BREAKING: Marvin Vettori vs. Paulo Costa Weight Class Changed Again as Paulo Costa Fails to Make 195 Pounds

Published 10/22/2021, 3:45 AM EDT


The saga of Marvin Vettori vs. Paulo Costa seems never-ending.

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Both fighters were scheduled to fight at middleweight at UFC Fight Night 196, but that is not the case anymore. Costa, at media day, announced that he was way above the weight limit. On Wednesday, his weight was 211 pounds, and he said he won’t be able to make weight for a middleweight bout.

After many discussions, the fight was changed to a 195 catchweight bout. However, according to the latest reports, it will go down as a light heavyweight fight.

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This is the second time the fighters have agreed to change the weight class, and this change comes just 24 hours before the weigh-ins. It was revealed that Costa will also give up 20 percent of his purse to Vettori because he didn’t make weight.

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Vettori looked on the path to make the weight for a middleweight bout, but he has been game about the whole situation. ‘The Italian Dream’ was the first one to break the news of Costa being overweight. He has also constantly said that he’ll fight at any weight, so it will be interesting to how his game plan changes now that the fight has been shifted to 205 pounds.

Both fighters trying to make weight

Since the announcement of the fight taking place at catchweight, both fighters have put in the effort to make the weight.

Paulo Costa posted a video of himself on Twitter. He was in a portable sauna and said he was cutting weight but didn’t like that too much. Along with the video, he wrote, “Stop Changes.”

This prompted an immediate response from his opponent, Marvin Vettori. The Italian commented on the video and said, “F**k you pussy 195 contract is signed. See you Saturday B**ch.”

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Vettori also posted a video on his Instagram, giving an explanation to the fans about the situation. He said, “I won’t let this guy get away with it. I’m gonna slap this motherf**ker. I’m gonna f**king beat him.” 

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How do you guys see the fight going down? Will it make a difference in the middleweight scheme of things? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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