Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa 2021: Record, Net Worth, Salary and Endorsements

Paulo Costa is arguably the most dangerous middleweight of this generation. The Brazilian fighter started his MMA career on the regional circuits of Brazil and eventually fought his way to the UFC. Costa started training in Muay Thai to learn self-discipline, as he often found himself getting involved in street fights.

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)

'Borrachinha' began training under his older brother, who was also a mixed martial artist. He joined a Jiu-Jitsu gym but had to leave it after his father passed away. However, 'Borrachinha' returned to the gym after some time.


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Besides that, he got involved in real estate and taught Microsoft Excel and Word to support his mother. As of 2021, sits at #2 in UFC middleweight rankings.

The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3

Paulo Costa first appeared in the third season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Although he won his first bout, 'The Eraser' lost his next fight via a split decision to Marcio Alexandre Jr. Fortunately for him, this loss does not appear on his pro record as it was considered an exhibition match.

Paulo Costa: UFC Career

Paulo Costa did not let the setback from TUF define his career. The middleweight continued racking up victories and went on an eight-fight win streak before joining the UFC. It is surprising that Costa has just six fights in the UFC. Yet his popularity has reached a superstar level.

Costa put himself on the map after decimating former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 217. He then stopped Uriah Hall in his tracks and out-muscled Yoel Romero in the following year. His last bout was against Israel Adesanya, where he suffered his first-ever professional loss via technical knockout at UFC 253.

Now, he will face Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori on October 23, 2021. He holds a record of 5-1 in his UFC career.

Paulo Costa: Fighting Style

Paulo Costa has an explosive style of fighting. Right off the bat, he puts a tremendous amount of pressure on his opponents. The Brazilian walks his opponents down and lands devastating body strikes that ultimately lead to openings. Besides his fight with Yoel Romero, he has never seen the judges' scorecards in his pro career.

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)

Costa might not be the most accurate striker, but every strike he throws is meant to hurt the opposition. He throws a lot of those strikes in the opening rounds. However, this style of fighting has its own drawbacks. As Costa's cardio fades away as the fight progresses, it becomes very difficult for him to put the same pace as the first round.

Paulo Costa: Achievements

Costa is a former 'Face to Face' and 'Jungle' middleweight champion. He has won two 'Performance of the Night' bonuses in the UFC against Uriah Hall and Garreth McLellan and one 'Fight of the Night' bonus against Yoel Romero.

Apart from that, he is also a Mineiro Champion in BJJ. He holds a proud record of 13-1-0 in his MMA career.

Paulo Costa: Net Worth and Salary 2021

Costa is relatively new to the sport. However, he has received a decent amount of money for his fights. Overall, he has made over $862,166.67 in his UFC career according to The Sports Daily. This does not include undisclosed bonuses and other sources of income.

As of 2021, he has an estimated net worth of over $1 million, according to Media Referee.


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Paulo Costa: Controversies

In November 2017, USADA suspended Costa for six months for using an IV to rehydrate on two separate occasions. The Brazilian blamed his doctor, who was then handed a two-year suspension.

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NicknamesThe Eraser, Borrachinha
BornApril 21, 1991
HometownState of Minas Gerais, Brazil
GymTeam Borracha
Height6 ft 1 in
Weight / Division185 lbs / Middleweight
Reach72 in
Leg Reach39.5 in
Active Win Streak0
Wins by Stoppages12 (11 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission)
Net Worth$1 Million
Marital StatusUnknown


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