Who Should Anderson Silva Fight in His UFC Return?

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was vindicated by USADA this week after the organization proved a recent failed drug test was due to a contaminated substance. Silva is now free to fight as of October 2018. With the UFC needing stars who…

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was vindicated by USADA this week after the organization proved a recent failed drug test was due to a contaminated substance. Silva is now free to fight as of October 2018. With the UFC needing stars who can headline shows, the return of “The Spider” is huge. Now the […]

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Paulo Costa Sounds Off On PED Accusations

Paulo Costa wasn’t happy when an unlikely sports star called him out for using ********.

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Hulking No. 8 UFC middleweight Paulo Costa recently picked up arguably his biggest win by knocking out veteran Uriah Hall on the preliminary card of July 7’s UFC 226 from Vegas.

With it came a decent amount of speculation – and criticism – due to the 12-0 rising star’s unreal physique.

One such critic was surfing legend Kelly Slater, of all people, who recently commented on an Instagram post from the UFC that Costa was similar to former UFC fighter Cung Le, who was drug tested and eventually falsely busted for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) after a photo of him looking especially ripped before his fight with Michael Bisping surfaced online.

If you ask Slater, Costa makes even “The Soldier of God” look small:

Costa replied to Slater about his slight to MMA Fighting, saying that Slater simply didn’t know how the UFC’s anti-doping policy with USADA works, as he’s been tested 19 times since 2017 and has passed each one:

“Kelly Slater talked too much, said stupid things. He doesn’t understand how the anti-doping system works in the UFC, he doesn’t know how USADA works, doesn’t understand the USADA policy of testing any fighter at any moment anywhere in the world, blood and urine.

”We do random tests all the time, so if someone says a UFC fighter is fighting on the juice, to me that someone is completely ignorant about MMA, UFC, antidoping and USADA.”

The fearsome knockout artist dove into detail about the public perception of him just based on his looks, adding that they suggested he cheated instead of putting in the work for his achievements:

“It does bother me because people talk without knowing,” Costa said. “They judge me because I have a good physique, an excellent condition, and think I got this by cheating instead of hard work, diet, effort and sacrifice. I keep working really hard, so it bothers me because they diminish my work and effort. But I know where my results come from, so my conscience is clear.”

A big fight almost certainly on the horizon for him, “The Eraser” recently shot down fellow rising star Israel Adesanya’s callout after “The Last Stylebender” beat Brad Tavares in the TUF 27 Finale headliner. He’d rather have a fight with former champ Chris Weidman, however, as it would raise his ranking higher.

But in his eyes, both Weidman and Adesanya would most likely be knocked out, as he believes he’s the most powerful striker at middleweight – and perhaps even light heavy:

“I asked for a fight with Weidman because he’s ranked higher,” Costa said. “Fans might wanna see me fight Adesanya because we’re two exciting fighters. Adesanya is a striker and so am I, and that’s what fans like. We’re both undefeated. If I were a fan I would also like to see that fight, but the best scenario possible is a fight with Weidman. Not because it’s the easier fight, but because it takes me higher.

“I still believe I’m the most powerful striker in my division. Dare I say, even at light heavyweight,” Costa continued, adding that he’s open to moving up to 205 pounds one day in the future. “I’m sure that if I fought Adesanya he would get knocked out, I believe in the first round. Weidman has good chances of being knocked out as well.”

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Paulo Costa Wants Fight With Former Champion Next

Paulo Costa is aiming for the sky in his next UFC match.

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Israel Adesanya wants a fight with Paulo Costa next, but the 27-year-old Brazilian has his eyes on a bigger stage.

Adesanya recently scored a dominant victory over Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 Finale last week. After the fight, he said he wanted the winner of Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall the following night at UFC 226. Costa won that fight via second-round TKO.

The victory extended his undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) record to 12-0. Adesanya said he’d like to fight Costa next, but UFC President Dana White said he’d like to avoid that for the time being.

Instead, Costa told MMA Junkie that he’s much more focused on a fight with former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (quotes via Bloody Elbow):

“The first time I heard his name was on Friday when he fought,” said Costa. “People asked me about this fight, and I said I don’t know this guy. But if the people want this fight, let’s make this fight.

“My priority is Chris Weidman. He’s a former champion, he’s very famous in the world, and he’s higher ranked. But I’m a fighter, and the UFC decides. (UFC President) Dana White decides. I’m here to make the biggest and the greatest fights. So if he wants it and everybody wants it, I’ll fight Israel.”

