Marvin Vettori claims Paulo Costa gained’t make middleweight for UFC Fight Night 196 and that he’s asking for extra kilos for the matchup.
Vettori (17-5-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) arrived at Wednesday’s media day and revealed there’s some ongoing drama behind the scenes stemming from Costa’s incapacity to make the contracted 186-pound restrict for Saturday’s headliner on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, which streams on ESPN+.
“There’s some sh*t going on – he had some problems with weight,” Vettori advised reporters, together with MMA Junkie. “I stated I’ll combat him at any weight, however on the finish of the day we nonetheless should all be skilled. He’s not skilled. F*ck, all of us undergo weight cuts. He has to do a few of it. So, we’ll see.
“The last thing I want is for the fight to be scratched, so I’ll fight him at any weight. With that being said, he needs to suffer a little bit making weight. All of us go through that. That shows. He’s a lot overweight.”
Drama alert! Marvin Vettori says Paulo Costa is “a lot overweight” for Saturday’s major occasion.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) October 20, 2021
Vettori stated neither Costa (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), his group nor UFC brass have formally requested him to alter the burden division, however it seems some issues may need sorting by way of.
In Vettori’s thoughts, although, he’s combating it doesn’t matter what. He’s determined to rebound from his title-fight loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 263 in June, and he needs to get himself again within the combine with a win over Costa.
By the time they step within the octagon, it’d now not be a middleweight contest, however Vettori stated as long as issues are affordable, he’s in for any changes.
“Nothing’s official, I just know he’s a lot overweight,” Vettori stated. “He’s a lot overweight. We’ll have to find some solution. I’ll say, ‘Yes, let’s do it at 205.’ He should be able to do better than that, but worst case I’ll still fight him at 205.”