Costa Responds to Doping Accusations from Surf Legend
Middleweight Paulo Costa provided one of the highlights from UFC 226 with a second-round knockout over Uriah Hall, but he’s now being accused of doping — and it’s not even from someone in MMA.
As reported by MMA Fighting, Kelly Slater, arguably the greatest surfer of all time, has accused Costa of being juiced up saying that if Costa isn’t juiced “they shouldn’t bother testing at all.”
“Kelly Slater talked too much, said stupid things,” Costa said. “He doesn’t understand how the anti-doping system works in the UFC, he doesn’t know how USADA works, doesn’t understand the USADA policy of testing any fighter at any moment anywhere in the world, blood and urine.
”We do random tests all the time, so if someone says a UFC fighter is fighting on the juice, to me that someone is completely ignorant about MMA, UFC, antidoping and USADA.”
According to USADA, Costa has been tested 19 times, coming back clean every single time. However, Costa — who is 12-0 in MMA (4-0 in UFC), finishing all opponents — says it’s not the first time he’s been accused of taking banned substances.
“It does bother me because people talk without knowing,” he said. “They judge me because I have a good physique, an excellent condition, and think I got this by cheating instead of hard work, diet, effort and sacrifice. I keep working really hard, so it bothers me because they diminish my work and effort. But I know where my results come from, so my conscience is clear.”
What comes next in the Octagon for Costa could go one of two ways. Costa has called out former middleweight champion Chris Weidman for a bout at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden, in Weidman’s home state of New York. Costa, however, has been called out himself, as Israel Adesanya — following his win in the headline bout of the TUF 26 Finale — asked to face the winner of Costa vs. Hall.
Whatever the plan is, though he prefers facing Weidman, Costa says he knows he has some things to work on with high hopes on him.
“I want to come back, fix the holes, and work on my wrestling to keep the fight standing and knock Weidman out in November,” Costa said.
Original Story: MMA Fighting