Pic: Paulo Costa Is Absolutely Massive Ahead Of UFC Return

Paulo Costa is seemingly daring USADA to come knocking at his door. Of course, it’s not like they haven’t already. The hulking middleweight contender was embroiled in a long, confusing case with the UFC’s anti-doping partner last year…

Paulo Costa is seemingly daring USADA to come knocking at his door. Of course, it’s not like they haven’t already. The hulking middleweight contender was embroiled in a long, confusing case with the UFC’s anti-doping partner last year. It wasn’t for anabolic steroids, however. Despite the fact that “Borrachinha” is routinely accused of using the […]

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Photo: Paulo Costa Looks Jacked Ahead Of Yoel Romero Fight At UFC 241

Paulo Costa is set for a blockbuster middleweight clash against Yoel Romero, and looks to be in great shape with just over a month to go. The two 185-pounders meet at UFC 241 on August 17 in what promises to be a barnburner of a contest. Given the physiques of both fighters, allegations have come […]

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Paulo Costa is set for a blockbuster middleweight clash against Yoel Romero, and looks to be in great shape with just over a month to go.

The two 185-pounders meet at UFC 241 on August 17 in what promises to be a barnburner of a contest. Given the physiques of both fighters, allegations have come both their ways of using performance enhancing drugs.

Both have, in fact, tested positive and were suspended for banned substances, but not in the way that you’d think. Romero ingested a tainted supplement and would later successfully sue the supplement company. As for Costa, he was suspended as well, but for receiving prohibited IV infusions for stomach medication.

Regardless, certain sections of fans still assume they’re on steroids, more so with Costa. The Brazilian doesn’t seem to care much, though, as he recently posted an image of his arms on Instagram:

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No words

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Perhaps it really is just a case of superior genetics.

Who do you think takes this UFC 241 matchup?

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Paulo Costa Claims He Was Blackmailed By Ex-Trainer With IV Video

Paulo Costa was recently suspended and fined by two separate athletic commissions, and issued a retroactive six-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for prohibited IV use. Costa used an IV prior to two of his UFC victories over Oluwale Bambose and Johny Hendricks. A video of Costa administering the IV had surfaced online. […]

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Paulo Costa was recently suspended and fined by two separate athletic commissions, and issued a retroactive six-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for prohibited IV use.

Costa used an IV prior to two of his UFC victories over Oluwale Bambose and Johny Hendricks. A video of Costa administering the IV had surfaced online. Speaking to Ag. Fight, Costa revealed the person responsible for leaking the footage was an ex-trainer:

“He was already identified and removed from the team,” Costa said. “This person tried to send it to several people. It’s a tragicomic situation. He hurt himself a lot because he was cut from the team. He was part of the team and betrayed not only my confidence, but every fighter’s (confidence), I believe.

“I don’t know if a trainer can have the confidence of a fighter or a gym owner now because if he does that to one fighter, he’ll do to another. This guy has to be banned from the sport.”

“Borrachinha” would not reveal the name of the trainer, but noted he was blackmailed with the footage for money:

“He tried to use that short moment to hurt me and extort me with that video,” Costa said. “He said, ‘If you don’t give me this amount of money…’ That completely broke the confidence and I obviously didn’t even try to negotiate because I knew what I was doing.

“I had this trainer in the UFC for one fight before, and he did that in the second one. I believe he thought, ‘He’s in the UFC, making a lot of money, I’ll extort him.’ I had worked with him four or five years before (joining) the UFC, but there was no extortion because I wasn’t making money [laughs].”

Costa will make his return to the Octagon on August 17 at UFC 241 against Yoel Romero in middleweight action. With a big win over an opponent the caliber of “The Soldier Of God,” Costa could be looking at a title opportunity.

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UFC’s Paulo Costa Accuses Ex-Trainer Of Blackmail With IV Video

Paulo Costa feels betrayed after a video surfaced putting him in a negative light. Costa accepted a six-month sanction from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) due to prohibited IV use. While Costa took in legal substances, he did not have a use exempt…

Paulo Costa feels betrayed after a video surfaced putting him in a negative light. Costa accepted a six-month sanction from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) due to prohibited IV use. While Costa took in legal substances, he did not have a use exemption. Costa was able to provide “substantial assistance” to have his suspension reduced. […]

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Antonio Carlos Junior Pokes Fun At Paulo Costa’s USADA Run-in

Antonio Carlos Junior is the latest fighter to poke fun at Paulo Costa’s sanction. Carlos Junior is set to take on Ian Heinisch tonight (May 18). The bout will be featured on the main card of UFC Rochester. The action is set to take place inside …

Antonio Carlos Junior is the latest fighter to poke fun at Paulo Costa’s sanction. Carlos Junior is set to take on Ian Heinisch tonight (May 18). The bout will be featured on the main card of UFC Rochester. The action is set to take place inside the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. Carlos Junior […]

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Yoel Romero Trolls Paulo Costa With Illegal IV Footage

Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa have had no issue taking shots at one another over the past few months. The UFC has been dead set on making a fight between the two hulking middleweights for the past several months. After numerous attempts, it looks like it might just happen at the upcoming UFC 241 pay-per-view […]

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Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa have had no issue taking shots at one another over the past few months.

The UFC has been dead set on making a fight between the two hulking middleweights for the past several months. After numerous attempts, it looks like it might just happen at the upcoming UFC 241 pay-per-view (PPV), as recently announced.

Romero recently took to Twitter in response, taking a shot at his upcoming opponent. He posted the video of Costa receiving an illegal IV prior to his fight with Johny Hendricks. “The Soldier Of God” captioned the video with his signature catchphrase, “I see you soon boi”:

A match-up between Romero and Costa was initially targeted for UFC 230 in November. However, Romero needed more time to heal from his five-round slugfest with Robert Whittaker. The fight was re-scheduled for UFC Fort Lauderdale last month, only for both men to eventually pull from the card.

Costa was pulled after a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation for his IV use prior to fighting Hendricks.

Now, he’ll get his chance to fight Romero at UFC 241, a card headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. The show goes down from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on August 17.

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