UFC middleweight contender Paulo ‘Borrachina’ Costa said Israel Adesanya would be no match for him if their time comes to lock horns in the Octagon.
Stretching his winning streak to five fights, Brazilian standout Paulo Costa, survived Yoel Romero in an all-out war at UFC 241 last weekend to inch closer to his dream title shot.
The middleweight pair took home extra $50 000 each as their instant classic bout secured the Fight Of The Night honours.
Though the result raised some eyebrows, Costa was confident that he won all three rounds, which erased doubts about his legitimacy as a title contender.
Before UFC 241, ‘Borrachina’ piled up four straight wins since his promotional debut, with his first three victories were won by way of technical knockout.
His most recent win has fueled talks about him fighting the winner of the unification bout between Adesanya and the reigning middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker.
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 the post-UFC 241 press conference, ‘Borrachina’ gave comments about the middleweight champions and said both fighters are afraid of him after he manhandled Romero.
“I think that both are looking to me … scared,” he told the gathered media, per MMA Mania.
“Because the both guys know now they have a very, very tough guy looking for them. I think Whittaker will beat Adesanya, but … I beat Romero. For me, Romero won against Robert Whittaker.”
Should Adesanya emerge as the undisputed champion, Costa vows to kill him in a fight after previously saying that the Brazilian has dinosaur arms.
“But if Adesanya won, takes the belt? Man. I can kill that guy!”
“He’s very skinny, he not have a chance against me. It’s personal with Adesanya. I think he will defeat.”
“Because Adesanya talks shit about me too.”
“And after my last fight against Uriah Hall in 2018, he asked me to fight against him and he say ‘I can beat this!'”
“He say I have, uh … ‘dinosaur arms.’ So. It’s personal.”
Paulo Costa’s shinbone making Yoel Romero’s face look like the scream emoji is the photograph of the night so far at UFC 241. 😱
— Alan Dawson (@AlanDawsonSport) August 18, 2019
Not A Backup
Asked if he is willing to step in as a replacement if and when Whittaker or Adesanya pulls out of the unification bout, Costa said he does not train hard to become a backup.
“No, no, absolute no. Not backup.”
“I trained so hard to be a backup. I train so hard. I need to confirm the fight to do my camp. My camp is wild, it’s jungle wild.”
“Look, I forget to say in the Octagon, I broken my ribs this year. I broke two ribs on this last camp. I broke my biceps, clear off the leg.”
“Man, this is crazy. I bring nine fighters to spar with me.”
“Our guys go back to home with injuries because of wild train camp. I cannot be a backup. I need to confirm that fight to make my camp.”
— MMA Hub (@MMAHubTweets) August 18, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa)