Paulo Costa Denies ‘Any Type Of Violence’ After Allegedly Elbowing Nurse Over Vaccine Card Dispute

    ByRoss Markey

    Jun 1, 2022
    Paulo Costa

    Former UFC middleweight title challenger, Paulo Costa has released an official statement and press release following an alleged physical altercation with a nurse at a vaccination clinic in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on Monday – where he is alleged to have elbowed a female nurse following a dispute after attempting to obtain a vaccination card.

    Costa, a native of the Minas Gerais region was taken to police custody where he and the victim were questioned by law enforcement officers following the alleged incident, with the 26-year-old nurse electing to file a criminal complaint against Costa. He is now expected to appear in court following his release from police custody.

    Costa is alleged to have attempted to obtain a vaccine card proving his immunization against COVID-19, without actually receiving a vaccine providing him immunization. It is alleged that when Costa attempted to leave the vaccine clinic with the vaccine card in two, a nurse attempted to prevent him leaving, and whilst allegedly breaking free, elbowed the nurse in her mouth. 

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    “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 elbow.” 

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    Releasing a statement via press release this Wednesday evening, Costa and his team deny “any type of violence” in relation to the alleged incident, as well as claiming reports circulating were sensationalized.

    “The recent articles published by the media involving athlete Paulo Costa – ‘Borrachinha’ referring to what happened in a shopping mall in the city of Contagem/MG (Minas Gerais) generation questions, so we must present some clarifications.” The statement posted by Costa on his official Instagram read.

    “First, tending to sensationalism, these are reckless and inconsistent.”

    “The athlete Paulo Costa – ‘Borrachinha’ and his entire team reject any type of violence.”

    “‘Borrachinha’ is a high-performance professional athlete, full time dedicated to training, to following the rules, guidelines, and disciplines according his (sic) philosophy and human conduct this kind of allegations are completely incompatible with his history and way of life.”“The accusations and facts narrated do not reflect the reality of what happened.”

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    “The fact will be carefully investigated and the appropriate legal measures for their perfect clarification will be taken.”

    “The technical and legal team of athlete Paulo Costa – ‘Borrachinha’ also inform that they will be available for further clarifications.” 

    Paulo Costa is expected to fight at UFC 278 on August 20.

    At the time of publication, the UFC have yet to officially yet to confirm Costa’s next Octagon outing, however, the Brazilian is expected to return at UFC 278 on August 20. in Salt Lake City against former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold.