LAS VEGAS – Paulo Costa offered perception into what prompted the combat week weight class modifications forward of his combat on Saturday towards Marvin Vettori.
In the times main as much as UFC Fight Night 196, the principle occasion bout which was initially set to happen at middleweight, ended up being a light-weight heavyweight combat after Costa (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) requested a number of modifications in the course of the week.
Earlier within the week, Costa mentioned he would discuss why he couldn’t make 185 kilos after the combat, and made good on that promise.
“The only problem, my friend, is that I lost the fight, so it will look like an excuse,” Costa instructed MMA Junkie in the course of the post-fight information convention. “I do not have an excuse for nothing. I did a good job there, Marvin as well. Congratulations for 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.”
When requested to make clear if it was a particular harm that led to him taking time away from coaching, Costa checked out his arm and easily replied, “My left bicep.”
Ultimately, Costa and Vettori (18-4-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) made it to the cage and created an incredible predominant occasion on Saturday night, regardless of the change from 185 to 205 kilos. Vettori emerged victorious by unanimous choice, which was one thing that perplexed the Brazilian as he assessed the injury sustained within the combat.
“Physically I’m good, but my foot is a balloon,” Costa mentioned as he confirmed off the swelling on his proper foot. “I kicked him a lot on his body, on his head. I think maybe his left arm should be very hurt and his body as well. I don’t really understand why the judges saw that result. I really believe I won.”
Costa was docked some extent by referee Jason Herzog within the second spherical after a watch poke prompted a pause within the motion. Herzog did verbally warn Costa to observe his fingers within the first spherical, and after a poke occurred within the second, he took some extent.
“He’s a very good referee,” Costa mentioned. “I don’t understand why he took one point from me on the very first stoppage. …I really don’t understand that.”
While Costa walks away together with his second-straight loss, his largest concern going ahead could also be with which weight class he might be preventing on the subsequent time he competes. According to UFC president Dana White, that’s already determined, because the boss mentioned he might be competing at 205 kilos, following the occasions that unfolded this week.