“It Is Very Disrespectful From His Side” -Marvin Vettori Releases Statement Before Paulo Costa Fight as Weight Class Gets Changed Again

Published 10/22/2021, 8:23 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: (R-L) Marvin Vettori of Italy squares off against Antonio Carlos Junior of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Paulo Costa versus Marvin Vettori was supposed to happen at 185 pounds at the middleweight division. However, Costa was not able to achieve the desired weight. The bout was then shifted to 195 pounds. But, the game of cat and mouse continues. It has now been revealed that Costa hasn’t been able to hit the 195 pounds mark as well and hence, the fight will be at 205 pounds. 

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 04: In this UFC handout, Marvin Vettori of Italy poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Any other fighter would have refused the fight because of the ever-changing decided weight on Costa’s behalf. But, Vettori has agreed to fight, although he is not too happy about it. 

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Marvin Vettori vs Paulo Costa at 205 pounds

In a video, Vettori said, “They tell me that Costa is overweight. So, first you know, they tried to say, they wanted to do 190 and 190 wasn’t enough, so 195, then 198. And then, 198 was good for a while. We signed a contract at actually 195. And then, now he comes on and says that you know, 195, he can’t make it. So, we’re up to 205.”

He further continued, “Here I am, you know, making sure we, I’m gonna give a fight to all the fans Saturday night and I won’t let this guy get away with it, you know. So, I accepted the fight. And we’re gonna f—ing do it. We’re gonna slap this mo——–er.”

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Achieving the perfect weight is taken seriously by all fighters. Making weight takes time and is not easy. With Paulo Costa missing to achieve the weight mark several times, it becomes a difficult task for Vettori. He said, “It was very disrespectful from his side, not to you know, to come in 30 pounds heavier.”

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As a result of missing weight, Costa will have to pay a penalty. Both the fighters will step into the octagon after suffering a loss against Israel Adesanya. Costa and Vettori will now fight at UFC Vegas 41 at light heavyweight instead of the middleweight division. Costa has a fight record of 13 wins and 1 loss, whereas Vettori has a record of 17 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw. 

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Fans are eager to see this bout happen and hope that the fight does not get jeopardized because of more weight issues. Who do you think will win this battle? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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