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Paulo Costa Challenges Khamzat Chimaev: 'He Has No Balls'

Costa wants Chimaev next
Paulo Costa and Khamzat Chimaev

Paulo Costa isn't mincing words when it comes to his frustrations with Khamzat Chimaev's fighting choices. The anticipated middleweight clash between the two fighters was derailed last October due to Costa's withdrawal, but now, Costa is calling out Chimaev, accusing him of avoiding challenging opponents and lacking courage.

In a scathing interview with Submission Radio, Costa didn't hold back, asserting, 

"He needs to stop running. He needs to have balls to face me."

Paulo Costa seamlessly integrates into Costa's bold statement, highlighting the intensity of the rivalry between the two fighters.

Despite Chimaev's decision to face former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 294, Costa remains adamant in his pursuit of a showdown with his rival. Reflecting on his recent loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 298, Costa acknowledges that revisiting the Chimaev fight now makes sense, especially as he aims to bounce back from defeat.

Looking ahead, Costa sets his sights on a potential matchup with Usman, recognizing the opportunity to redeem himself and regain momentum. Emphasizing Usman's skill set and potential move to middleweight, Costa sees the bout as a pivotal step towards reclaiming his status among the division's elite.

With tensions running high and both fighters hungry for redemption, a showdown between Costa and Usman promises to deliver fireworks in the octagon. As the MMA world eagerly anticipates the next chapter in these fighters' journeys, the stage is set for a thrilling clash of titans.

In the competitive landscape of mixed martial arts, where rivalries fuel excitement and determination drive success, Paulo Costa's bold callout of Khamzat Chimaev marks a pivotal moment in the middleweight division. As the countdown to their potential showdown begins, fans can expect nothing short of electrifying action inside the cage.


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