LAS VEGAS – If Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 196 headliner remains to be going to occur, it doesn’t appear will probably be at middleweight.
Brazilian contender Paulo Costa at the moment confirmed that he isn’t inside placing distance of the 186-pound non-title restrict and can want for opponent Marvin Vettori to comply with a catchweight as a way to compete at this weekend’s occasion.
“I think this fight will happen – it just will not happen if he does not want to fight me,” Costa instructed MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s media day. “Maybe we can do a catchweight. Ninety kilos (approximately 198 pounds), maybe. I think making this fight (at a catchweight) could be more exciting to the fans – more explosive fight because I want to go bring the fight for him. Maybe he wants to bring the fight to me. So, I think with both guys heavy, this knockout can happen easily.”
Costa (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Vettori (17-4-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) are scheduled to fulfill in the primary occasion of UFC Fight Night 196, which streams reside on ESPN+ from the UFC Apex.
Earlier within the media day session, Vettori had warned of Costa’s potential weight struggles, and the Brazilian admitted he was 96 kilos (roughly 212 kilos) as he sat down to deal with the media and that hitting the middleweight restrict was merely not going to be attainable. He additionally mentioned his supervisor, Wallid Ismail, was already involved with Vettori’s group about the necessity to make a change.
“It’s not on the schedule to make 185 anymore,” Costa mentioned. “It’s another weight above that, but I’m not exactly sure which weight yet.”
As for the rationale why he’s at present struggling to make weight, Costa was rather less forthcoming.
“I will tell after the fight,” Costa mentioned with a smile.
Vettori beforehand indicated he was prepared to take the matchup at any weight, together with all the best way as much as 205 kilos. However, there will definitely be some dialogue about monetary penalties paid to Vettori for the privilege of the change. If an settlement may be made, the combat is a giant one between two fighters who’ve confirmed themselves to be within the higher echelon of the 185-pound division with Costa checking in at No. 5 within the newest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie middleweight rankings, and Vettori simply behind at No. 7.
Costa mentioned he hasn’t spent a lot time actually breaking down his opponent however believes if he focuses on his personal sport, victory is assured.
“I really don’t think about (Vettori’s style),” Costa mentioned. “I even don’t watch his fights and his style to study him, to study his movement. I just focus on me. I know he sometimes goes to striking, sometimes he’s grappling. I’m prepared for all situations.”
Vettori’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, was not instantly obtainable for remark, and promotion officers have but to announce any modifications to the bout’s standing. So now, we wait phrase of an settlement.
While it appears a possible profession setback for Costa, he doesn’t imagine his time at 185 kilos is completed and thinks he’ll problem once more for the belt within the close to future moderately than transfer as much as 205 kilos.
“I can fight at light heavyweight, but I think it’s not the moment,” Costa mentioned. “I can fight for the title again and take the belt.”