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Midnight Mania! Paulo Costa vs Marvin Vettori targeted for Oct. 23 main event

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Two former Middleweight title challengers will look to rebound from title losses and jump right back into the mix. Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC is finalizing a slugfest between heavy-hitters Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. The bout is targeted for October 23, 2021 and will likely headline a “Fight Night” event. At the moment, no other event details are available.

Sometimes, fights book themselves. Immediately after his loss to Israel Adesanya, Vettori began plotting his comeback, calling for a bout with Costa. “Borrachinha” initially seemed unimpressed by the match up, but it didn’t take long for the Brazilian to warm up to the idea and request a showdown vs. the Italian.

Prior to their respective losses to “Stylebender,” both Middleweights were on serious tears. Costa had won five straight bouts, four violent knockout wins prior to a legendary battle vs. Yoel Romero. Similarly, Vettori put together a five-fight win streak following his first loss to Adesanya, climbing up the ranks by dispatching highly-ranked contenders like Jack Hermansson and Kevin Holland.

Only one man can rebound and begin to climb back up the 185-pound ladder ... Who ya’ got?!?

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