The reason behind why UFC middleweight Paulo Costa is called ‘The Eraser’

The reason behind why UFC middleweight Paulo Costa is called ‘The Eraser’

Paulo Costa

Here’s the story behind Paulo Costa’s nickname. The middleweight division in the UFC is highly competitive. With the champion Israel Adesanya reigning over the division, the likes of Robert Whittaker and Alex Pereira constantly knock on the champion’s door. One such man who has made quite the name for himself at 185-pounds is Paulo Costa.


Not many in the UFC have been able to provide the thrill Paulo Costa has been able to through his fights. Since his debut in the UFC, Costa has won six fights in the promotion while losing only two. The Brazilian holds notable wins over the likes of Yoel Romero, Uriah Hall, and Luke Rockhold to name a few.

A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Costa is known for the power in his hands. His punches and kicks are enought to put his opponents to sleep or rather erase their existence in the octagon on that particular night. The same is further justified by his nickname.

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Paulo Costa speaks in detail about his nickname

Paulo Costa x Marvin Vettori
Paulo Costa in the octagon

UFC middleweight Paulo Costa is often refered to as ‘Borrachinha’ or ‘The Eraser.’ While the former was his original nickname, the Brazilian Costa wanted to be called ‘The Eraser.’

In Portugese, ‘Borrachinha’ stands for little rubber. Costa received this nickname from his older brother who was known as ‘rubber man’ due to his elasticity. However, the former 185-pound fighter felt that the original meaning of the word did not translate well to English, and hence he decided to go with another word that stood for rubber in Portugese.

Ahead of his fight with Johnny Hendricks at UFC 217, Paulo Costa spoke about the same. He said, “The Eraser’ is the best translation; it’s like, ‘I will erase you, Johny Hendricks.” (h/t MMA Junkie)

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Whether he joked about erasing Hendricks or no, Costa stayed true to his word. The Brazilian put a massve beating on Hendricks and eventually won the fight via TKO in round 2. After this bout, ‘The Eraser’ signed a new multi-fight contract and grew his stardom further. What do you think of Paulo Costa’s nickname? Which fighter’s nickname is your favorite in the UFC? Let us know your answers in the comments below.

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