“13-1 is coming to you big head” – Paulo Costa unleashes menacing threat on Khamzat Chimaev promising to give him first career defeat

Paulo Costa vs. Khamzat Chimaev could happen next year with the Brazilian fighter trolling and threatening the Chechen fighter on social media.


“13-1 is coming to you big head” – Paulo Costa unleashes menacing threat on Khamzat Chimaev promising to give him first career defeat

Paulo Costa wants to hand Khamzat Chimaev his first defeat (Source: IMAGO)

In the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), fighters often resort to trash talk and bold statements to hype up bouts. UFC 294 initially featured a middleweight bout between Paulo Costa and Khamzat Chimaev. However, the bout did not happen due to Costa’s injury. Now, Costa remains hellbent on fighting Chimaev.

“Borrachinha” has issued a menacing threat to rising star Khamzat Chimaev on X. Costa threatened to defeat Chimaev in a potential bout. This is what Paulo Costa told Chimaev:

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13-1 is coming to you big head Chenchen.
Paulo Costa via X

The tweet, which read, “13-1 is coming to you big head,” was a clear reference to Chimaev’s undefeated record. Costa intends to hand the Chechen his first career defeat. The tweet ignited a firestorm of responses and anticipation for a potential showdown between these two fighters.

The Chechen is fresh off a hard-fought battle against Kamaru Usman, while the Brazilian is recovering from a staff infection. Fans eagerly await further developments to see if Costa’s threat translates into a high-stakes battle inside the octagon. If it materializes, the clash could be one of the most eagerly anticipated fights of next year. The matchup, which fell through earlier, will undoubtedly settle whether “13-1” becomes a reality for Chimaev or just fizzles out as a bold prediction from a confident Costa.

Khamzat Chimaev may have to wait for the title shot as Sean Strickland settles for another opponent

Aldric Cassata, renowned as the coach of Manon Fiorot, recently disclosed valuable information. During a phone conversation, he learned that Sean Strickland wanted to step back into the octagon this December.

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Khamzat Chimaev fires back after Sean Strickland comment about his title shot.
Khamzat Chimaev and Sean Strickland (via Yahoo Sports/ Sky Sports)

Several potential opponents were put on the table, including Khamzat Chimaev as one of the options. However, Strickland reportedly has opted for a different adversary, possibly Dricus Du Plessis. Other less likely contenders include Israel Adesanya (in a rematch), Robert Whittaker (coming off a loss), and Costa (who has expressed a desire for a swift fight).

It’s a surprising choice, considering the already stacked December card. However, it could happen for the January PPV as well. There is a definite chance that Fiorot’s coach misheard the conversation. UFC 296 in December already has two title fights, and the UFC will not put three title fights unless it has some sort of significance.

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