Anthony Smith questions Paulo Costa’s knockout ability: “Hasn’t knocked out anybody”

Anthony Smith shares his thoughts on Paulo Costa's hard-hitting/aggressive striking.

by Aryan Lakhani
Anthony Smith questions Paulo Costa’s knockout ability: “Hasn’t knocked out anybody”
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Anthony Smith is having a difficult time digesting the ‘knockout specialist’ impression given to Paulo Costa. Anthony Smith justified his argument by highlighting Paulo Costa’s knockout record and explaining how he hasn’t secured a knockout in any of his recent fights.

Anthony Smith believes Paulo Costa does not appear to be as threatening as people think he is. Paulo Costa last secured a knockout win in 2018, it came up against Uriah Hall. It’s been almost 7 years since Paulo Costa knocked someone out in the cage.

It will be interesting to see if he claims a knockout win against Robert Whittaker on 17th February. Paulo Costa needs to consistently be on the winning page if obtaining a title shot is a strong must-do on his task list.

Anthony Smith on Paulo Costa

Recently, on the Believe You Me podcast, Anthony Smith explained why he can comprehend Paulo Costa as a knockout artist or a hard hitter.

“I know that everyone’s going to get mad at me when I say this, but Paulo’s always been regarded as this crazy heavy hitter knockout artist, but he hasn’t knocked out anybody in a while,” Smith said, as quoted by

“Is he explosive and aggressive? And he does land a lot of shots absolutely, but think of the last person he flatlined. I couldn’t even tell you off the top of my head. He was in there with Luke. He had Luke Rockhold hurt a couple of times and wasn’t able to put him out.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he doesn’t have power. I’m saying he’s not flatlining people where they’re nervous about it, the Johny Hendricks (win) was like an overwhelming – it was a TKO, but he’s not scaring people off”.

Anthony Smith