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Costa not interested in facing Khamzat again: “F*ck him”



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Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa. Photo via JM Sweep and Instagram (@borrachinhamma)

Former middleweight title challenger Paulo Costa has no interest in facing Khamzat Chimaev if he beats Robert Whittaker on Saturday.

“I don’t think too many people take him seriously anymore. He just stopped fighting,” Costa said.

“He didn’t beat anybody in the middleweight division, top contenders or even top 15. He didn’t beat anybody in the top 15 in the middleweight division. How can you take this guy seriously?”

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Paulo Costa: “Going to fight a guy much more qualified”

Costa’s infected elbow forced him to pull out out of their previously scheduled fight this past October, and Chimaev faced former welterweight king Kamaru Usman instead.

“He could barely beat Usman on 10 days, short notice. Usman is a welterweight. He didn’t cut weight to middleweight and everybody saw that fight. I was there. But after I beat Whittaker, I will not hear his name. Fuck him.”

“Of course I would love to fight him in Abu Dhabi. It didn’t happen. I was frustrated but I’m here right now and I’m going to fight a guy much more qualified than him. Whittaker has better credentials than he ever had. I don’t believe he’s going to jump and fight for the belt before me.”

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