“I broke my hand in the fight,” Costa said.
Costa has one more fight on his UFC contract before becoming a free agent, despite his claims to the contrary leading up to UFC 278.
Dana White, president of the UFC, has expressed interest in re-signing Costa if the fighter can prove his fitness and return to action.
Costa stated there is hope he might return to the cage at one of the three UFC events in December, but a fight on home territory when UFC 283 visits Rio de Janeiro on January 21 is more plausible.
“I’ll have to fight in December or January. We’ll have a UFC card in Rio, so maybe it happens there. It’s up to the UFC.” Costa said.