BREAKING: Paulo Costa to Return to UFC Action- Will Headline Main Event on October 23

Published 09/08/2021, 10:48 PM EDT
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)


UFC middleweights Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori will go head-to-head in a UFC Fight Night main event clash on October 23. Both men were rumored to be dance partners for a while now and the fight is finally official. The MMA community is excited with the booking of the contest given the implications the fight has for the middleweight title landscape.

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Costa and Vettori are both coming off losses to Israel Adesanya in their respective title fights and it’s clear that they want to bounce back. While Costa was decisively finished, Vettori put forth a valiant display but ultimately fell short. The winner could potentially rebound in a huge way and earn his spot back to the top with a finish.

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Paulo Costa vs Marvin Vettori: An overview

Costa vs Vettori offers high-paced action in the striking realm as both men look to assert their presence inside the cage. The Brazilian is a marauding force who doesn’t take a step back, even if it’s to his detriment. On the other hand, while Vettori is known to be overzealous in his own right, he has also shown a high fight IQ in certain spots.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 13: Marvin Vettori of Italy prepares to fight Karl Roberson in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Paulo Costa displayed a mixture of brute striking offense as well as a high level of durability in his fight against You Romero. The Cuban ‘Solider of God’ was considered the gold standard litmus test in the middleweight division during his tenure. Costa passed the test with flying colors and is definitely someone who can compete at the highest level.

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As for Vettori, his title shot against Israel Adesanya at UFC 263 came off the back of some rather clinical wins. He racked up five straight wins in the division with his most notable display coming against Kevin Holland. He was able to drag Holland to the canvas at will and assert his game on the ground with relative ease.

In the event that Costa begins to overwhelm him on the feet, Marvin Vettori will be well advised to take the Brazilian down. However, this can be easier said than done especially when considering the heat with which Paulo Costa wings his shots. All in all, fans can expect an all-time barn-burner with plenty of stakes attached to it come Fight Night.

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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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