Paulo Costa Scores Win Via KO Before UFC Debut – September 3, 2016 (This Day In MMA History)
Five years ago, Paulo Costa competed in his last fight before debuting in the UFC. He finished Adriano Balby by knockout in the first round.
Costa (13-1) went on to have an untouched five-fight winning streak in the UFC and was only stopped by Israel Adesanya in the main even of the title fight of UFC 253.
Before the UFC, Costa competed in MMA Total Combat, Upper Fight, BH Fight and Jungle Fight.
The Brazilian middleweight hasn’t fought since losing to Adesanya in 2020.