Paulo Costa claims that Khamzat Chimaev failed to make weight for UFC 279 because of him,
“I stole some of his hype. I stole his night’s sleep. I stole his cap. I stole his main event fight. I stole everything.”
“Chimaev, you need to do something, motherf—r. I stole everything that you had. Everything that you had. Your hat, I stole your night’s sleep. I stole your weigh-in. I stole everything. You are disturbed, so crazy. ‘Oh, I cannot do this, I will die.’ So, I think I need to fight that guy.
“For sure (I’m the reason he missed weight). He become so angry, so stressed. And he almost give up… he give up. He missed weight (by) eight pounds, almost nine. He gave up, for sure.”