Despite the setback, it looks like Costa still has his eyes on UFC gold, wanting to win three titles before retiring.
“My career plan is simply to retain three belts and retire. I can fight at welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight. I want to do boxing afterwards, before I turn 35. Who was a plan B never accomplishes plan A or B. You can’t have a plan B in life. When you have a plan B, you’ll give up in the first adversity you face. So what did I do? I said I would never have a plan B. My only one is plan A,” Costa says to AG Fight.
Costa currently holds no titles in the UFC, but is sitting at #8 in the UFC Middleweight Division rankings.
The fighter has sacrificed a lot to make those dreams come true, including valuable time with family.
“I never had money to catch the bus to go train, nor to buy my supplements. I spent six months away from home. I spent Christmas, New Year’s, everything, away from my family, with no means to go visit them. I simply soldiered through all that, because I had no plan B,” says Costa.
A confident Costa believes he can win gold at welterweight (current champion is Tyron Woodley), middleweight (current champion is Robert Whittaker) and light heavyweight (current champion is Daniel Cormier).