Former UFC Middleweight title challenger Paulo Costa has made a surprising announcement and stated that he won’t be making the 185lbs weight for his fight against Marvin Vettori in the main event at UFC Vegas 41. Paulo Costa is scheduled to face Marvin Vettori on 23 October 2021 at UFC Fight Night 196. Just two days before the fight, Costa revealed that he won’t be able to make the middleweight mark for this fight and he then asked his opponent Marvin Vettori to accept this fight at a catchweight. Marvin Vettori has now verbally agreed to fight Costa at 195lbs catchweight.
UFC’s no.2 ranked middleweight fighter Paulo Costa has been getting in trouble for his recent moves during his fight. Paulo Costa was previously targeted to fight Jared but he then withdrew from the fight stating that he never signed the contract for the fight. He also stated that he wasn’t going to fight in the UFC for the money they were offering him as he thought he deserves more money.
Paulo Costa wants to fight Marvin Vettori at catchweight
Now just a few days before his scheduled matchup with former middleweight title challenger Marvin Vettori, Costa has changed the weight limit for the fight and asked UFC and his opponent to make the fight at catchweight.
“My weight right now is 96 kilos (211 pounds),” Costa said during the UFC Vegas 41 media day. “What happened yesterday, [my manager] Wallid [Ismail] talked with some people with him, Ali [Abdelaziz], his manager I think, and it’s not on the schedule to make 185 [pounds] anymore. It’s another weight. I’m not exactly [sure] which weight yet.”
“I think this fight will happen,” Costa said. “It just will not happen if he don’t want to fight me. Maybe we can do a catchweight 195 [pounds] maybe but I think make this fight [205 pounds] could be more exciting to the fans.”
“More explosive fight cause I want to go bring the fight for him. Maybe he wants to bring the fight to me. I think with both guys heavy, this knockout can happen easily.”
“Make a little difference for me now, four or five pounds, six pounds. I just don’t care,” Costa said. “I’m more concentrated on my weight than on his weight. I don’t care if he makes 225 pounds or more. We need to find a catchweight to make. I don’t know exactly yet.”
Now according to the latest reports, Marvin Vettori has verbally agreed to the fight and he is ready to take on Paulo Costa at 195 pounds weight limit.
“We are working on it,” a UFC official said via test. “The fight is on and it will be a catchweight bout.”
- Paulo Costa says he won’t make 185lbs, wants to fight at catchweight
- Marvin Vettori agrees for a catchweight bout at 195 pounds
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