweight, and having decent success, but since moving to light heavyweight both men have fast-tracked their fight careers. Smith is fighting Volkan Oezdimer in a potential 205-pound title eliminator bout, and Alvey has won two of three since changing classes.

That got us thinking here at LowkickMMA. Could other fighters benefit from switching things up? Here is our list of six fighters who could win gold at a different weight class:

Kelvin Gastelum – Welterweight

Fighters changing weight classes to better their performances is old hat. Take The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum.

After winning TUF 17, Gastelum announced he would be moving down to welterweight. The then 21-year-old Gastelum had success at 170 pounds despite battling with weight issues.

After repeated failed attempts to make the welterweight limit, UFC President Dana White strongly urged Gastelum to move back up to 185 pounds. Since moving back to middleweight Gastelum has gone 5-2, beating former middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the process.

He’ll now challenge Robert Whittaker for the middleweight title, but has often teased a return to welterweight to compete for that belt as well.

Gold could very well be in the future for Gastelum. Whether it’s at middleweight or welterweight remains to be seen.

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Paulo Costa’s Career Plan? Win Three UFC Titles

Paulo Costa’s career plan is to capture three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titles before retiring. Costa is a rising prospect in the UFC’s middleweight division. He has a professional mixed martial arts record of 12-0 and is eyeing …

Paulo Costa’s career plan is to capture three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titles before retiring. Costa is a rising prospect in the UFC’s middleweight division. He has a professional mixed martial arts record of 12-0 and is eyeing a bout with number one ranked 185-pounder Yoel Romero. Costa almost had the match-up lined up for […]

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Surging UFC Contender Vows To Win Three Titles & Retire

Paulo Costa may be the most powerful rising contender in mixed martial arts (MMA) right now. The hulking Brazilian knockout artist has surged to four straight wins since debuting in the UFC in March 2017. His most recent win came over longtime vet Uriah Hall in a bad blood-fueled bout at July’s UFC 226. The […]

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Paulo Costa may be the most powerful rising contender in mixed martial arts (MMA) right now.

The hulking Brazilian knockout artist has surged to four straight wins since debuting in the UFC in March 2017. His most recent win came over longtime vet Uriah Hall in a bad blood-fueled bout at July’s UFC 226. The win earned him a perceived shot at former interim title challenger Yoel Romero at November 3’s UFC 230 from New York City.

That bout fell apart, unfortunately, when “The Soldier of God” was forced to heal from facial injuries. That put Costa’s return timetable on hold for the time being. However, it’s not affecting his extremely lofty career goals as a result.

Costa recently told Ag Fight (via Bloody Elbow) that he’s aiming to win three UFC titles and retire. He claimed he can fight at welterweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight:

“My career plan is simply to retain three belts and retire. I can fight at welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight. I want to do boxing afterwards, before I turn 35. Who was a plan B never accomplishes plan A or B. You can’t have a plan B in life. When you have a plan B, you’ll give up in the first adversity you face. So what did I do? I said I would never have a plan B. My only one is plan A.”

Accomplishing those goals would obviously rank Costa as one of the best UFC fighters of all-time – if not the best. But it’s tough to doubt him at this current point of his career.

Costa has racked up a spotless 12-0 record in MMA, and he’s finished every single one of those wins. He now owns the No. 8 spot on the official UFC rankings at middleweight There’s little doubt he’s fully deserving of a fight against someone like Romero, a scary thought considering he only made his octagon debut last year.

His full focus is on becoming UFC champion. To him, he never had any other plan because he simply couldn’t afford one:

“I never had money to catch the bus to go train, nor to buy my supplements. I spent six months away from home, I spent Christmas, New Year’s, everything, away from my family, with no means to go visit them, I simply soldiered through all that, because I had no plan B.”

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