José Aldo Blasts Paulo Costa For Recent Weight Cutting Issues

Former UFC featherweight champion José Aldo is aiming at his Brazilian colleague, Paulo Costa following his weight-cutting controversy.

Aldo and other UFC fighters have harshly criticized Costa for his recent debacle ahead of his UFC Vegas 41 main …

Jose Aldo, Paulo Costa

Former UFC featherweight champion José Aldo is aiming at his Brazilian colleague, Paulo Costa following his weight-cutting controversy.

Aldo and other UFC fighters have harshly criticized Costa for his recent debacle ahead of his UFC Vegas 41 main event against Marvin Vettori. Just days ahead of the fight, Costa called for a fight at catchweight instead of the previously scheduled middleweight limit.

Costa went on to lose the fight by a unanimous decision in a potential Fight of the Year candidate against Vettori.

During a recent interview on MMA Fighting’s ‘Trocacao Franca’ podcast, Aldo explained his disappointment in his fellow countryman Costa for the weight debacle.

“‘Dede’ (coach Andre Pederneiras) always told us that losing and winning is part of the fight, but our obligation was to make weight,” Aldo said. “If you don’t make weight, it’s a lack of respect towards your opponent, the promotion, and the fans that are waiting for that. That’s how I was raised, that’s what made me the athlete I am today. To me, it was disrespectful. Even if he’s Brazilian, it could be a friend of mine or anything like that, if you ask me, I’d still say the same thing.”

José Aldo Has Moved To Bantamweight Late In His Career

Aldo’s comments come after UFC president Dana White made it clear that Costa will need to move up to 205 pounds for his foreseeable UFC future.

Aldo, in contrast to fighters such as Costa, has made weight with relative ease for the majority of his career. After losing the title at featherweight, he opted to move down to 135 pounds for another chance to compete for another UFC title.

Aldo will return to face Rob Font at UFC Vegas 44. Costa’s next fight in the UFC Octagon remains uncertain and unscheduled.

What are your thoughts on José Aldo’s criticism of Paulo Costa?

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Sean Strickland Not Fighting Darren Till, Wants Costa or Hermansson

Sean Strickland has no interest in accepting the call out from Darren Till.

Strickland is in a position where he is looking for an important opponent after Luke Rockhold was forced out of their fight due to injury. One of the people that called him…

Sean Strickland Darren Till

Sean Strickland has no interest in accepting the call out from Darren Till.

Strickland is in a position where he is looking for an important opponent after Luke Rockhold was forced out of their fight due to injury. One of the people that called him out was none other than Darren Till, who said that he was offered a fight with the controversial middleweight contender by the UFC and that he was interested in making it happen.

However, it seems that while Till may be down for this scrap, Strickland does not feel the same. Taking to his Twitter, he revealed that he was more interested in a fight with Paulo Costa, but if that does not work out, he would be down to face Jack Hermansson instead.

“Instagram blocked me, joked about a pedophile dying and I guess they didn’t like it lol!!!! Anyways I’m not fighting Darren Till. I want Costa and if Costa can’t put down the wine and cookies I want Jack,” Strickland explained.

Bouts against Costa or Hermansson have more upside for Strickland given the trajectory of their careers right now, and the fact that they are ranked above him, and would help to propel him closer to a crack at the middleweight title.

Juxtapose this to Darren Till, who is always a big opponent, but is ranked below Strickland, and has lost two of his three fights since moving up to the middleweight division. No matter what the UFC decides to do, there are really no bad matchups to make at the top of 185lb.

Would you rather see Sean Strickland fight Paulo Costa or Jack Hermansson? Who do you think Darren Till should fight when he returns to the Octagon?

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Paulo Costa, UFC ‘Beefing’ Over Weight Cutting Issues, Move to LHW

UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa has been at odds with UFC president Dana White after his latest weight cutting issue at UFC Vegas 41.

Costa came into UFC Vegas 41 fight week about 30 pounds overweight ahead of his planned middleweight showdo…

Paulo Costa

UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa has been at odds with UFC president Dana White after his latest weight cutting issue at UFC Vegas 41.

