Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa targeted for UFC 241

Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa are set to fight inside the Octagon — again. Contracts have yet to be signed, but “Soldier of God” and “Borrachinha” have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 17, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. ESPN first reported the news. Romero and Costa were scheduled […]

Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero targeted for UFC 241 in August

A middleweight matchup between two of the division’s scariest fighters has been tentatively booked for UFC 241. After previous attempts to put together the key bout between Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero ultimately fizzled, UFC are hoping to give it another go at the Aug. 17 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. ESPN’s Ariel […]

Paulo Costa Accepts 6-Month USADA Suspension for IV Use

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Paulo Henrique Costa has accepted a six-month suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after violating the policy prohibiting the use of intravenous infusion of permitted substances. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Sanction Announcement for Paulo and Carlos Costa

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Paulo Costa suspended six months by USADA for prohibited IV use

Paulo Costa has been suspended by USADA, but is eligible to return to the UFC immediately. The UFC middleweight contender was handed a six-month ban by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, for the prohibited usage of an intravenous infusion (IV) twice in 2017, the agency announced Friday. Costa’s suspension is retroactive to Aug. 10, 2018, […]

UFC’s Jeff Novitzky: USADA ‘still evaluating’ Paulo Costa case

Paulo Costa seems to still be trying to work his way back to the Octagon. The UFC middleweight contender was recently fined by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) for an undisclosed violation, which Costa has said was triggered by his use of a stomach medication before a 2017 fight. In an interview with […]

Israel Adesanya wants Paulo Costa ‘before USADA gets him’

There’s no love lost between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa. While the two have shared a competitive rivalry in the past, dating back to last July when the both emerged victorious from their respective bouts, the two young middleweights seemed destined to meet in a high-profile scrap down the rad. However, since then, Adesanya climbed […]

UFC sets dates for upcoming events in Montevideo, Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo

The UFC has set dates for three international cards in August, September and November, sources told MMA Fighting. On Aug. 10, the company will make its first trip to Uruguay with a Fight Night event in Montevideo. That will mark the third UFC card in a South American country — outside of Brazil — following […]

Paulo Costa Mocks ‘Fake’ Champ Israel Adesanya on Instagram

Israel Adesanya continues to defy the critics on his march to the undisputed UFC middleweight title after his brutal five-round war against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, but there’s at least one fellow middleweight who isn’t sold quite yet. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Paulo Costa Says Stomach Medicine Led to Withdrawal from UFC on ESPN 3

When Paulo Henrique Costa was forced to withdraw from a proposed UFC on ESPN 3 bout with Yoel Romero, his opponent speculated that Costa’s exit was due to a USADA violation. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC’s Paulo Costa says stomach medicine reason for withdrawal, bothered by PED rumors

After weeks of speculation, Paulo Costa finally has spoken up about what kept him from a planned UFC on ESPN 3 fight with fellow contender Yoel Romero. According to the Brazilian middleweight, who’s currently in Las Vegas doing performance tests at the UFC Performance Institute, it was an issue involving the New York Athletic State […]

Paulo Costa responds to Yoel Romero’s accusations that Costa failed a USADA drug test

It’s still unclear why Paulo Costa isn’t fighting Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC’s upcoming card in Florida on April 27, but the Brazilian guarantees he’s not in trouble with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Romero, a former UFC middleweight title challenger, was on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday and said […]

Paulo Costa’s Manager Denies Yoel Romero’s Doping Allegations: ‘That’s a Big Lie’

Paulo Henrique Costa was expected to face Yoel Romero at UFC on ESPN 3, but speculation has been rampant since it was announced that Ronaldo Souza, not Costa, would face “the Soldier of God” at the April 27 event. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Yoel Romero Hints at USADA Violation for Proposed UFC on ESPN 3 Foe Paulo Costa

The announcement that a Yoel Romero would face Ronaldo Souza in a rematch in the UFC on ESPN 3 headliner came as something of a surprise, only because “The Soldier of God” was initially booked against a different foe. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Antonio Carlos Junior wants ‘overrated’ Paulo Costa: ‘We both have some issues we need to solve’

WICHITA, Kan. – Antonio Carlos Junior has taken notice of the UFC’s change of plans in relation a long rumored fight between Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero at next month’s UFC on ESPN 3, and “Shoeface” wants to help in the resolution. Carlos Junior told MMA Junkie that with the pivot to Romero vs. Ronaldo […]

Video: Competitor Attacks Fans During Match at BJJ Stars Event in Sao Paulo

An ugly melee ensued at a BJJ Stars event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when Erberth Santos rushed into the crowd to incite a brawl just moments after suffering an apparent knee injury during a match against Felipe Pena. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Israel Adesanya fires back at Chris Weidman, ‘juice monkey’ Paulo Costa

Israel Adesanya had a question for The MMA Hour host Luke Thomas about trash talk during his interview on Monday’s edition of the show. “Have you ever seen me, Luke, talk sh*t about someone after their fight?” the fighter known as “The Last Style Bender” asked. “They’re trying to get some shine because I’m the […]

Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa Targeted for UFC on ESPN 3 in Miami on April 27

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is hoping that the third time is the charm for a middleweight clash between Yoel Romero and Paulo Henrique Costa. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero targeted for UFC on ESPN 3 headliner

A big middleweight fight is on the horizon, with two of the division’s most powerful athletes set to clash once again. MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that the promotion is currently planning on Paulo Costa (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) vs. Yoel Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) to headline UFC on ESPN 3 at Miami’s […]

With Paulo Costa unavailable, Yoel Romero wants Anderson Silva at UFC on ESPN+ 1

Yoel Romero is not interested in waiting around for Paulo Costa and instead has turned his attention to former UFC champ Anderson Silva for his next fight. After their original booking for UFC 230 earlier this month fell apart due a Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) injury, the middleweight contender matchup with Costa (12-0 MMA, […]

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