A high-stakes potential UFC middleweight title-eliminator between former title challengers, Paulo ‘The Eraser’ Costa and Marvin ‘The Italian Dream’ Vettori has officially been booked to take headlining honours at a UFC Fight Night event on October 23. — with the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada slated to host the showcase.
Hoping to rebound from a September knockout loss to current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya last year — Belo Horizonte native, Costa suffered a second round knockout defeat, dropping his first professional loss.
Also clashing with Adesanya in his last Octagon appearance, Vettori dropped a one-sided unanimous decision loss to his two-time foe in a UFC 263 headlining tilt at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona in July. The promotion officially announced the pairing this evening in a press release.
Costa, a renowned knockout artist, currently boasts a 13-1 professional résumé — scoring 11 knockout victories of note.
The 30-year-old #2 ranked contender enjoyed a five-fight undefeated streak under the UFC’s banner before his loss to Adesanya, besting Gareth McClellan, Oluwale Bamgbose, former welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks, Uriah Hall, as well as upcoming Bellator MMA debutante, Yoel Romero to earn his title challenge against Adesanya.
17-5 as a professional from 23 outings, Trento native, Vettori is a former Venator FC welterweight champion and prepares for his twelfth Octagon appearance when pitted against Costa.
The talented Kings MMA standout has managed to score nine submission wins across his career, and before his judging defeat to two-time opponent, Adesanya, managed to notch an impressive five-fight winning spree — including triumphs over Kevin Holland, Jack Hermansson, Karl Roberson, and Cezar Ferreira.
Based on the outcome of the upcoming middleweight title rematch between Adesanya and former division kingpin, Robert Whittaker early next year, the victor of Costa vs. Vettori, as well as the combination of Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier may likely find themselves awaiting the championship victor.
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