Paulo Costa Reveals the Real Reason Why He Weighed in at 205-Pounds to Face Marvin Vettori

Published 10/24/2021, 7:00 AM EDT


Former UFC middleweight title contender, Paulo Costa spoke to the media following his unanimous decision defeat to Marvin Vettori. The Brazilian went all-out trying to find the finish, however, at the end of five rounds, he was technically outdone by Vettori. Marvin Vettori showed why he looks to be the future of the middleweight division by fighting a smart fight.

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This fight came in with its fair share of controversy as the contracted bout took place at light heavyweight and not middleweight, as scheduled. Paulo Costa revealed on fight week that wouldn’t be able to get down and make the 185-pound limit. The bout was changed to a 195-pound catchweight and was finally changed to a light heavyweight showdown.

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Why did Paulo Costa fail to come in on weight?

Costa made an appearance at the post-fight presser to face the music about his unprofessionalism on fight week. ‘The Eraser’ revealed that he had suffered a torn left bicep in training and sat out a few precious weeks of training camp. Without looking to blame the injury, Paulo Costa indicated that his absence from the gym during those crucial days lead to him missing weight.

“The only problem is that I lost this fight so it will look like an excuse. Nothing, I not have excuse to nothing, I did a good job there, Marvin as well. Congratulations to him and to me I think.”

“But I had some problems to not come in here with my usual weight. I came in a little bit higher weight because I need to stop some weeks of training. My left bicep [injury]”

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Paulo Costa managed to save face by putting on a show for the fans when he faced Vettori under the bright lights. Costa tagged ‘The Italian Dream’ several times with vicious body shots and also landed a flush head kick that rocked him. However, at the end of the day, it proved to be too little as Vettori picked up the UD and is back in the win column after an impressive display.

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Fans will be waiting to see where Paulo Costa goes from here. Do you see him fighting at light heavyweight for the remainder of his career?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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