Paulo Costa
The Eraser


Will fight Whittaker
January 25, 2021
Costa is expected to headline an April 17 event against Robert Whittaker, Brett Okamoto of reports.
A location or venue has yet to be announced for the fight. Costa is coming off an unsuccessful UFC middleweight title challenge against Israel Adesanya. his opponent, Whittaker, lost the title to Adesanya in fall of 2019, but has won two consecutive fights since.
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Routed by Israel Adesanya
September 26, 2020
Costa came up short in his quest for the UFC Middleweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Israel Adesanya via TKO (punches) at 3:59 of Round 2 at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi.
Perhaps it was nothing more than a bad stylistic matchup or poor game planning, but this fight literally could not have gone any worse for Costa. Simply put, not only did he not appear to be on Adesanya's level, but there are any number middleweights who could have put forth the effort Costa did on Saturday. Knowing full well Adesanya throws a ton of kicks, Costa allowed his opponent to chop his lead leg with strikes. The Brazilian tried to be patient and pick his spots offensively, but Adesanya was beating him up so badly on the feet that he never got the chance. Costa would have been better off going for broke immediately and letting the chips fall where they may. Costa's detractors would say he's a one-punch knockout artist with a limited offensive arsenal, and quite honestly, that assessment looks pretty reasonable at the moment. Time is still on Costa's side because he won't turn 30 years of age until next April, but it's difficult to envision a scenario in which he can ever compete against an elite middleweight such as Adesanya. Costa is very much at a career crossroads despite the fact this was his first professional loss.
Finally getting title shot
July 18, 2020
Costa (biceps) is scheduled to face Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 on Sept. 26 in a middleweight title fight, Raphael Marinho of reports.
The fight was originally supposed to take place back in March, but a slow recovery from biceps surgery left Costa unable to compete. The injury has kept the 29-year-old Brazilian out of competition since August 2019, whereas Adesanya has already successfully defended his middleweight title once this year. Early oddsmakers place Costa as a slight betting underdog, with most books listing him at +120.
Unavailable to fight until April
October 30, 2019
Costa suffered a setback while recovering from bicep surgery and will not be ready to fight until April, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Costa had originally targeted a date in December for a title match against Israel Adesanya, but with the reported setback in his recovery from surgery, Costa will not be able to compete for some time and Adesanya will instead fight someone else in Costa's place. The fight between Costa and Adesanya is one that fans are getting very hyped up to watch. They are both undefeated and they both genuinely hate each other's guts. The fight has the potential to break all kinds of UFC pay-per-view records but it will have to wait until the spring as Costa now needs additional time to recover from his procedure.
Move up in weight recommended
August 29, 2019
Costa (foot) was one of six fighters the California State Athletic Commission recommended a move up in weight class in the aftermath of UFC 241, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
While the recommendation has Costa's overall health in mind, it's merely a recommendation that doesn't really have any teeth at this time. With Costa on the verge of a title shot after his UFC 241 victory over Yoel Romero, it's highly unlikely he suddenly decides to give up his spot in the middleweight division. Even Costa's manager, Wallid Ismail, stressed that "It's a recommendation, not an obligation." This recommendation was sparked by the fact that Costa weighed in at 186 pounds for his fight with Romero, but bulked back up to 213.8 points on fight night, an increase of 14.9 percent. Typically, CSAC recommends this move to any fighter that checks in more than 15 percent heavier than their weigh-in mark on fight night. The other five fighters receiving a similar recommendation include Manny Bermudez, Brandon Davis, Kyung Ho Kang, Sabina Mazo and Soadique Yussuf. Of that group, only Bermudez -- who weighed in 17.7 percent higher than his contracted weight on fight night -- appears to be in any real danger of having licensing trouble at his current weight class (bantamweight).
Suffers possible foot injury
August 19, 2019
Costa was suspended 180 days by the California State Athletic Commission following his UFC 241 victory over Yoel Romero due to a possible right foot fracture, Steven Marrocco of reports.
Costa escaped with a narrow decision over Romero despite coming up short in the overall significant strike tally, but his impressive performance nonetheless led many to believe he would be next up for a title shot. That notion may have to be put on hold until 2020, however, though Costa's management team has already denied reports of a serious foot injury. They claim he spent a three-hour stay in the hospital Saturday night, at which point he was cleared after undergoing X-rays. In any case, he'll need to prove a clean bill of health if he's going to get booked for a fight prior to next February. With Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya scheduled to unify the middleweight title in October, Costa will presumably be next up to face the winner.