UFC middleweight entrant Paulo Costa (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has lashed out at Khamzat Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) following their recent altercation at the UFC Performance Institute, claiming that Chimaev was scared.
Chimaev is a bully with small guys: Paulo Costa
Before he takes on Nate Diaz this Saturday night at UFC 279, UFC welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev had an encounter with Paulo Costa, the former 185-pound title challenger having a training alongside Diaz’s teammate Jake Shields.
The video of the confrontation, titled ‘BRAWL WITH KHAMZAT CHIMAEV!‘ and shared on Costa’s YouTube channel, showed that the two fighters had to be separated following a heated back and forth and ‘Borz’ was held back by his own teammates.
“I met Chimaev there, and man, he was scared,” said Costa in the clip, “The guy stood there and he froze. He froze. I actually was not surprised. As I said before, cupcake Chechen, gourmet Chechen is a bully with small guys.”
“He called me to talk and I went there, I faced him,” the 31-year-old went on, “He said, ‘Hey Borrachinha, why do you talk about me?’ I said, ‘Man, what did I talk about you? You want to fight me?’ He said, ‘No, no – I want to know what you talk about me.’ I said, ‘Man, I want to fight you. If you beat Nate Diaz, I want to fight you,’ and he froze. He said, ‘OK, so let’s fight now.’ His whole team got in the middle between me and him. Man, this guy is scared. He’s scared as f*ck.”
‘The Eraser’ ended the video by saying he can take him on all by himself and just using one hand.
“Just so you know, Chimaev, I don’t need to have a couple of guys with me. I’m an army of one man. I walk alone and I can beat you alone with just one hand,” Costa added. [H/T MMA Junkie]
Do you believe this is the start of a brand new rivalry in the UFC? Will we see Costa and Chimaev step inside the Octagon in the future? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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