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Paulo Costa to face former champion at UFC 298

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Paulo Costa will face Robert Whittaker. Photo: Gary A. Vasquez – USA TODAY Sports

Third time’s the charm!

After two previously failed attempts, Paulo Costa and Robert “Bobby Knuckles” Whittaker are once again booked to clash. This time at UFC 298 on February 17, 2024, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The fight was announced by UFC CEO Dana White.

No. 3 ranked Whittaker intends to bounce back after a tough second-round TKO loss to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 290 in July. No. 6 ranked Costa will fight for the first time since August 2022, when he defeated Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision at UFC 278.

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UFC 298 with Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker

UFC 298 is headlined by a featherweight title bout between dominant champion Alexander Volkanovski and undefeated challenger Ilia Topuria.

Check out the fight card below!

  • Featherweight bout: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Ilia Topuria
  • Middleweight bout: Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa
  • Welterweight bout: Geoff Neal vs. Ian Machado Garry
  • Bantamweight bout: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo
  • Heavyweight bout: Tai Tuivasa vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Women’s Strawweight bout: Tatiana Suarez vs. Amanda Lemos
  • Middleweight bout: Anthony Hernandez vs. Ikram Aliskerov
  • Heavyweight bout: Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Justin Tafa Light
  • Heavyweight bout: Zhang Mingyang vs. Brendson Ribeiro
  • Welterweight bout: Yusaku Kinoshita vs. Danny Barlow
  • Women’s Flyweight bout: Andrea Lee vs. Miranda Maverick

* Fight card is a subject of change.

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