The Emergence of the UFC's Newest Light Heavyweight Title Contender

The Emergence of the UFC's Newest Light Heavyweight Title Contender

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The Emergence of the UFC's Newest Light Heavyweight Title Contender

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Paulo “The Eraser” Costa did not come out on the right side of his latest fight against Marvin Vettori, but he just may have laid the foundation for a new start for his career at 205 pounds. 

Prior to this Saturday’s fight, Costa had fought the entirety of his 14-fight career at Middleweight. After showing up at 211 pounds for fight week, Costa proposed a catchweight fight at 195 pounds, which was then bumped up to the 205-pound limit before the fight. 

After a five-round war against Vettori, Costa has been left in somewhat of a no-man’s land. Dana White came right out and stated that he will continue out his career at middleweight, while Costa’s agent seemed pretty upset with that notion, as he has previously advocated for a rematch with the 185-pound champ, Israel Adesanya. 

Assuming White forces the move up to Light Heavyweight, the title picture has gotten a lot more interesting. Light Heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz will face Glover Teixeira next week in Abu Dhabi, with No. 2 contender Jiri Prochazka on-site as a last-minute replacement. Even after coming off back-to-back losses, Costa would most likely start off among the top five contenders. We could see a potential matchup against Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, or another intriguing matchup would be former 205-pound title challenger Dominick Reyes.

“The Eraser” will have to cut down on the pre-fight antics as long as he wants to maintain a career in the UFC, but it seems that a move up in weight may be exactly what he needs to get back on the right track.

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