Paulo Costa has accused Yoel Romero of being a dirty fighter days after their Fight of The Night scrap at UFC 241.
The middleweight pair finally met at the Honda Center last weekend, following three-consecutive fallouts, and delivered a classic fight in front of a mammoth crowd in California.
After going back and forth for three rounds, it was Costa who came out on top as he won all scorecards for a unanimous decision victory, which sparked debate on social media.
Romero’s fans cried robbery as they believed that the Cuban fighter won the last two rounds after a sluggish start.
Costa, meanwhile, insisted that he won all rounds convincingly while revealing that his opponent used some dirty tactics during their middleweight clash.
Paulo Costa beats Yoel Romero by unanimous decision
Fight of the year candidate 🔥 pic.twitter.com/cO5gHbv84J
— Bleacher Report MMA (@BR_MMA) August 18, 2019
In an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, ‘Borrachina’ claimed that Romero is a dirty fighter after he attempted to avoid a knockout at UFC 241 by breaking Costa’s focus in the first round.
“He’s a nice guy, but he’s dirty.”
“In the first round, when I make a hook in his face, he went down then got up very quickly, and I say man I will knock him out in the first round because he feel my punch, my first punch, and I started hunting him in the octagon.”
“And when I close to knock him out, he point on something, anywhere, I don’t know. Like look there Paulo, and I lose concentration, because he point something, maybe his mouth piece fall.”
“The second thing, my knee not hit his balls. My knee hit his stomach, and he said, ‘Oh, you hit my balls,’ and he jumped back, and the referee (said) stop, stop.”
“I don’t know him deep, but he’s a nice guy, he looks like a nice guy, but his kind of fight is not clean.”
Paulo Costa’s five-fight UFC win streak is the third-longest active streak at middleweight behind champions Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.
Costa becomes the 12th Brazilian fighter to start their UFC career 5-0. Six of those fighters have been a UFC champion. pic.twitter.com/NwCBl6gvJj
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 18, 2019
Costa has been undefeated in his five UFC outings, with three of those wins coming by way of technical knockout.
After defeating Romero, the Brazilian prospect is likely to get the next title shot and will face the eventual winner of the unification bout starring Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker.
“I bring my best for this fight. I’m training like a crazy man. Yoel Romero is a real beast.”
“I just came here to take my belt. I will be waiting for Adesanya against Whittaker.”
“After this fight, I want my chance to prove I am the champion.”
Asked if he wants to step in as a replacement for either Adesanya or Whittaker, the ripped middleweight contender said he does not train hard to become a backup.
He also said that whoever wins the undisputed title would have a big problem against him in the cage.
— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) August 22, 2019
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