UFC middleweight Paulo Costa seems to be at odds along with his promoter over cash. However he’s nonetheless a fighter, and he is aware of a very good alternative.
Costa on Monday welcomed the thought of combating latest middleweight title challenger Marvin Vettori, who misplaced a rematch in opposition to champ Israel Adesanya this previous Saturday at UFC 263.
Vettori had received 5 straight earlier than the entered the octagon for a second time in opposition to Adesanya, who notched his third title protection with unanimous 50-45 scores.
Adesanya mocked Vettori for a promotional image launched previous to the battle displaying the Italian’s Venum battle shorts on backward. The 2 exchanged heated phrases on the press convention for the battle.
No much less an Adesanya rival than Vettori, Costa focused the champ on-line and in a number of interviews earlier than dropping by second-round TKO after they confronted off at UFC 253. Costa later attributed his loss to consuming an excessive amount of wine the night time earlier than the battle.
Costa hasn’t fought for the reason that loss this previous September, and a return in April was cancelled as a result of lingering signs from a earlier COVID-19 an infection. He withdrew from a subsequent reserving in opposition to Jared Cannonier, later claiming he’d been supplied “a joke” payday of $350,000 for the battle.
Current information of the lofty purses paid to Jake and Logan Paul – and their opponents – prompted Costa to declare the YouTube stars had been “displaying all shame on this enterprise.”
In response, UFC President Dana White stated Costa “ought to have began a YouTube channel whenever you had been [expletive] 13 years previous and constructed your title up” and blasted his earlier efficiency. On the press convention for UFC 263, he doubled down on his remarks.
“He stated some nutty sh*t and I straightened it out,” White stated. “That’s how I have a look at it. Feels like he’s gonna sit down and hang around for some time. He stated, ‘I wished to be paid extra due to what all of the YouTube stars are making.’ Apparently he didn’t see his final battle.”