Paulo Costa is going to need to see some changes to keep him in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
A perennial contender in the 185-pound middleweight ranks, Costa is currently leading a big Fight of the Night unanimous decision victory over Luke Rockhold at UFC 278 in August 2022 (see highlights). Although he believes the fight may have been the last of his contract, Costa later revealed that he still has one more to rule out before he can test free agency.
Today (Wednesday, November 2, 2022), “Borrachinha” took to Twitter, expressing that his contract has an upcoming expiration date that will keep him away from mixed martial arts (MMA). Costa is surely referring to his newly scheduled fight against former UFC titleholder Robert Whittaker on Feb. 12, 2023, at UFC 284.
“My miserable contract with the UFC ended in a few months,” Costa said. tweeted. “will expire in time. A new #boxer is coming to town! [hands up emoji]”
This isn’t the first time Costa has shared his interest in boxing due to his better earnings compared to MMA. If Costa can enter negotiations with a second big win in a row, he should definitely have better leverage with the UFC instead of being on a two-fight skid like he was before facing Rockhold.
Still at the peak of his career, the 31-year-old Costa has been a finishing machine throughout his 16-fight run. It wasn’t until the Brazilian’s 13th professional fight against Yoel Romero that he saw the judges’ scorecards, securing knockout wins in 11 of his first 12 victories.
Costa doesn’t quite fit the list of opponents for a Jake Paul type – which he’s mentioned in the past – but he’d probably be better suited for a boxing run than most names seen jumping from sport to sport. the other in 2022.
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