UFC Targeting Paulo Costa vs Marvin Vettori in the Main Event of a Fight Night in October

Published 08/02/2021, 11:29 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 25: Paulo Costa of Brazil during the UFC 253 weigh-in on September 25, 2020 at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


According to reports, UFC middleweights, Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori are set to main event a UFC Fight Night card in October. The bout hasn’t been made official yet. However, it is close to being finalized.

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Costa sits at no.3 in the middleweight division. He hasn’t fought since his loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253. Vettori is coming off a loss against the champion as well. ‘The Italian Dream’ holds the no.4 spot in the rankings of the UFC’s 185 lbs division. Both fighters will look to work their way back to the no.1 contender spot yet again with a win.

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‘Borrachinha’ suffered his first loss as a professional against ‘The Last Stylebender’. He was completely outclassed in that fight and eventually got finished in the second round of the contest.

On the other hand, Vettori went the full 5-rounds against Adesanya at UFC 263 and lost a decision. But the fight was very much one-sided, and the scorecards reflected upon that fact.

Paulo Costa vs Marvin Vettori: What to expect?

Both fighters have a forward pressing style. Costa is a reckless brawler who walks down on his opponents. Vettori has a technical base with sound striking and grappling skills. As both men have good durability, fans can expect a banger when they collide.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Paulo Costa of Brazil kicks 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)

Adesanya is expected to take on former champion Robert Whittaker in a rematch next. So, the timeline of this fight is suitable for these two men as well. Also, the UFC has booked Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum to fight as well. So, maybe the winners of the two fights can battle it out in a possible no.1 contender match.

Costa, who was vocal about his displeasure on fighter pay, received some strong words from UFC President Dana White for his stunt. White trashed his last performance. Now, it remains to be seen how the Brazilian fares against ‘The Italian Dream‘.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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