Costa came into UFC Vegas 41 fight week about 30 pounds overweight ahead of his planned middleweight showdown with former title challenger Marvin Vettori. After the UFC got word of Costa’s mid-week physique, they opted to make the fight at a catchweight of 205 pounds.

Costa went on to lose the fight via unanimous decision, but it was seen as a very competitive fight from start to finish. After the event, White alluded to Costa needing to make the full-time move up to light heavyweight if he wants to continue fighting in the Octagon.

However, during his UFC Vegas 42 post-fight presser, White gave an update on what could be next for Costa and sounded blunt in the promotion’s relationship with the Brazilian star.

“We’re beefing with Costa right now over (the weight issue),” White said about Costa’s status in the UFC. “Is there a person in this room who thinks he can come in the next fight and is confident he can come in and weigh 185 pounds? Exactly. Anybody? Raise your hand, please. Yeah, didn’t think so. So yeah, that’s what we’re going through right now with him.”

Paulo Costa’s Strained Relationship With Dana White Continues

Dana White, Paulo Costa
Dana White, Paulo Costa

Costa and White have had their fair share of back-and-forths in the media since Costa fell to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 253. In what many believed could potentially have been Adesanya’s toughest matchup at the time, he outclassed Costa on the feet en route to a second-round knockout.

After the fight, Costa claimed that the reason he performed poorly against Adesanya was due to a night of drinking wine the night before. He was ripped by his middleweight colleagues and the UFC brass for his comments.

Costa also pulled out of a previously scheduled bout earlier this year due to an ongoing contract dispute, withdrawing from the fight on short notice after allegedly not signing his end of the bout agreement. He criticized White and the UFC regarding the controversial topic of fighter pay.

What do you think should be next for Paulo Costa’s UFC career?

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Dana White Doesn’t Think Costa/Diaz Weight Fiascos Set A Precedent

Dana White doesn’t think the recent weight issues with some high-profile names are an issue.

In September, fans waited in great anticipation for the return of the O.G. Stockton bad boy, Nick Diaz. He was to rematch Robbie Lawler in a welterweight c…

Dana White

Dana White doesn’t think the recent weight issues with some high-profile names are an issue.

In September, fans waited in great anticipation for the return of the O.G. Stockton bad boy, Nick Diaz. He was to rematch Robbie Lawler in a welterweight clash 17 years in the making. But days before the fight, Diaz asked that the bout be moved up to middleweight. Lawler obliged, and the pair participated in an exciting match, but asking for a fight to be moved up days beforehand rubbed some folks the wrong way. 

Fast forward a few weeks and Paulo Costa comes into UFC Vegas 41 fight week overweight. The middleweight contender informed media that he wouldn’t be able to make the 186lb. limit days before weight-ins. After confirming the fight would take place at 195lbs., Costa said he could not make the catchweight either. The fight would eventually happen at light heavyweight; 20 lbs. over the fighter’s normal division.

Costa lost a decision and 20% of his purse to his opponent, Martin Vettori. UFC president Dana White felt the punishment fit the crime and was uncharacteristically non-critical of Costa when asked about the recent debacles.   

“Yeah, I don’t think there’s a precedent. I think that he’s getting fined 20% of his purse. It’s gonna go to Vettori. And had this thing not worked out the way that it did, he’d have been on a plane to Brazil with no money—put back on a plane, flew back to Brazil, and wouldn’t have made a dime on this fight. So when you talk about prize fighters that are getting money to actually get in and perform, he had to give up 20% of that. So I think that’s punishment enough. Plus, you guys beat him up pretty good this week, too, deservedly.

Do Some Fighters Get Special Treatment?

Diaz likely received a pass for his time off and the eyes he drew to the PPV he fought on. Costa, though, is not a Diaz. While his all-action style does make for fun contests, one has to wonder if White was less fiery than normal because UFC Vegas 41 was severely lacking in names to replace the marquee fight. 

Others have been the target of some classic White tirades following their missed cuts. Of course, neither Costa or Diaz technically missed weight, they just knew their bodies couldn’t make the cut and asked for special treatment though their opponents had already been toughing through their weight losses.

So supposedly this doesn’t set up a precedent going forward but coming from a company who uprooted an entire PPV and moved it across state lines on a few days notice, this likely isn’t the last time we’ll see UFC brass bending the rules to assure fights happen.

