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Paulo Costa teases move to boxing after the expiry of "miserable" UFC contract

With his UFC contract shortly coming to an end, Paulo Costa has made suggestions that he would transition to boxing. Costa referred to his current deal with the Dana White-led UFC as "miserable," but he predicted that it would "expire in time."

Due in part to his shenanigans on social media, "Borrachinha" is currently one of the most well-liked fighters on the roster. The Brazilian was regarded as a bland boxer before his defeat to Israel Adesanya. Costa's attempt to win the world title was unsuccessful, but the MMA community has taken a renewed interest in his career.

At UFC 278 versus Luke Rockhold, Costa last competed in one of the year's most exciting bouts. When the battle was over, both men had been wounded and bloodied. Costa won by unanimous decision to claim the Fight of the Night prize in this match.

Although following the utilization of media week by both Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold to draw attention to various problems with the UFC's pay structure, UFC 278 was marked by discussions concerning athlete salary. ‘The Eraser' revealed he has one bout left on his contract at his post-fight news conference. On the largest stage in MMA, he nevertheless stated that he is dissatisfied with his contract and is "looking forward" to being unsigned.

He recently tweeted:

Because boxing offers larger compensation than MMA, Costa has expressed interest in the sport on numerous occasions. Costa should have more negotiating power with the UFC if he can enter talks with a second consecutive major victory as compared to entering the Rockhold bout on a two-fight losing streak.

Costa, 31, has been a lethal finisher throughout his 16-fight run while still at the peak of his career. After winning 11 of his first 12 fights via knockout, the Brazilian didn't see the judges' scores until his 13th professional contest against Yoel Romero.

One can understand why "Borrachinha" is considering endeavors elsewhere, even though many admirers wish the Brazilian agrees to a new contract. Costa received a pitiful $65,000 to take against Rockhold and an additional $65,000 for victory. The American, in contrast, earned a flat $200,000 despite the defeat.

At UFC 284, Paulo Costa will make his final outing under his current contract. The Brazilian will compete against Robert Whittaker, a former middleweight champion.


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