After UFC 225, the UFC had come up with another huge card which could potentially be the best card of the year in UFC 226 on July 7, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The featured bout on FS1 prelims features a bout of dangerous finishes as #9 ranked Uriah Hall takes on #10 ranked Paulo Costa.
Undefeated prospect Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) truly believes no striker can match up against him in the middleweight division. With all his 11 victories being by the way of stoppage, Costa believes he can KO any middleweight. However he is a solely focused on his match up against Hall.
“I’m completely focused on my next fight, I’m not thinking about what comes afterwards,” Costa said. “All I think about is knocking him out quickly. I believe I can knock out pretty much anybody in the division. I considered Luke Rockhold a great future opponent, but he’s moving up. I don’t think there’s a single striker who can stop me in this weight class.”
Costa’s fight against Hall will certainly be a striker’s delight and can end in a blink of an eye. However, Costa is seeking help from former title challenger and Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo to improve his wrestling.
“Myself and Hall are very alike, but I think I’m more powerful and explosive than he is,” he said. “He’s a bit more patient, but apart from that, we’re both strikers. But I’m thinking ahead. I’m thinking about taking on a wrestler later on, or a jiu-jitsu guy who can wrestle. I think I must know how not to be taken down if I don’t want to. Wrestling is what dictates the fight, that’s why I got Eric Albarracin and Henry Cejudo in this camp, which is incredible. Any fighter who wants to be a champion has to know how to wrestle, to strike and to fight on the ground.”
The card will be headlined by a super fight between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.