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Even Nice Guy Stephen Thompson Wanted To Slap Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa’s weight class shenanigans were enough to upset one of the nicest guys in the sport. 

Stephen Thompson is known for his cordial demeanor. In fact, Ariel Helwani gave “Wonderboy” a “NMF” belt in the wake of Jorge Masvidal winning th…

Paulo Costa, Stephen Thompson

Paulo Costa’s weight class shenanigans were enough to upset one of the nicest guys in the sport. 

Stephen Thompson is known for his cordial demeanor. In fact, Ariel Helwani gave “Wonderboy” a “NMF” belt in the wake of Jorge Masvidal winning the “BMF” title a couple of years ago. But even for a friendly fighter like Thompson, Costa’s fight-week fiasco prior to UFC Vegas 41 was a bit much. 

“Well, knowing that I have handled that situation before, fighting Darren Till. He didn’t make weight,” Thompson told MMA News. “He was like five pounds overweight or whatever. I was there, did it for the fans, man. We had a good time. But when you’re coming in saying, ‘Alright, can we do 185?’ and then 205, it’s like, what the heck?

Stephen Thompson vs. Darren Till
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson meets Darren Till in UFC Liverpool main event

“But I think Vettori was so mad at that point he just wanted to go out there and beat him up.

“When you talk so much trash like Costa does and then you come in not making weight, not being the professional you should be, it’s like, come on, man. Go somewhere else with that, crap. So yeah, man, very disappointing for sure and shows who, out of the two, is the most professional out of the bunch. And that’s Vettori. Costa, I wanted to slap him.”

Thompson went on to say that he’s looking to return to the Octagon in December but couldn’t give too many details before the contract was signed. But it seems likely we’ll see the karate fighter on Dec. 18th. 

In his last outing, Thompson fell short to Gilbert Burns’ grappling heavy gameplan at UFC 264. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak for the South Carolina native. He still resides in the top 5 but will have to work his way back into the title picture.

Are you surprised to hear this harsh take on Paulo Costa from “NMF” Stephen Thompson?

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Vettori Says He Will ‘F—k Adesanya Up’ On Sight

Marvin Vettori is tired of being disrespected by Israel Adesanya. Vettori successfully rebounded from his title fight rematch loss to Adesanya by defying pre-fight weight drama and beating Paulo Costa in a slugfest. While most fans watching were entertained by the back and forth fight, the middleweight champ was not so kind and made his […]

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Marvin Vettori is tired of being disrespected by Israel Adesanya.

Vettori successfully rebounded from his title fight rematch loss to Adesanya by defying pre-fight weight drama and beating Paulo Costa in a slugfest. While most fans watching were entertained by the back and forth fight, the middleweight champ was not so kind and made his feelings known with a video that he posted shortly after.

It seems that Vettori is fed up with the antics of The Last Stylebender and decided to respond when asked about Adesanya’s recent comments while speaking to TMZ. Here, the top middleweight contender said that he is aware of the position he is in right now, having two losses to the champ, but he firmly believes that he will meet Adesanya in the Octagon once more.

“He’s full of shit, man. He never give me credit, but he knows. He knows what’s up. I’m the only guy that’s gonna beat him, and eventually, I will. It’s just a matter of time. Let’s see how he goes with Whittaker, but I’m right there, and I’m the biggest opposition for him, and he knows that,” Vettori said.

That being said, Marvin Vettori is not only limiting the idea of throwing down with Israel Adesanya, to just a fight in the cage. He says even if it is in the streets, the next time he sees Adesanya he is throwing hands.

“I saw a glimpse of that video, and he’s full of shit, man. I’m gonna f—k him up the next time I see him. That’s for sure.” 

Vettori’s final message for Adesanya was a simple one. He says that he knows he is on the champ’s mind despite their two fight results, and that one day they will meet again.

“Adesanya, I’m coming for you, man. It’s just a matter of time. I’m in your head rent free. You know that.”

There is certainly a hard road ahead of Marvin Vettori to get another chance to dethrone Israel Adesanya. With that in mind, it is impossible to fault him for trying to go after the champ like this.

Watch the full interview below:

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