After almost a year on the sidelines, fight fans can finally anticipate the return of Khamzat Chimaev, the dynamic and formidable fighter known for his fierce intensity. This time, however, his comeback is underscored by an extra layer of intrigue.
It's official: Chimaev is back and ready to assert his dominance in the middleweight category, as he squares up against a worthy adversary, Paulo Costa, in Abu Dhabi later this year. The air is charged with anticipation and animosity alike, not only on the canvas of the octagon but also on social media.
Chimaev and Costa have already begun to trade barbs, fanning the flames of their rivalry. While some spectators perceive this as a strategic move to stir up interest in the impending bout, Costa insists that this feud is more than just a marketing gimmick.
Subtitle: Costa's Take: A Real Beef, A Clash of Titans
Costa's comments in a recent interview with MMA Junkie, facilitated by his partners at OnlyFans, reveal the depth of his disdain for Chimaev. “100 percent (real),” Costa declared, comparing his upcoming clash with Chimaev to his previous, intensely personal match with Adesanya. “I hate that dude.
I’m training to make him suffer. Not only to beat him, but I want to do that in great style. I put all my skills and all my concentration, focus to be better than ever. Physically, mentally, technically. All parts together to help me perform better than ever." Despite acknowledging that the fight is slated to take place in Chimaev's favored venue, Costa remains unphased and confident, stating, "I know over there in Abu Dhabi it will be kind of his house, but I don’t care.
I’m going there to take over”. Speaking candidly about his expectations for the fight, Costa asserts, “I don’t really expect that he dies. It’s just an expression, but honestly, I don’t see any chance of him winning the fight.
Honestly. I’m being very honest. This will be savage. This will be fireworks. This will be wild. I bring my best. I will be there”.
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