International Fight Week might have been completely overpowered by Daniel Cormier creating history to become the only 5th fighter to hold the belt in two different weight classes. However, two middleweight prospects also made their name as Israel Adesanya took on #8 ranked veteran in Brad Tavares and defeated him via unanimous decision and Paulo Costa took on experienced Uriah Hall to defeat him via TKO.
It might be logical to see these two fight each other however Costa does not think so.
“I don’t know who (he is),” Costa (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) told MMAjunkie after his win over Hall (13-9 MMA, 6-7 UFC). “I think when he comes to (the) top 10 or top five … I can think about him.”
Costa who is riding a four-fight wining streak all being finishes has bigger plans. He went into the fight against Hall being ranked #10. Hall did gave Costa some adversity however Costa ran through Hall in the second round. Costa now has his eyes set on Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Costa feels Weidman’s hometown in New York could serve a perfect battleground for them as UFC returns to the Madison Square Garden in November.
“This is just one more victory on my way to the world title,” Costa said, according to the UFC. “Now I want to face a top fighter. I want to fight Chris Weidman. No one in this division can win against me. I’m the most powerful middleweight, and I’m showing that in every fight. Uriah had very good timing and connected the jabs, but I knew he would not be able to handle my power. I’m ready for the next battle.”
“Let’s fight,” Costa said. “Let’s make a great fight in his hometown in November to see who deserves to go to the next title shot in November, after (Kelvin) Gastelum.”