UFC fighter Paulo Costa, 31, underwent a major weight loss by losing 40 pounds for his fight against Luke Rockhold at the UFC 278 pay-per-view (PPV) event in August. He praises Paddy Pimblett for his help which led him to fight Luke in the middleweight weight class.
Paulo Henrique Costa aka Paulo Costa is a Brazilian professional MMA fighter, born on April 21, 1991, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He now competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Middleweight category (UFC).
Costa is the son of odd part-timers Carlos Roberto and Maria Augusta. He has an older brother, Carlos Costa, who is a former MMA fighter and one of his coaches.
Paulo joined a jiu-jitsu gym with his brother as a youngster, only to abandon the sport when their father died of throat cancer when he was 17. He returned to jiu-jitsu a few years later and began fighting under the supervision of his brother, who was already a purple belt at the time.
Costa made his professional MMA debut in February 2012 in his home country of Brazil. His brother eventually convinced their mother to financially support him for a year in order to pursue his professional martial arts career. He is ranked #6 in the UFC middleweight rankings as of August 1, 2022.
On June 3, 2017, at UFC 212, Costa faced Oluwale Bamgbose and won the match in the second round by TKO. Following the fight with Bamgbose, UFC proposed a new contract, but the parties could not agree on financial conditions. After that, the UFC proposed a fight with former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, promising to renegotiate after the fight.
Recently, after a UFC PI confrontation in Las Vegas, Paulo Costa posted a video labeling Khamzat Chimaev a false gangster on his YouTube channel, where he seems to be finishing a training session with Jake Shields. As the video spread, people are being wondered about his health and fitness as well as curious about his weight loss appearance.
Paulo Costa’s Weight Loss: How Many Pounds Did He Lose?
UFC fighter Paulo Costa @borrachinhamma), 31, has lost 40 pounds thanks to the help of Paddy Pimblett. Paulo Costa has reached the middleweight weight class for his UFC 278 battle against Luke Rockhold after losing 40 pounds.
Earlier in August, former middleweight title contender Paulo was talking about his new and improved body as he prepared for his fight with Luke Rockhold at the UFC 278 pay-per-view (PPV) at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Costa assured reporters at the UFC 278 media that he underwent a significant weight loss for his bout against Rockhold while admitting that Paddy Pimblett (@theufcbaddy) assisted him in his training. His diet often gets more attention than his matches, with the UFC star gaining 45 pounds since his last fight after feasting on junk food. He explained,
Yeah, he gave me a few instructions, Man, if you look for me and Paddy, it’s not a joke anymore. We have to cut a lot of weight in a short time. When I saw Paddy fight two weeks ago, I tweeted this I said man, this is a short time to cut that much weight, but he did it. He did great, and me as well! We know how to cut weight.
The Brazilian’s fight against Marvin Vettori at middleweight was originally scheduled at 185 pounds. It was 195 pounds back then. Finally, the 205-pound main fight between Costa and Vettori at UFC Vegas 41 was confirmed.
Paulo Costa’s social media photos and videos show the Brazilian fighter looking exceptionally fit and not as overweight as he has in the past. That’s a positive indication because he blew his last match by showing up excessively overweight on fight day.
Costa was declared done fighting at 185 pounds by Dana White, but Borrachinha must have convinced the UFC that he’d get things under control. Now it appears like he is on his way to proving that he can still compete at middleweight, and this diet may be the healthiest of his career.
After current champion Israel Adesanya defended his belt against former kickboxing champion Alex Pereira at UFC 281 in November, the winner of Costa versus Rockhold might generate the next contender for the middleweight title.
Paulo Costa Mocks Khamzat Chimaev by Saying Him a False Gangster!
Paulo Costa and Khamzat Chimaev had an argument earlier this week at the UFC PI in Las Vegas, which Costa recorded on his YouTube account. He is finishing off a training session with Jake Shields when Chimaev confronts him, and the two exchange heated words before being dragged away by Chimaev’s squad.
Fortunately, Costa and Chimaev can settle their differences easily through their fight inside the ring. Although Chimaev is eyeing a welterweight title chance. Likewise, Borz has also fought at middleweight and has stated his desire to fight for the 185-pound title if a welterweight title shot is not happening. However, Costa feels Chimaev would avoid a fight with himself.
While Chimaev would disagree with Costa’s logic, it looks like Borrachinha is correct about Chimaev’s lack of enthusiasm in a battle. Khamzat Chimaev dismissed the prospect of facing Costa during the UFC 279 media day by saying,
I don’t fight with that guy. Somebody already f***** him up in the a*s