UFC Vegas 41 saw the return of the dangerous Paulo Costa. The Brazilian last fought Israel Adesanya back in September 2020. He suffered his first MMA career loss that night. His opponent, ‘The Italian Dream’ Marvin Vettori was coming off a loss against Adesanya as well. It was at UFC 263.
Leg kick from Paulo Costa began the round. Another leg kick followed. Kick to the midsection from Costa followed, but he slipped and allowed Vettori to get a foothold. Clean left hand from Vettori. Kick to the body from Costa. Right hand from Vettori followed. Costa responded. Another body kick and a punch from Costa. Combo from Vettori. Leg kick from Costa. Big quick shots from Vettori. Right hand and a body kick from Costa. Stiff jab from Vettori. 10-9 Vettori
Paulo Costa gets a minus 1
Aggressive start from both the fighters. Costa continued with his kicks. Big kick from Costa rocked Vettori. However, he couldn’t get the finish, as the Italian weathered the storm. Costa was on the hunt. Big left from The Eraser. Vettori took Costa to the ground. An eye-poke time delay followed inflicted by Costa. Costa was deducted a point. Head kick x2 from Costa after the fight resumed. Big combo and quick strikes from Vettori followed. Big left hand from Vettori. 10-9 Vettori
Vettori was showcasing quick hands. Big left hand from Vettori a while later. Massive right hand from Costa followed. Body shot from Costa. Left hand from Vettori followed. Combo from Vettori. Big knee from Vettori saw Costa take Vettori to the ground. Costa attempted a guillotine but failed.
The fight goes the distance
Big body kick from Costa began the round. Big left hand from Costa. Combo from Vettori followed. Vettori unloaded a flurry of strikes before Costa came back to hit back with power punches of his own. Vettori hit Costa with a combo. Big left from Vettori. Body kick from Costa. 10-9 Costa
Hard body kick from Costa. He followed it with a couple of solid jobs. Big punches landed from Costa. Vettori played the clinch game. Huge right hand from Costa. Failed takedown attempt from Vettori. Kick to the body again from Costa. Massive leg kick to the head from Costa. Costa was ripping apart Vettori here. Big combo from Costa followed. Yet another takedown defense from Costa.
Winner: Marvin Vettori def. Paulo Costa via. unanimous decision (48-46×3)