Weidman hasn’t fought in a year since submitting Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25. During that win, Weidman suffered an injury and has been sidelined ever since.

Gastelum has since earned his way into a middleweight title fight by defeating Jacare Souza, leaving Weidman without a dance partner for his return to the Octagon. Perhaps Costa will get his wish after all, but will the former champ want a more well-known foe?

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Paulo Costa Open To Israel Adesanya Fight

There are currently two young prospects shining in the UFC’s middleweight division – Paulo Costa and Israel Adesanya. The 27-year-old Brazilian, Costa, is currently undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. He has racked up 12-stra…

There are currently two young prospects shining in the UFC’s middleweight division – Paulo Costa and Israel Adesanya. The 27-year-old Brazilian, Costa, is currently undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. He has racked up 12-straight wins and his latest victory really turned some heads. Costa defeated Uriah Hall at UFC 226 earlier this […]

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Rising Contender Eyes Fight With Chris Weidman At UFC 230

There is one rising contender who has called out Chris Weidman for an upcoming fight.

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There is one rising contender who has called out Chris Weidman for an upcoming fight.

That contender is Paulo Costa, who is coming off a big win over Uriah Hall on the preliminary portion of the UFC 226 pay-per-view event this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a result of this fight, it marked his fourth straight fight in the UFC with all of those wins coming by knockout or TKO. He has never been past the second round while under the UFC banner.

There were man fight fans that believed Costa would fight Israel Adesanya, who is fresh off a unanimous-decision win over vet Brad Tavares in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale the night prior to UFC 226. However, Costa made it clear that he didn’t know who Adesanya is.

“I don’t know who (he is),” Costa (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) told MMAjunkie after his win over Hall (13-9 MMA, 6-7 UFC). “I think when he comes to (the) top 10 or top five … I can think about him.”

Instead, Costa has his sights set on a showdown with former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at the upcoming UFC 230 pay-per-view event.

“This is just one more victory on my way to the world title,” Costa said, according to the UFC. “Now I want to face a top fighter. I want to fight Chris Weidman. No one in this division can win against me. I’m the most powerful middleweight, and I’m showing that in every fight. Uriah had very good timing and connected the jabs, but I knew he would not be able to handle my power. I’m ready for the next battle.”

“Let’s fight,” Costa said. “Let’s make a great fight in his hometown in November to see who deserves to go to the next title shot in November, after (Kelvin) Gastelum.”

The UFC 229 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York City. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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Six Biggest Takeaways From An Insane UFC 226

Check out the six biggest takeaways from last night’s blockbuster UFC 226:

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UFC 226 was the crown jewel of this year’s International Fight Week. The landmark event delivered on every level – except for one horrific fight – despite losing the co-main event just days prior.

The fact that Max Holloway was supposed to defend the featherweight title against Brian Ortega last evening is an afterthought that no one is talking about; that’s how awesome UFC 226 was.

Dana White went so far as to say it could’ve been the best offering in the history of the UFC if the card would’ve stayed intact. Regardless, UFC 226 had something for everyone, from big knockouts to a slick “Showtime” submission, and finally, the return of Brock Lesnar.

So now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, let’s take a look at the six biggest takeaways from UFC 226.

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Paulo Costa Is Brazil’s Next Big Star

Brazil has had more than their fair share of combat sports legends.

Royce Gracie, Anderson Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Shogun Rua, and Lyoto Machida, amongst others, all had tremendous careers inside the octagon and went on to capture UFC gold, and there’s no doubt Silva will take his rightful place in the HOF as soon as he hangs em’ up despite two recent drug test failures.

The latest in a long lineage of Brazilian phenoms, Paulo “Borrachinha” Costa. The undefeated middleweight destroyer will be leaving Las Vegas with another victory, as he looked incredible against Uriah Hall. Costa improved to 12-0 as he landed body blow after body blow, finally overwhelming a game Hall in the process.

“Borrachinha”, however, did show some holes in his stand-up game. Costa was far too willing to trade with the faster fighter, and Hall continually found a home for his lead jab. Oddly enough, “Borrachinha” means “The Eraser” when translated in English; if the 27-year old can “Erase” the holes in his stand-up game, he could become Brazil’s next big MMA star.

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