Paulo Costa has finally revealed what caused all the drama pertaining to his weight leading up to the fight against Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41.
UFC Vegas 41 was a roller coaster. Paulo Costa vs Marvin Vettori was on the brink of getting scrapped with the Brazilian throwing a tantrum about the weight category. Just three days prior to the fight, Costa said to Marvin that he won’t be able to make 185 lbs, the weight at which both the fighters agreed to fight at. Marvin Vettori very generously agreed to fight at 195lbs but later the fighter requested another change and ended up making an agreement to fight at 205 lbs.
Despite getting the weight he wanted, Costa ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision to the Italian. In the post-fight press conference, it was only right for the Brazilian to give us an insight on the weight issue and he rightfully gave an explanation. “The only problem my friend is that I lost the fight so it will look like an excuse,” opened Costa answering a question from the reporter. Costa revealed that he had to stop training for a few weeks which stopped him from cutting some weight leading up to the fight.
Paulo Costa says he was injured in the training camp
After clarifying that he has no excuse for losing the fight, Costa went on to explain why he found it difficult to make weight. “I do not have an excuse for nothing. I did a good job there and Marvin as well. Congratulation to him and to me, I think, but I had some problems to not come in here with my usual weight. I came at a little bit higher weight because I needed to stop some weeks of training,” said Costa.
The fighter later clarified that it was an injury on his left bicep which caused a halt to his training camp. Though Costa sounded genuine with his reason, ‘The Italian Dream’ does not buy his excuse and is still astounded by how Costa was not professional coming into this fight.