It seems like we won’t be watching Paul Costa and Jared Cannonier on August 21 in the UFC’s main fight Fight Night. According to the latest information, the Brazilian fighter withdrew from that clash, but Cannonier still remains part of the 'card'
Namely, the UFC reacted quickly and found a replacement for Costa in Kelvin Gastelum. This will be Jared’s first appearance since a fight in which Robert Whittaker broke his streak of three consecutive wins. Gastelum, on the other hand, has had four defeats in his last five appearances, and the last one is also the work of Australian Whittaker.
It is interesting to mention that Kelvin was replacing the Brazilian Costa even then. We haven’t watched ‘Borrachinho’ in action since he suffered his first defeat in his professional career against Israel Adesanya last September.
And why did he cancel this match? Although it was not known in the first hours after the news appeared, Paulo now claims that he never actually signed a contract for that match.
"Just to clarify some things.
I never signed a contract or tied myself to that fight in any way. And why did the UFC announce a fight if I didn't sign? That's what I'm wondering," Costa wrote on Twitter, publicly asking for better terms: "The UFC has to pay me as someone to perform in the main fights of the evening.
YouTubers point us to all the shame of this business," he concluded, alluding probably to the money MMA fighters like Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley earn in matches with names like Jake Paul, but also statements by that famous YouTuber criticizing Dana White and telling him to pay his fighters more fairly.
And yes, it’s really fascinating how Youtubers can make that kind of money from a fight when those fights aren’t professional at all and look completely amateurish. However, the reason for this is the desire of people in the world for such matches, which is also worrying, given that such matches do not bring any adrenaline.
What such matches bring is huge money for fighters, for whom the fight is not in the foreground, but their main motivation is money. If things continue like this, many fighters will try other ways to make money and provide for themselves for life Just the best example is Mayweather who will fight Paul who is a complete amateur. But we are all aware of what this is all about...