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Midnight Mania! Paulo Costa reportedly weighs 210 pounds ahead of Middleweight bout with Israel Adesanya

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Paulo Costa might just be the biggest Middleweight on the roster.

The 29-year-old Brazilian is not small at six feet tall, and then there’s the added weight of all that muscle. In the off-season, Costa has even swelled up to 220 pounds! The bulky Brazilian isn’t quite that heavy currently, but he revealed at today’s virtual media day that he currently weighs 210 pounds. This is not unusual for Costa, who says he typically walks into fight week between 200-205 pounds ... before cutting a full weight class!

That’s quite a bit heavier than his opponent, Israel Adesanya.

With UFC 253 scheduled for Fight Island on September 26, that means Costa has roughly two weeks to lose 25 pounds. Though he’s made the Middleweight limit without issue in all 13 of his professional bouts previously, it’s worth-noting that he must make the championship limit of 185 pounds even this time.

There will be no single pound allowance, and sometimes, that last 16 ounces is a killer.

Fortunately, Costa seems prepared for the cut, though one has to wonder if it will potentially affect his performance in the championship rounds. Regardless, Jared Cannonier will be standing by on the off-chance there are weight cut or COVID-19 complications for either half of UFC 253’s main event.


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