UFC President Dana White made it clear that former UFC middleweight title challenger Paulo Costa's fighting future will be at light heavyweight following UFC Vegas 41 on Saturday night.
White spoke with the media at the post-fight press conference following Costa's unanimous decision loss to Marvin Vettori in the night's main event and believes after the weight-cutting debacle the Brazilian went through during fight week, he now will be forced to compete permanently at 205 pounds as long as he's with the promotion.
“He’s a light heavyweight,” White said (h/t MMA Fighting). “He was in shape. It’s not like the guy showed up out of shape, or the guy has lost his mind and wasn’t training for this fight and just showed up and was overweight. He obviously trained. He can’t make ’85. It just goes to show you that he cannot make 185 pounds. We absolutely tell you where to fight when this happens. He’s going to have to fight at 205.”