Paulo Costa is without a doubt one of the best fighters currently coming out of Brazil and he also looks like a star in the making. Costa made his debut in March last year and has since won all his fights via knockout inside round 2. He last fought at UFC 226 against Uriah Hall and brutally knocked him out to earn performance of the night bonus.
However, at a Media call on Tuesday, Costa said that he was offered a new UFC deal after that win in Rio de Janeiro, but wasn’t happy with the number the company presented him.
”The UFC called me to renew my contract in my second fight after I won by knockout at UFC Rio. They called me, which is something unusual, I had a four-fight contract, and I thought ‘well, they see a different value in me.’
”I asked for a high number, they said ‘this is way above what we usually pay, so let’s make a deal.’ They proposed the Hendricks fight and then we would negotiate. I said ‘OK, but after that I will ask for more.’ They did this bet with me. If I had lost the fight, (the number) would possibly be lower than they had offered.”
And he fought Hendricks at UFC 217 and knocked him out in round two and was offered a contract he wanted.
”I won and asked what I wanted before, and we did some negotiations and renewed the contract.”
Paulo Costa was scheduled to fight Yoel Romero at UFC 230, but Romero has pulled out and said that an orbital injury that he suffered during his June fight with Robert Whittaker as the reason for withdrawing.