One-time UFC middleweight title challenger, Paulo Costa has claimed that he is no longer interested in fighting if he does not receive an immediate rematch against Marvin Vettori – whom he has asked the organization to pair him with next.
Costa, who forced an eventual light heavyweight pairing with the Trento native in the main event of UFC Vegas 41 back in October, suffered his second consecutive loss in the form of a unanimous decision loss in a Fight of the Year contender.
The Belo Horizonte native made massive waves during the week of his fight against Vettori, when he confirmed that he would not be making the middleweight limit for the fight with the Italian, eventually landing on an agreement to compete at the light heavyweight limit.
Following the loss, UFC president, Dana White confirmed that Costa would be making a permanent light heavyweight move in the future, however, his manager, Wallid Ismail claimed that his next outing would be at middleweight.
And now according to Costa, he has informed the UFC he is only interested in rematching Vettori next following his judging loss, maintaining that he was not interested in fighting anyone else.
“I just said to let Dana White know, I’ll fight him (Marvin Vettori) now,” Paulo Costa told AgFight “It’s the only fight that interests me. No one else interests me. Unless if it’s for the title but I’m no fool. I’m not stupid to consider (a title fight) now. I want to fight him. He’s the only viable guy that interests me. If it’s not him, I’m not even interested in fighting. I let Dana White know that.” (MMA Fighting)
Before his October loss to Vettori, Costa headlined UFC 253 in September 2020 on ‘Fight Island’ – suffering the first professional loss of his career in a one-sided second round knockout defeat against common-foe, current champion, Israel Adesanya.
Costa holds five victories during his Octagon tenure, defeating Gareth McLellan, Oluwale Bamgbose, Johny Hendricks, Uriah Hall, and Yoel Romero.