Paulo Costa has reportedly been arrested in his native Belo Horizonte, Brazil – after an altercation with a nurse at a vaccination clinic resulted in her allegedly suffering swelling to her lips after she was struck with an elbow by the UFC middleweight contender.
Costa, 31, is alleged to have entered the vaccination clinic in his native Belo Horizonte in order to obtain a vaccine card proving immunization against COVID-19, however, per an initial report by outlet, G1 Globo, the Brazilian attempted to obtain the card without actually receiving a vaccination which would provide him with immunization.
Paulo Costa is alleged to have elbowed a nurse as he attempted to leave a vaccination clinic
The #4 ranked UFC middleweight contender maintained that he was, in fact, vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, however, when he attempted to leave the vaccination clinic with a vaccine card, staff prevented him from leaving, claiming he had not received immunization, resulting in a nurse allegedly being elbowed in the face.
“The card was filled out,” Municipal Guard, Marco Mota said. “The workers said that, at the time of application, he (Paulo Costa) did not accept to be vaccinated, he wanted to leave with the card and they did not accept it. At that moment, a nurse was elbowed.”
“He (Paulo Costa) said he got the vaccine, but the nurses didn’t let him go out with the card,” Mota continued as he described Paulo Costa’s version of alleged events. “He said it generated stress, he took the card and left. At that moment, a nurse grabbed him by the arm and he broke free. He doesn’t speak (of) elbow.”
Costa was reportedly booked into the Contagem Duty Police Station following the alleged incident, however, has since been released from police custody.
In his most recent Octagon appearance, Costa headlined UFC Vegas 41 back in November of last year against fellow middleweight contender, Marvin Vettori, suffering a unanimous decision loss in a light heavyweight main event.
Whilst not officially confirmed by the organization, the Brazilian is expected to return at UFC 278 on August 20. in Salt Lake City against the returning former middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold.