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.

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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.

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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.

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Michael Bisping Compares Paulo Costa To “Vitor Belfort On Steroids”

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping has compared Paulo Costa’s size at UFC Vegas 41 to that of his bitter rival Vitor Belfort “on steroids.” The lead-up to this past weekend’s main event wasn’t without controversy. Costa was scheduled to meet fellow former title challenger Marvin Vettori in a middleweight contest on the Apex’s 41st […]

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Former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping has compared Paulo Costa’s size at UFC Vegas 41 to that of his bitter rival Vitor Belfort “on steroids.”

The lead-up to this past weekend’s main event wasn’t without controversy. Costa was scheduled to meet fellow former title challenger Marvin Vettori in a middleweight contest on the Apex’s 41st Fight Night card. After revealing his size and inability to make the 186-pound limit during fight week, the bout was first moved to a 195-pound catchweight, before being bumped up again to light heavyweight.

Despite many criticizing Costa’s conduct, the seemingly light 20% purse penalty, and suggesting Vettori should have refused to face “The Eraser,” both men delivered a thrilling brawl in Saturday’s headliner. While he appeared to tire early, Costa maintained his power and hard-hitting style until the 25th minute. But while he found some success and hit Vettori with some clean shots, it was “The Italian Dream” who pushed the pace and landed at a higher volume. After five rounds, Vettori was awarded a unanimous decision victory.

Costa Reminds Bisping Of An Old Rival

Whilst many have continued to slam Costa in the aftermath of the memorable Fight of the Year contender, UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping has made sure to credit “Borrachinha” for his performance on the night.

However, he also didn’t forget to give the Brazilian the criticism he deserved after the way he acted in the days leading up to his contest with Vettori. Speaking during an appearance on The MMA Hour this week, “The Count” described the weight debacle as “inexcusable.”

“I take my hat off to both of them. What an incredible fight… Regarding the weight-cutting thing, I’m always hard on people who don’t make weight. There’s only two things we can control, you turn up in shape, and on weight. If you’re not doing that, you’re not fulfilling your contractual and your professional obligations. You’re disrespecting the sport, you’re disrespecting your opponent, your team, and you’re disrespecting yourself as well.

“I like Paulo. I’m a fan of his and the way he carries himself, I have no issue with him. But that whole debacle was kind of inexcusable. He wasn’t apologetic, he didn’t really care, it was 195 (pounds) then it was 205. It’s not what you wanna see. It was very regrettable. But, it’s in the past and Marvin got the win anyway. Had he been beaten, I think I’d feel differently and I think a lot of people, especially Marvin, would feel differently.”

Bisping went on to laud both Costa and Vettori for putting on an entertaining fight. The Englishman especially praised the Italian for withstanding the powerful shots Costa was landing. Commenting on the Brazilian’s size and strength, Bisping compared “The Eraser” to “Vitor Belfort on steroids.”

“He [Vettori] got the win, and he got the win in an incredible fight. I mean, how Marvin Vettori took those shots, took that head kick. Costa was ripping to the body. of course, Vettori out landed him, he was working busier, but the big, nasty, disgusting shots that echoed around the bloody Apex when they landed, all belonged to Costa. And he looked gigantic in there. Marvin’s a big guy, he’s a big, strong, scary dude, but Costa looked like the Incredible Hulk, he almost looked like Vitor Belfort on steroids… he was scary, but Marvin took all those shots and never took a backward step pretty much. I have so much respect for both men.”

Bisping and Belfort had a well-documented feud. The pair collided in the Octagon at UFC on FX 7. In the main event, “The Phenom” finished “The Count” with a brutal head kick in the second round. As a result, Bisping suffered a detached retina, which has led to further eye complications in the years since.

Bisping’s issue with Belfort derives from the fact the Brazilian was using testosterone replacement therapy at the time of their fight. The former 185-pound champ has previously slammed his former opponent for, in his mind, cheating and gaining an unfair advantage in order to hurt people.

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Robert Whittaker To Paulo Costa: “You’re A Bloody Mess, Mate”

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker has slammed fellow contender Paulo Costa for his “garbage” weight issues during UFC Vegas 41 fight week, branding him a “bloody mess.” After over a year away from action following his title fight defeat to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 last September, Costa returned to the cage in last […]

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Former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker has slammed fellow contender Paulo Costa for his “garbage” weight issues during UFC Vegas 41 fight week, branding him a “bloody mess.”

After over a year away from action following his title fight defeat to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 last September, Costa returned to the cage in last weekend’s main event. Inside the UFC Apex, “The Eraser” faced fellow former title challenger Marvin Vettori. In a largely competitive five-round affair, both men put up a grueling pace and entertained the fans with a Fight of the Year contender.

With a higher volume, impressive stamina, and formidable chin, Vettori visibly had the edge, something which was reflected on the scorecards. Having lost to Adesanya himself at UFC 263 in June, “The Italian Dream” immediately rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over Costa.

Despite showing glimpses of the power he possesses and the danger he poses every time he enters the cage, last week’s event did nothing to boost the already faltering popularity of Costa within the MMA community, and likely the UFC. Costa’s performance against Adesanya did some damage. Not only was the performance bizarre, but the Brazilian laid the blame on a boozy night of wine drinking ahead of his title opportunity.

Making no attempts to redeem himself, “Borrachinha” withdrew from a scheduled fight with Jared Cannonier earlier this year citing fighter pay issues. Given his prior antics, not many, including Dana White, believed he had a right to complain. To compound the damage already done, Costa entered UFC Vegas 41 fight week nearly 30 pounds over the middleweight limit. After then failing to make the agreed upon 195-pound catchweight bout, the headlining fight was bumped to light heavyweight.

While his behavior certainly irked the promotion and the fans, many fighters have also spoken out against Costa’s conduct. The latest to do so is Robert Whittaker. Speaking during an appearance on Fox Sports’ Fight Week, the New Zealand-born Australian questioned why fighters have contracts if they can turn up and demand a weight class change.

“Honestly, it’s just complete bullshit… it was garbage,” he said. “Why have contracts and rules and sign dotted lines for anything if you’re just going to go up and do whatever you want?”

Whittaker added that Costa’s professionalism wouldn’t have been acceptable at local shows, yet alone in the UFC. The former 185-pound champ praised Vettori for accepting the bout, but described Costa’s actions as a “mess.”

“I know amateur fighters who fight on local scenes with 100 people that watch who have more professionalism than he showed on the weekend.

“You could see he wasn’t going to make it, they made catchweight days prior because they knew he wasn’t going to make it. He didn’t make the catchweight, so they had to bump it up again… Hats of to Vettori for taking that fight like a stud, keeping the card alive. And Costa, you’re a bloody mess mate.” 

Whittaker will no doubt display the expected level of professionalism when he returns to action next year. After a delay due to COVID-19 restrictions, “The Reaper” is set to challenge Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 271 on February 12. “The Last Stylebender” dethroned Whittaker in 2019. The former champ will be looking to exact his revenge when they enter the Octagon together for the second time.

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