Paulo Costa
The Eraser

Brazil

GTD
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/25/2019
Details of withdrawal released
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
April 10, 2019
Costa has been fined by the New York State Athletic Commission for an undisclosed violation that led to his eventual removal from UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rumors of Costa potentially testing positive for PEDs had been circulating since Yoel Romero's camp told ESPN radio in March that Costa was pulled from their schedule fight due to a USADA violation. Costa's camp has consistently denied that accusation, but now more of the details surrounding that circumstance have been made public. It seems Costa had been taking the medication Plasil to address stomach problems, and the use of that substance was not disclosed properly to the state of New York. As a result, the fighter will be fined $9,333, but not suspended. USADA will not comment on any open investigations, so it's unclear if a resolution remains in progress, though Costa's camp claims they are ready for a fight with Romero at any time this summer.
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Won't fight Yoel Romero after all
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
March 7, 2019
Costa (undisclosed) is no longer scheduled to face Yoel Romero (orbital) at UFC Miami on April 27, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.
ANALYSIS
There have been numerous issues with scheduling Costa to fight Romero over the past few months, and UFC has now decided to remove Costa from the card for unknown reasons. It's currently unclear as to when Costa's next fight will take place.
New date set for Yoel Romero match
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
January 22, 2019
Costa (undisclosed) will finally face Yoel Romero (orbital) at UFC Miami on April 27, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup has already been scheduled and cancelled twice, first due to Romero's injury in November and then due to Costa's undisclosed injury in January. Assuming better luck this time around, Costa will be looking to extend his professional record to 13-0. He's never even had to go three rounds, winning in the first round in his first 10 fights (including nine before joining the UFC) and in the second round in his last three matches. His opponent, the 41-year-old Romero, has 14 years of experience on him but has been in a small slump, losing two of his last three matches.
Drops out of fight against Yoel Romero
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
November 7, 2018
Costa has withdrawn from his scheduled fight against Yoel Romero at UFC Brooklyn on Jan. 19 due to an undisclosed injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The two were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 230 last week, but the bout was postponed after Romero wasn't medically cleared to compete. Now it's an injury to Costa that will keep the fight from taking place. Specifics regarding the issue remain unclear at this point, as does a timetable for his return.
May not fight at UFC 230
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
August 21, 2018
Costa is uncertain to fight at UFC 230 in New York on Nov. 3 after his scheduled opponent, Yoel Romero (orbital), withdrew from the event Monday, Damon Martin of MMANYTT.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Romero is still on the mend following surgery in July to repair a fractured orbital and needs further time to recover, so the UFC now has a spot on the card to fill. It's unclear if the promotion intends to find another opponent for Costa or go with a matchup between two different fighters to fill the opening. Whether it's at UFC 230 or another event, expect Costa to fight again before 2018 comes to a close after he scored a knockout win over Uriah Hall in his most recent match July 7 at UFC 226.
Battle with Yoel Romero yet to be confirmed
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
July 24, 2018
Updating a previous report, Costa's fight versus Yoel Romero for UFC 230 on Nov. 3 hasn't officially been agreed upon, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It was announced earlier Tuesday that the two sides had an agreement in place and were set to battle in November, but Romero is reportedly working back from orbital surgery and doesn't want to make anything official until he's at full strength. While Costa very well could still fight Romero, we'll have to wait for official confirmation at some point over the next month or two. Costa has won his first four fights since joining the UFC and is coming off a knockout win over Uriah Hall earlier in July.