The UFC’s rising middleweight prospect, the currently undefeated Brazilian Paulo Costa has now revealed that he almost stole the interim middleweight title shot from one of the top contenders Israel Adesanya against Kelvin Gastelum.
Costa who is currently scheduled to face the dangerous Yoel Romero at UFC on ESPN 3, was offered the fight after Adesanya had rejected it because he wanted to compete for the real belt instead. Costa revealed that he accepted the UFC’s offer, but later Adesanya accepted the fight and the UFC decided to give the interim title shot to “The Stylebender” instead of him. Here’s what he had to say:
The UFC offered it to Adesanya, (and) he said ‘No, I don’t want to fight for the interim,’ then, the UFC offered me the fight with Gastelum. I said, ‘I’ll take it.’ Then they talked to Adesanya again, and Adesanya said yes. Since I was already with (Yoel) Romero, they put Adesanya there and me with Romero.
Regardless of who wins, Adesanya or Gastelum, when they fight for the title – if it happens, that fight for the title, because there can be injuries, a lot of things can happen – but if they fight for the undisputed title with Whittaker, I believe that, beating Romero, I’ll be next, I’ll be awaiting this fight.