Former UFC middleweight championship challenger Paulo Costa says that he ought to have used extra time in getting ready for his title bout towards reigning champion Israel Adesanya.

Paulo Costa got here up quick towards Adesanya in the principle occasion of UFC 253 again in September, dropping through second-round TKO. 

Throughout a stay Q&A session on his YouTube channel, Paulo Costa said that he feels he ought to have postponed his title bout towards Adesanya. 

“Possibly I might have used extra within the Adesanya battle, however many issues occurred earlier than that battle,” Costa stated, through Guilherme Cruz of MMA Preventing. “I don’t like to speak as a result of it’d sound as excuse, however I had no sleep, my leg was completely impaired, and I shouldn’t have fought, I ought to have postponed it for the subsequent weekend or extra.”

Paulo Costa went on to check his scenario to that of Patricky Freire, who was pressured to tug out of his Bellator 249 co-main occasion bout towards Jaleel Willis final October fifteenth. Costa and Freire are each coached by Eric Albarracin. 

“I noticed what occurred with Patricky, who fights for Bellator — and has the identical coach, Eric Albarracin —, and his staff did the fitting factor. He didn’t get up nicely, had labyrinthitis on the day of the battle, feeling dizzy, (so) he doesn’t need to battle. We’re in such a excessive degree that you just don’t need to battle for those who don’t really feel nicely. It was our mistake,” Costa shared. 

Regardless of getting stopped within the second spherical, Costa stated that he wasn’t satisfied of Adesanya’s expertise, and believes that he can do higher if the 2 had been to cross paths contained in the Octagon once more. 

“He’s an agile fighter, quick, however doesn’t persuade me. He didn’t persuade me. It’s laborious to say, I misplaced to him and received’t be proper. I can say no matter I would like and I received’t be proper, it would sound salty, however, in actuality, he doesn’t persuade me. I can battle him 10 instances and all 10 instances can be totally different,” Costa said. 

Paulo Costa focusing on bout with former middleweight champ Robert Whittaker

Whereas Paulo Costa received’t possible be getting any rapid title rematches towards Israel Adesanya, the Brazilian middleweight is setting his sights on the subsequent smartest thing: the previous champion and present primary contender Robert Whittaker. 

Costa, who’s coming off a second-round TKO loss to Adesanya at UFC 253 again in September, has publicly known as for a bout towards Whittaker, who secured his spot as the highest contender with a unanimous resolution win over Jared Cannonier at UFC 254. 

Whereas Whittaker says that Adesanya is the one battle that he desires now, he’s going to have to attend some time because the middleweight champion is booked to problem reigning UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. 

Costa, in the meantime, stated that the Whittaker battle may be very near being booked. 

Might a Paulo Costa vs. Robert Whittaker matchup decide the subsequent challenger for Adesanya?

Printed 05 Nov 2020, 05:57 IST



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