Paulo Costa is set to meet fellow middleweight Robert Whittaker at UFC 284 in February in Perth, Australia, but “Borrachinha” now says he doesn’t have a deal in place for the fight.
Costa, who has become one of the most vocal fighters on the UFC roster today, slammed his current contract earlier this month. The former UFC middleweight title challenger initially thought he had fought out his contract with a win over Luke Rockhold at UFC 278, but Costa officially has one fight remaining on his deal. He may not like the current financial terms of said contract, but the Brazilian knockout artist is locked in nonetheless.
That brings us to Costa’s upcoming matchup with Whittaker at UFC 284 in February. UFC officials announced the booking in late October in a bid to bolster the card for the promotion’s return to Australia. At this point, fight fans assumed the contracts were in place and every party was on board. That doesn’t appear to be the case, at least according to Costa.
On Thursday, Costa traveled to Twitter to explain that he doesn’t have a finalized contract to fight Whittaker in February. It’s hard to take what Costa says at face value, especially since he’s unhappy with his contract terms, but the UFC has taken the plunge with these sorts of associations in the past. Perhaps they announced the match before working out the details with Costa. Who knows.
Hey guys, I’m here again to state the obvious. I don’t agree to fight in Perth Many fans send their regards for this fight but IT’S NOT FOR REAL, anyway see you soon in mma or boxing pic.twitter.com/Ieu68Nff4H
— Paulo Costa (Borrachinha) (@BorrachinhaMMA) November 18, 2022
“Hey guys I’m here again to state the obvious. I don’t agree to fight in Perth A lot of fans send their regards for this fight but IT’S NOT FOR REAL anyway see you soon in mma or boxing.
Costa, 31, ended a two-fight losing streak with his recent decision win over Rockhold. Despite being one of the top contenders in the UFC’s ever-evolving middleweight division, Costa has previously hinted at a potential crossover with boxing once his current contract expires. It might not be the best move given his worth in mixed martial arts (MMA), but Costa seems like the type of fighter to follow the almighty dollar.
We’ll have to wait and see if anything changes with Costa’s already scheduled meeting with Whittaker at UFC 284 in Perth.
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