The main event of UFC Vegas 41 was headlined by two of the most exciting middleweights on this planet. Marvin Vettori defeated Paulo Costa after beating the hell out of each other for 5 full rounds. This was one of the best fights of this year, but it got attention for all the wrong reasons.
The fight was supposed to happen at middleweight but Costa showed up 20 pounds extra and refused to make the weight. The UFC had to change it to the light heavyweight, and people condemned Costa for disrespecting his opponent, and the entire sport of MMA. Former middleweight champion Rober Whittaker believes what Costa did was absolutely disgusting, and he showed no professionalism, he said, “Honestly, it’s just complete bull**it…it was garbage. Why have contracts and rules and sign dotted lines for anything if you’re just going to go up and do whatever you want? I know amateur fighters who fight on local scenes with 100 people that watch who have more professionalism than he showed on the weekend.”
He added, “You could see he wasn’t going to make it, they made each weight days prior because they knew he wasn’t going to make it. He didn’t make the catch weight, so they had to bump it up again. Hats of to Vettori for taking that fight like a stud, keeping the card alive. And Costa, you’re a bloody mess mate.”
“I feel like you’d get beaten up in the car park,” Dan Hooker calls out Paulo Costa for being extremely disrespectful to the sport
UFC’s lightweight contender Dan Hooker believes Costa’s behavior was extremely disrespectful to everyone. Talking to Submission Radio, he said, “What Costa did, he didn’t earn the right to do that. It was a funny situation because it was only what, a couple of weeks ago that we let Nick Diaz roll up and do it. But Paulo Costa hadn’t done for the sport what Nick Diaz had done, but obviously same result, he got the weight class changed entirely. So I don’t know, it’s kind of funny, like a bit of a power play. But it’s not for me, it’s not like the Anzac culture of the sport.”
Hooker claims something like that would have never happened in his home country, he said, “That would never happen, something like that in New Zealand or Australia. I feel like if you just showed up to a local kickboxing show with your fighter 10 kilos (approx. 22 pounds) overweight and you were like, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I feel like you’d get beaten up in the car park. It’s just a sign of respect. That’s all it is. It’s a matter of respect.”