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Paulo Costa agrees to four-fight UFC deal, wants Khamzat in 2023



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Paulo Costa. Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like popular middleweight Paulo Costa will stay in the UFC after all.

The former title challenger announced Wednesday that he has agreed to a new four-fight UFC deal.

“I haven’t signed the contract yet but we have reached a deal with the UFC regarding the pay,” Costa said in an recent interview with PVT. “It wasn’t easy, there was a lot of hard work, and I have to highlight Tamara’s [Costa’s manager] brilliant work here.”

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Paulo Costa wants Khamzat in October

The Brazilian middleweight revealed that he’s currently discussing with the UFC regarding his next fight.

According to Costa, he was offered a fight against Sean Strickland in May, or face Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294 in October. Both fights seemed interesting for the top ranked contender.

“I want that too,” Costa said about fighting Strickland and Chimaev in 2023. “[The UFC] wants to make sure this Chimaev fight happen at all costs, but I want to make both happen. We’ll see.”

Paulo Costa’s last UFC fight took place at UFC 278 in August last year. After three hard-fought rounds of action he defeated former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision.

Before the win against Rockhold he had a back-to-back losses against Marvin Vettori and Israel Adesanya. All in all he has a professional MMA record of 14-2, with 6-2 in the UFC.

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