Paulo Costa

The Eraser

Brazil

Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 4/23/2022
Could be out for six months
MiddleweightUFC
Out
October 27, 2021
Costa is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Costa will need clearance by a doctor on his right foot and left eye if he hopes to get back in the Octagon again before late April. Costa will hope to avenge his loss against Marvin Vettori this past weekend.
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Drops main event to Marvin Vettori
MiddleweightUFC
Out
October 23, 2021
Costa lost to Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (46-48, 46-48, 46-48) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
And thus ends one of the strangest fights in recent memory. This bout was originally scheduled to take place at 185 pounds, but Costa announced in the middle of fight week that he wouldn't be able to make the middleweight limit of 186 pounds. He didn't seem the least bit concerned about it, instead proclaiming he was confident he and Vettori would come to financial terms to settle on a catchweight bout. That ended up being the case, but the fact Costa did care in the least is concerning. When the two stepped into the Octagon, Vettori was the better man most of the fight. Round 5 was clearly Costa's best, but he was already finished on the scorecards, in part to a point deduction in Round 2 for an eye poke. UFC President Dana White announced after the event that Costa will have to compete at light heavyweight moving forward. White says a lot of things and then backtracks, but this one makes sense. Costa has elite power, but the rest of his game is questionable, and it's fair to wonder how that power will play in a higher weight class. It hasn't been a good week for "The Eraser."
Weight now set at 205 pounds
MiddleweightUFC
Out
October 22, 2021
Paulo Costa will fight Marvin Vettori at a catchweight of 205 pounds, according to UFC.com.
ANALYSIS
The weight limit was previously set at 195 pounds but the weight has been modified again, and as a result, this fight will now be a light heavyweight bout after beginning the week as a middleweight event.
Settles on catchweight with Vettori
MiddleweightUFC
Out
October 21, 2021
Costa's scheduled middleweight fight against Marvin Vettori on Saturday will now be contested at a catchweight of 195 pounds, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
As a result of the egregious weight miss, Costa will have to forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to Vettori as part of the deal. Costa did say this week that he intends to eventually return to middleweight, but refused to go into detail on the extenuating circumstances that resulted in this miss, which has been described as unprofessional, at best. While the extra weight should help Costa in theory, bettors have shifted the line towards Vettori ever so slightly, with Costa checking in as approximately a (+140) betting underdog of as Thursday afternoon.
Moves forward with catchweight bout
MiddleweightUFC
Out
October 20, 2021
Costa and Marvin Vettori agreed to fight in a catchweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Costa told reporters Wednesday he currently weighs 211 pounds and wouldn't be able to make weight for Saturday's scheduled middleweight matchup, but he and Vettori have reached an agreement on a catchweight, which was previously expected to be 195 pounds. Vettori -- who was listed as high as a (-160) betting favorite -- figures to receive a sizable bump in financial compensation, as the added weight will result in a significant advantage for Costa.
In danger of missing weight
MiddleweightUFC
Out
October 20, 2021
Costa told reporters Wednesday that he currently weighs 211 pounds and will need Saturday's middleweight clash against Marvin Vettori to take place at a catchweight, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Costa refused to go into detail on the reasons for his current weight situation, though the body language indicated that something out of the ordinary is amiss, as he's made a title weight of 185 pounds in the past. It hasn't been cleared with his opponent or UFC brass just yet, but Costa seems optimistic that a catchweight bout of 195 pounds can be arranged. That would obviously result in a huge advantage for Costa, who is already a big middleweight and wouldn't have to drain his body quite as much for a cut. It's unclear if Vettori would even accept that arrangement, and heavy financial compensation would presumably have to be necessary. Vettori was listed as high as a (-160) betting favorite as of Wednesday morning, but this type of news has the potential to swing things. Should the fight eventually be scrapped, a lightweight fight between Grant Dawson and Rick Glenn is currently serving as the co-main event.