UFC 278: Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold Prediction, Odds, and Fight Preview

UFC 278: Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold Prediction, Odds, and Fight Preview

Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold

Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold Prediction is here! This fight is one of the most-anticipated middleweight matchups of this weekend’s pay-per-view event. UFC 278: Usman vs Edwards 2 will feature two huge middleweight stars in the co-main event in a three-round exciting battle. With only a couple of days left for the fight to take place, let us take a look at the Fight Preview, Odds, and Prediction for this amazing matchup.

UFC 278 is one of the promotion’s biggest pay-per-view cards of the year 2022. This event will feature some of the biggest stars on the roster. In the co-main event, Luke Rockhold takes on Paulo Costa in a three-round bout and fans are looking forward to seeing the two elite middleweights put on war this weekend. Let us take a look at the Prediction, Odds, and Fight Preview for Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold.

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UFC 278: Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold Fight Preview

Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold Prediction
Paulo Costa

This fight is extraordinary for fans as the former middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold returns to the octagon after three whole years of layoff. The fighter went on his hiatus after two devastating knockout losses and is finally back better than ever. Luke is a 16-5 former middleweight champion looking to take on the 31-year-old entertaining and dangerous Costa who is a knockout king.

The 37-year-old former champion has been through a lot of injuries lately and has had his fight canceled two consecutive times against two different opponents. Rockhold’s last few defeats in the octagon have not been very easy to overcome for the California native. Rockhold seems like a completely motivated fighter from his recent pre-fight media scrums and press conferences.

Paulo Costa, on the other hand, is an exciting fighter that has not had his last two fights go according to plan. Costa faced his first-ever career loss against the reigning champ, Israel Adesanya, and another loss in the following year to former contender Marvin Vettori. The two times Paulo faced adversity inside the octagon, the Brazilian has failed to deliver.

The Brazilian powerhouse looks at the upcoming fight against the former champion as a real test but is confident he would cruise past him. Paulo is 13-2 in his career and has 5 wins in his UFC career out of which four of them have come by brutal knockouts.

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UFC 278: Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold Prediction and Odds

Luke Rockhold UFC 278
Luke Rockhold

This matchup isn’t exactly balanced to be fair. Costa is a rising, up-and-coming middleweight that still has a potentially amazing career ahead of him while Luke is a former champion who has done it all inside the octagon and who will also be rusty due to inactivity. It is never a good idea to face a knockout monster like Costa after a three-year layoff. Costa is coming off two losses against two of the best in the division and in his last fight against Marvin, he showed that he could fall victim to poor takedown defense.

Luke, as we all know is an excellent wrestler who could impose his style of fighting in this upcoming bout. Despite Luke’s advantage over Costa, his ring rust could play a huge role in the Brazilian getting the better of him.

Prediction from FirstSportz: Costa def. Rockhold via TKO [Round 2]

And now, for fans, who like to try their hand at betting in fights. The odds for this amazing middleweight matchup are out. Costa opens as the betting favorite with -350 odds of winning while the former champ is a +260 betting underdog in his comeback fight.

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