Both nearly went at it in the UFC Performance Institute before his months UFC 279 but if Paulo Costa gets his way, theyll be fighting for real in a short time.
Amid all of the drama at the recent UFC pay-per-view which saw Khamzat Chimaev dramatically miss weight before scheduled welterweight bout with Nate Diaz which forced a late switch to the fight card, in addition to a fisticuffs back stage which resulted in the late cancellation of the pre-fight press conference, the showdown between Chimaev and Paulo Costa at the UFC PI appears to be almost an afterthought at this stage.
However, not to Paulo Costa.
The Brazilian former middleweight title challenger spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour via MMA Fighting on Monday and said he is anticipating a chance to get his practical the unbeaten contender Chimaev.
I believe, Chimaev [is the fight to make], yeah. Costa said. I stole a few of his hype, I stole his nights sleep, I stole his cap, I stole his main event fight, I stole everything. Chimaev, you must do something. Motherf*cker, I stole precisely what you had! Precisely what you’d. I stole your nights sleep, I stole your weigh-in, I stole everything.
You’re stupid, youre so crazy, he said of his rival. I believe I have to fight that guy. For certain [I am in charge of him missing weight]. Because he became so angry, so stressed, he quit. He missed weight by eight pounds, almost nine, he quit for certain.
It remains to be observed where direction the UFC push Chimaev next but in some recoverable format at least, it looks like Colby Covington at welterweight or Paulo Costa at middleweight may be the direction to go.