What Is Paulo Costa’s Future Following UFC 253?

Paulo Costa fell short in his bout with Israel Adesanya but he’s not giving up.

Costa challenged Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship this past Saturday night, September 26. The title fight headlined UFC 253 inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Adesanya scored the second-round TKO victory.

Adesanya’s antics post-fight have drawn the ire of Costa’s team. Adesanya made the motion of “riding” Costa after the win. “Borrachinha’s” manager, Wallid Ismail, told MMAFighting.com that Costa has ditched plans to move up to the light-heavyweight division due to Adesanya’s antics.

“Adesanya is his focus. He was thinking about moving up in weight but won’t anymore because he wants to get Adesanya, and the UFC owes him that. He will stay [at 185] only to get Adesanya because he’s really upset, outraged with Adesanya’s post-fight attitude. He’s a bum. Warriors fight and when it’s over, it’s over. But doing that after the fight? He’s a bum, and he can expect a nightmare coming at him. You can’t do that. ‘Borrachinha’ is angry. It was disgusting, (Adesanya) showed his lack of character. Two warriors settle their issues in the fight, but he’s a bum. That’s the worst thing he could have done. (Costa) is pure anger right now.”

The beef between Adesanya and Costa had reached a fever pitch before the two even shared the Octagon. Adesanya and Costa engaged in a war of words and had to be separated in the final pre-fight staredown. It’s safe to say they won’t be exchanging Christmas gifts later this year.

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