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Paulo Costa latest UFC fighter to eye career in boxing because MMA is wack

Why do so many successful MMA fighters feel the need to cement their combat sports legacy with a run in the “sweet science?”

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Brazilian beefcake Paulo Costa has yet to beat a top five middleweight and he’s already talking about hooking the sharks in the 205-pound tank, which include Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, just to name a few.

Hey, can’t knock a guy for confidence.

And after “The Eraser” captures three championship titles inside the Octagon, he’s going to do what previous champions Jose Aldo and Ronda Rousey promised — but never fulfilled — and cross over to boxing to close out his combat sports career.

“My career plan is simply to retain three belts and retire,” Costa told AG Fight (via Bloody Elbow). “I can fight at welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight. I want to do boxing afterwards, before I turn 35. Who was a plan B never accomplishes plan A or B. You can’t have a plan B in life. When you have a plan B, you’ll give up in the first adversity you face. So what did I do? I said I would never have a plan B. My only one is plan A.”

Hopefully he will have Plan Y so we can know for sure if Costa (12-0) is a legitimate threat at 185 pounds and not a middling bruiser who made a name for himself by knocking around bloated welterweights and middleweight also-rans.

Maybe it’s his destiny?

Many of today’s top mixed martial arts (MMA) stars (like this guy) have longed for a “sweet science” debut, probably because boxing can afford payouts that cage fighters can only dream of. For as much money as Conor McGregor makes under the Endeavor banner, his Floyd Mayweather payout made this cash-grab look like chump change.

That said, it’s hard to be taken seriously as a boxer when you get knocked out in UFC.

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