Paulo Costa Says He Can Kill Israel Adesanya If They Fight

Paulo Costa is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero this past weekend at UFC 241.

A victorious Costa believes that if he gets the opportunity to fight UFC Interim Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya, it would lead to Costa killing Adesanya.

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“I think that both are looking to me, scared,” Costa said at the UFC 241 post-fight press conference (via Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting). “Because both guys know now they have a very, very tough guy looking for them. I think Whittaker will beat Adesanya, but I beat Romero. For me, Romero won against Robert Whittaker, but if Adesanya won, takes the belt, man I can kill that guy. He’s very skinny, he does not have a chance against me.”

Adesanya and UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker will collide in a title unification bout in two months at UFC 243

Costa could be the backup fighter for that UFC 243 main event, but it is a role that the fighter is refusing.

“No, absolutely not. … Not backup,” Costa said. “I trained [too] hard to be a backup. I train so hard. I need to confirm the fight to do my camp. My camp is wild, it’s jungle wild. Look, I forget to say in the Octagon, I broke my ribs this year. I broke two ribs in this last camp. I broke my biceps, clear off the leg. This is crazy. I bring nine fighters to spar with me. Our guys go back to home with injuries because of wild training camp. I cannot be a backup, I need to confirm that fight to make my camp.”

The Brazilian slugger is ranked #7 in the UFC Middleweight Division, meaning that he is getting closer to a potential shot at either Adesanya or Whittaker.

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