During Thursday's UFC 278 pre-fight press conference, Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold met for the first time in person after exchanging many harsh words in the media leading up to their upcoming bout.
After answering questions from the press, both Costa (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) locked eyes for the first time, letting their desperation for a win in the middleweight co-main event show.
Watch Costa vs. Rockhold in action from the UFC 278 press conference in the video up top.
After starting his career off undefeated, Costa enters this battle on the heels of two consecutive defeats. He faces former UFC and Strikeforce champion Rockhold, who hasn't fought since July 2019 and is looking for his first win in nearly five years, in an effort to turn things around.
The Vivant Arena hosts UFC 278. Following preliminary rounds on ABC/ESPN and early rounds on ESPN+, the main card will be shown on pay-per-view.