Paulo Costa, a middleweight contender in the UFC, thinks his next opponent must be Khamzat Chimaev.
‘The Eraser’ just defeated Luke Rockhold by unanimous decision last month. For the Brazilian, the victory was significant because he had suffered back-to-back defeats. Costa had lost two consecutive matches to Marvin Vettori and Israel Adesanya.
Paulo Costa now has one fight left on his UFC contract, and he wants to fight Khamzat Chimaev in it. The middleweight Brazilian is hoping that by provoking Chimaev long enough, he will snap and choose to fight at 185 pounds.
The Brazilian came close to engaging in another fight just a few weeks after earning his previous victory. not in the cage, but rather at the UFC Performance Institute. Costa and Khamzat Chimaev got into a heated argument during UFC 279 fight week.
The Las Vegas pay-per-view was supposed to feature "Borz," but that didn't happen. Chimaev was significantly overweight for his main-event matchup with Nate Diaz. As a result, Tony Ferguson was promoted, and he was moved down to the co-main event against Kevin Holland.
Chimaev, his coach, and Dana White all said after the fight that he would continue to fight at middleweight.
Paulo Costa. During an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, the Brazilian talked about the fight. Costa said there that he is the one who should be credited for stealing Chimaev's limelight.
He said “I think, Chimaev [is the fight to make], yeah.” stated Paulo Costa. “I stole some of his hype, I stole his night of sleep, I stole his cap, I stole his main event fight, I stole everything. Chimaev, you need to do something. Motherf*cker, I stole everything that you had! Everything that you had. I stole your night’s sleep, I stole your weigh-in, I stole everything.”
He continued, “You are stupid, you’re so crazy… I think I need to fight that guy. For sure [I’m the reason he missed weight]. Because he became so angry, so stressed, he gave up. He missed weight by eight pounds, almost nine, he gave up for sure.”
What do you make of Paulo Costa’s comments on the ‘Wolf’ and do you think a fight between them will take place?