Paulo Costa To Forfeit Percentage of Money To Marvin Vettori For Missing Weight

Published 10/21/2021, 10:50 AM EDT


UFC middleweight, Paulo Costa on the media day in the lead-up to his fight against Marvin Vettori announced that he will not make the weight. According to him, his weight right now is around 96 kilos (211 pounds). He won’t be able to cut it down to 185 pounds before the fight.

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Vettori in the press conference said that he’s ready to fight at any weight and doesn’t want the fight to be scrapped. Both fighters in an interview after the media day verbally agreed to fight at 195 pounds. According to UFC officials, the promotion has decided to go ahead with the fight, but the decision on weight is yet to be taken.

Costa, however, will have to give up some percentage of his purse. The percentage is undisclosed. According to MMA reporter Aaron Bronsteter, “Am told that Paulo Costa will forfeit a yet to be disclosed percentage of his purse to Marvin Vettori for their bout being contested at a catchweight.”

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‘Borrachinha’ missed the weight by 25 pounds, which will be a UFC record if the fight goes through. Rafael Alves holds the record for the biggest margin for a weight miss. He exceeded the weight limit by 11.5 pounds for his fight against Patrick Sabatini. That bout was eventually scrapped.

Consequences for missing weight

UFC, like all MMA organizations, takes the matter of missing weight seriously. If the bout takes place at catchweight, the fighter who misses the weight has to give up a percentage of his purse to his opponent. Generally, it is 20 percent, 30 percent in case the margin is bigger.

A lot of fighters in their careers have missed weight. And have had to give up a percentage of their purse. The latest one to go through this was Jared Gooden. For his welterweight bout against Randy Brown at UFC Fight Night 194, Gooden weighed 174 pounds. That was three pounds over the limit. He had to give up 20 percent of his purse to Brown.

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Brown wasn’t happy about the amount deducted and asked for it to be increased to 50 percent.

It will be interesting to see how much percentage will Costa have to give up, as he’s missed the weight by a whopping 25 pounds.

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How much percentage do you guys think Paulo Costa should give up? 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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