Paulo Costa had to cancel his fight against Robert Whittaker due to health problems. He won't be ready for April 17, when their match was scheduled, but it looks like we won't wait too long for his return to the Octagon.
In a conversation with the Sherdog.com portal, the Brazilian explained that he contracted the flu, and the symptoms he has are very serious, so at one point he became aware that he would not be 100 percent by mid-April. It seems that after making a mistake in the match against Adesanya for the reason that he was not ready, Costa does not want to make the same mistake again and seems to want to be patient and wait until he is completely fit and healthy.
Costa is aware that he could and should have done better then, but now it is too late, and he is about to correct the mistakes he made and try to get to the top. "After the fight with Israel Adesanya, I promised myself that I would never fight again if I wasn't the most physically fit.
So I called my manager Wallid Ismail and asked him to postpone the fight to May 1 or 8," Costa explains.
Gastelum vs Whittaker
But the fight was not postponed in the end. The UFC found another solution and awarded Whittaker Kelvin Gastelum as an opponent.
"I'm back in training this week and I'd be at 60 percent for April 17, and that's not ideal. But by May 1 or 8, I'm definitely ready," Costa continues. Now that the fight with Whittaker, at least for a while, is not in play, ‘Borrachinha’ is turning to other options in the middleweight division.
It will certainly be interesting to find out Costa's next opponent and to see Costa completely ready "I'd love to fight a TOP 5 opponent. Jared Cannonier or Jack Hermansson - anyone the fans or the UFC want. I'll be ready," Costa revealed his wishes.
The Brazilian briefly commented on other events in the middleweight division, revealing that he expects Whittaker's victory over Gastelum, as well as the celebration of Darren Till in the clash with Mavrin Vettori. And in the same conversation, Paulo also referred to the recent fight between Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz.
"Everyone knows how much I hate Adesanya, but I have to admit he fought better than I expected. I personally predicted Blachowicz's victory with a break," the Brazilian added.