Paulo Costa wants 195 pound catchweight, says he won’t make 185 to fight Marvin Vettori (Video)

Paulo Costa wants 195 pound catchweight, says he won’t make 185 to fight Marvin Vettori in UFC Vegas 41 main event.

UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa is so certain that he’ll miss weight ahead of UFC Vegas 41 that he’s already calling to change the 185-pound main event to a catchweight bout at 195 pounds.

Costa is looking to get back in the win column after losing to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 253. After a hostile buildup to their fight, Adesanya knocked out Costa in the second round and dominated the bout for as long as it lasted.

During his UFC Vegas 41 pre-fight press conference, Costa seemed candid when discussing his weight-cutting process before his fight with Marvin Vettori.

“I think this fight will happen, and it won’t happen if he doesn’t want to fight me,” Costa said. “Maybe we can do a catchweight at 195, could be a more explosive and exciting fight for the fans. I think with both guys heavy, a knockout could happen. Easily.”

“Right now, I’m at [211 pounds]. It isn’t on schedule to be at middleweight anymore.”

Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori are both coming off losses to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya

Costa’s demands are probably not a welcomed bargain for UFC president Dana White, who has been critical of Costa’s behavior since losing to Adesanya. He was supposed to fight Jared Cannonier on Aug. 21 in a five-round main event but said he didn’t officially sign his bout agreement.

Costa has also been vocal regarding his current deal with the UFC and has said he feels underpaid.

Regardless of what Costa and Vettori will weigh in at for their scheduled main event, it appears the drama between Costa and the UFC is becoming more pronounced.

UFC Vegas 41 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 23, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA who will be on-site for all your news and highlights.

Published at Wed, 20 Oct 2021 22:20:53 +0000

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