Jared Cannonier wants alternate status for Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa title fight

Jared Cannonier has a dance parter for his return, but he wouldn’t mind a late-notice shuffle. The UFC middleweight contender returns to competition on Oct. 24 against former champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 254, which takes place at location yet to be determined. By the time Cannonier (13-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) sets foot in the […]

Dana White: Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier ‘really good fight’ for Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa winner

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Dana White is he’s taking things “day by day” when it comes to putting fights together, but has an idea of where the middleweight division may be headed over the next several months. Israel Adesanya is scheduled to defend his world title against Paulo Costa in the main event of UFC […]

Jack Hermansson Thinks Paulo Costa Will Be ‘Problematic’ Opponent for Israel Adesanya

With a surprising heel-hook submission of Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday night, Jack Hermansson re-established himself as a person of interest in the UFC’s middleweight division. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jack Hermansson expects to challenge for UFC middleweight title — against Paulo Costa

Jack Hermansson believes he is rapidly closing in on a UFC middleweight title shot after submitting Kelvin Gastelum in Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 30 co-main event. Hermansson (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) knows some big fights have to shake out at 185 pounds before his opportunity comes around, including at least one more fight of his […]

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa to Headline UFC 253 in September

A middleweight championship clash between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Henrique Costa will serve as the headliner for UFC 253. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa set for UFC 253

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The long-awaited showdown between UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa is set for UFC 253. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed the fight is in the process of being finalized for the Sept. 19 fight card after an initial report from Combate. UFC 253 is expected […]

Paulo Costa’s manager says Eugene Bareman ‘lied,’ Israel Adesanya turned down UFC 251 fight

Paulo Costa is expected to challenge Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight gold next. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Israel Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman recently said that “nothing has come over my desk in regards” to a UFC title fight between his protege and No. 1 contender Paulo Costa, but “Borrachinha’s” manager Wallid Ismail disputes […]

Eric Albarracin: Paulo Costa, Israel Adesanya as ‘TUF’ coaches would result in ‘level 10 type of intensity’

Eric Albarracin can’t wait for the build-up between Paulo Costa and Israel Adesanya. The undefeated Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is next in line to challenge UFC middleweight champion Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), but it looks as though the pair will coach “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series first. Though no official announcement have been […]

Paulo Costa expects Israel Adesanya to fight him like he did Yoel Romero

Paulo Costa expects UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to approach their fight in much the same way he did his recent title defense against Yoel Romero. Adesanya defeated Romero in a largely uneventful matchup at UFC 248, as the champ chopped away at the Cuban’s legs en route to a win on the scorecards. Costa […]

Paulo Costa’s plans include winning both UFC middleweight and light heavyweight titles

Paulo Costa doesn’t plan on sticking around at middleweight for too long. Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is expected to challenge UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya sometime in summer, and he plans on winning the title, then going straight for the light heavyweight champion, if possible. “I believe I can take two belts, middleweight and […]

UFC fighter Anderson dos Santos joins protest to open gyms in Sao Paulo amid coronavirus outbreak

Sao Paulo will slowly re-open the economy beginning May 11, but gyms are not included. | Photo via Anderson dos Santos UFC bantamweight Anderson dos Santos joined dozens of martial arts practitioners protesting in front of the Legislative Assembly of Sao Paulo to ask for the state to re-open gyms despite the coronavirus pandemic. Sao […]

Original UFC 250 Venue Converted to Field Hospital for Coronavirus Patients in Sao Paulo

Ibirapuera Gymnasium, which was originally expected to be the host venue for UFC 250, has taken on a different role during the coronavirus pandemic. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Report: UFC 250 Could Be Moved from Sao Paulo to United States

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is exploring the possibility of moving its May pay-per-view event from Sao Paulo, Brazil to the United States, according to a report from Brazilian media outlet Combate. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

USADA suspends Brazilian doctor after prescribing prohibited IV used by Paulo Costa

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A Brazilian doctor has been issued a two-year suspension by USADA after violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy in connection with a case involving middleweight contender Paulo Costa. USADA made the announcement on Monday. “Dr. Lucas Penchel, of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has accepted a two-year sanction for a violation of the UFC […]

Doctor Who Administered IVs to Paulo Costa Gets 2-Year USADA Suspension

The doctor who administered over-limit intravenous (IV) infusions to UFC middleweight contender Paulo Henrique Costa in 2017 has received a sanction from USADA. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Video: Logan Paul gets knocked out by UFC middleweight Paulo Costa

YouTube celebrity and part-time pro boxer Logan Paul recently found out what it feels like to spar with a top-ranked UFC fighter. This past weekend ahead of UFC 248 in Las Vegas, Paul stopped by the UFC Performance Institute, where he met up with top-ranked middleweight contender Paulo Costa, who was in town to watch […]

Video: YouTube Celebrity Logan Paul Knocked Out by UFC Contender Paulo Costa in Sparring

Logan Paul felt the heavy hands of UFC contender Paulo Henrique Costa, and it’s an experience the YouTube celebrity likely won’t soon forget. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Paulo Costa thinks UFC champ Israel Adesanya might find way to avoid fighting him

LAS VEGAS – Paulo Costa doesn’t think Israel Adesanya wants to fight him. Adesanya retained his middleweight title this past Saturday at UFC 248 with a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero, and all signs are pointing to a showdown with Costa next. Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who’s coming off a win over Romero, […]

Paulo Costa calls Israel Adesanya ‘the most shameful champion I have seen ever’ at UFC 248

Paulo Costa | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The crowd at T-Mobile Arena had a harsh reception for the UFC 248 main event bout between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero. Paulo Costa can sympathize. The middleweight contender was made available to the media following Saturday’s show in Las Vegas and he had a harsh assessment of […]

Paulo Costa Vows to Make ‘Shameful Champion’ Israel Adesanya ‘Cry Like a Baby’

The No. 1 contender for the middleweight crown sat cageside during the UFC 248 headliner between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero, and he was none too impressed by what he saw from the reigning champion. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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