Paulo Costa Says He Almost Fought For Interim Middleweight Title


Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya are scheduled to meet for the vacant UFC Interim Welterweight Title in the co-main event of UFC 236.

Paulo Costa, who is headlining UFC Fight Night Fort Lauderdale, says he almost got the title shot in Adesanya’s place.

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“The UFC offered it to Adesanya, (and) he said ‘No, I don’t want to fight for the interim,’” Costa said on Encarada (via MMA Junkie). “Then, the UFC offered me the fight with Gastelum. I said, ‘I’ll take it.’ Then they talked to Adesanya again, and Adesanya said yes. Since I was already with (Yoel) Romero, they put Adesanya there and me with Romero.”

Costa currently sits at #7 in the UFC Middleweight Division rankings and a win over Yoel Romero in Fort Lauderdale could earn him a shot at middleweight gold.

The middleweight contender is willing to wait until the middleweight title picture is cleared up before getting a shot at the gold.

“Regardless of who wins, Adesanya or Gastelum, when they fight for the title – if it happens, that fight for the title, because there can be injuries, a lot of things can happen – but if they fight for the undisputed title with Whittaker, I believe that, beating Romero, I’ll be next,” Costa said. “I’ll be awaiting this fight.”

UFC Fight Night Ft. Lauderdale takes place on Saturday, April 27 from the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on ESPN.

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