Paulo Costa will not compete in the middleweight at UFC Vegas 41.
On Wednesday, the former UFC title challenger revealed he would not be able to reduce the 186-pound limit for his scheduled main fight against Marvin Vettori.
“My weight right now is 96 kilograms (211 pounds),” Costa said on media day at UFC Vegas 41. “What happened yesterday, [my manager] Wallid [Ismail] talked with some people with him, Ali [Abdelaziz], his manager I think, and it is not planned to do 185 [pounds] more. It is another weight. I’m not exactly [sure] what weight still.
Inactive for the past 13 months since his loss to defending UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Costa was making his comeback against another top fighter in the division in hopes he could come back anytime soon. continued in the title race.
Now Costa could be in danger of not participating at all unless a deal can be made with Vettori and his team to reserve the fight as a catch weight or maybe even a lightweight fight on Saturday.
“I think this fight will take place,” Costa said. “It just won’t happen if he doesn’t want to fight me. Maybe we can do a catch weight 195 [pounds] maybe but i’m thinking of doing this fight [205 pounds] could be more exciting for the fans.
“A more explosive fight because I want to go bring the fight to him. Maybe he wants to bring me the fight. I think with the two heavy guys this knockout can happen easily.
Of course, Vettori isn’t to blame for the fight going on or not, especially since both athletes have been signed on to compete in the middleweight division.
Costa is just hoping his team can reconcile with Vettori and the UFC on a new weight for the fight, which is only three days away.
“Make a little difference for me now, four or five pounds, six pounds. I don’t care, ”Costa said. “I am more focused on my weight than on its weight. I don’t care if he earns 225 pounds or more. We have to find a catch weight to do. I don’t know exactly yet.
Negotiations to keep the fight on the card are still ongoing, but Costa’s manager Wallid Ismail said MMA time that he is convinced that they will eventually reconcile with Vettori in order for the fight to take place.
“We’re going to finalize the deal, how it’s going to work, the engine weight, but let me get there,” Ismail said Wednesday. “But the most important thing now is [Costa] has to do his best to show the world what he’s doing. We can’t talk a lot, just for the time of the fight. It’s going to be a dead weight, that’s for sure.
Costa added that he will explain “after the fight” why he was so far above the middleweight limit at a later date, but for now he is only focused on making a deal so that ‘he can still enter the Octagon on Saturday and fight with Vettori. in the main event.