Paulo Costa will have his chance to redeem himself later tonight (Sat., Oct. 23, 2021) at UFC Vegas 41 live on ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he takes on Marvin Vettori in a makeshift 205-pound main event. The bout was originally scheduled to be contested at middleweight but Costa experienced serious weight complications leading up to the fight.
Luckily for Costa, Vettori is a gamer and accepted the changes without fail. With little star power on the UFC Vegas 41 card the promotion needed to keep Costa vs. Vettori atop the marquee. UFC was able to get the two sides to agree on a new weight and here we are.
Costa, who is coming off a TKO loss to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya back in Sept. 2020, really needs a win coming into this fight to keep his footing in the 185-pound division. But with his recent weight cut issues it’s plausible that Costa needs a win this weekend to even stay on the UFC roster. The stakes are high and Costa will look to land his power shots on Vettori and regain considerable momentum within the promotion.
Before Costa locks horns with Vettori later today on ESPN+ you can check out his last Octagon victory in the video player above courtesy of UFC. It came against Yoel Romero at UFC 241 back in 2019. Costa and Romero went toe-to-toe over the course of three rounds, but it was “Eraser” who came out on top on the heels of ferocious striking. It remains the biggest victory of Costa’s career.
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 41 fight card right here, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches, which are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET, then the remaining main card balance on ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET.