Paulo Costa, who lost to Adesanya at UFC 253, has recently called out Whittaker for what he said would be an “amazing fight” for the fans. Whittaker in turn said that he wasn’t interested in Costa at the moment, but it looks like the UFC has different plans. Costa confirmed that he’s deep into discussions with the UFC about the Whittaker fight, adding that a few details need to still be ironed out.
“Starting in December, I could fight. It depends on whom. I want to fight Whittaker and this fight is very close to happening. Very close. Very close to fighting Whittaker,” Costa said
“This fight with Whittaker is well underway. Will happen. I am sure it will happen. It’s in the details, needing a few things.”
Paula Costa vs Robert Whittaker worth it or not?
A fight between Costa and Whittaker seems to make a lot of sense. With UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya moving up to 205lbs to challenge UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. Who knows when Adesanya will fight at middleweight again.
Costa coming off the loss to Adesanya at UFC 253 and he is champing at the bit to get back in the mix. So fighting Whittaker — a former champion who is coming off of back-to-back wins over Darren Till and Jared Cannonier — would be the perfect opponent for him to beat in order to jump right back into title contention in the middleweight division.
Costa could find himself right back in the title picture with a win against the former champ Whittaker. Ultimately, Whittaker has to agree to the fight.