It has not been long since UFC 253, the most hyped middleweight fight of all time took place. Paulo Costa and Israel Adesanya faced off at the main event of UFC 253, in which the Brazilian suffered his first ever MMA loss via TKO in the second round.
After the loss, Costa let the world know that he will come back stronger and is keen to take his “revenge” on Adesanya. However, there is another fighter who wants a shot at Costa. And that is- Derek Brunson.
Derek Brunson took to Twitter to call out Paulo Costa saying, “Has anyone seen or heard from BorrachinhaMMA . Someone ask him if he’s available Dec 12 !”
Brunson(21-7) is currently ranked #7 at the UFC middleweight rankings while Paulo Costa(13-1) dropped to #2. Derek “The Human Blanket” Brunson comes off a win over youngster Edmend Shahbazyan via TKO, handing him his first defeat.
Brunson did not just stop there, he wants to fight Costa so bad, he even let out a tweet asking his followers to make him a poster for his “potential matchup with Costa.”
It seems like Derek Brunson is really eager to face Paulo Costa next, and climb the ladder to earn a spot at the top 5 rankings and then at the title.
Possibility of Brunson vs Costa happening-
The current UFC middleweight division is stacked. With Israel Adesanya as champion, the division consists of major players like former champ Robert Whittaker, Jared Cannonier, Costa, Yoel Romero, Jack Hermannson and Darren Till. And all these martial artists are currently ranked above Derek Brunson. There are a lot of possible match ups for Costa as he is ranked #2.
For now, the most important match in the middleweight division is scheduled at UFC 254, as Robert Whittaker meets Jared Cannonier to decide who will face Adesanya next for the middleweight champioship.
Brunson fighting Costa at UFC 256 seems highly unlikely but like always, you can never rule out a possibility in the sport of MMA.