Luke Rockhold Calls Paulo Costa A ‘F***ing R**ard’- Destroys Him in Vicious Rant

Published 03/02/2021, 12:48 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 25: Paulo Costa of Brazil during the UFC 253 weigh-in on September 25, 2020 at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Paulo Costa was looking like the next big thing in the Middleweight division. After making his way to a title fight as an unbeaten fighter, Costa saw himself get demolished by Israel Adesanya.

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Izzy and Costa built a bitter rivalry, so the loss hasn’t sat well with Costa ever since it happened. Costa released a statement in which he claimed that he was hungover after having consumed a bottle of wine ahead of the Adesanya fight.

This excuse has been widely ridiculed, and people have been attacking Costa in return. One of those people is former Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold.

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Rockhold went off on Costa in an interview with Submission Radio and called it ‘the dumbest thing he has ever heard.’

“Costa stupid. Talking about getting drunk off wine. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever f***ing heard. F***ing r**ard. It’s just like shut up and stop making excuses like that. That’s just far-fetched. It’s dumb, it’s pretty f**ing dumb.”

Rockhold is preparing to return to the UFC after a rough couple of fights. He lost to Jan Blachowicz last and plans on making a comeback to the sport. While a fight with Costa is unlikely, there is a nice story building here.

Paulo Costa: Heading into his next fight with the right mentality?

Paulo Costa already has his next opponent booked in former champion Robert Whittaker. While Whittaker could just hold off for a title shot after his last 2 wins, he is risking it all against Costa. However, it doesn’t seem like Paulo is heading into the bout with the right mentality.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Paulo Costa of Brazil punches Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

He has a fight to look forward to, so making excuses for a fight that he lost last September doesn’t do him any good. Beating Whittaker could earn him an instant rematch, so his focus should be there.

However, with Adesanya leaving the division to face Jan at 205 pounds, Costa is probably angsty about missing his chance at re-matching Izzy.

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It doesn’t look like Adesanya is interested in a rematch with either Whittaker or Costa. If he wants to continue conquering new heights, he may have to leave his 185-pound belt behind. But it still looks like Costa would have to overcome blocks within himself to get to that title.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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