A Twitter battle between the two recently took place, but everything kicked off between the two when Johnson said the following about Costa’s loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 on the Real Quick With Mike Swick podcast (via Derek Hall of Middle Easy):
“Hey, being skinny has its advantages, dude. I don’t understand all of a sudden either why Costa is getting so upset after he saw what Stylebender did to him, you know? I was like ‘Dude, you were the one talking so much and then he gets you at the end and now you mad? Because he embarrassed you? Come on man, grow some balls. Man up to that.’ It is what it is. You can’t demand a rematch either after a performance like that either. That’s not smart. That’s not gonna sell for sure.”
Those comments from Johnson led to the following Twitter battle between the two:
Costa: “Anthony rumble Johnson shut up moron you even don’t know which weight class you should fight.”
Johnson: “I don’t do the talking back and forth but the last BBC you did that to f–ked your a– at the end DOGGY STYLE Now your name is LOOSE BOOTY You must want missionary next by me? I respect you but make sure you know your role… I’m not the 1 kid.”
Johnson is set to return to the UFC at light heavyweight and Costa has hinted at moving up to light heavyweight before, so a battle between the two could go down in the Octagon.