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Midnight Mania! Paulo Costa will remain at Middleweight despite scale fail scandal

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One of the more ridiculous stories in recent memory was Paulo Costa’s antics vs. Marvin Vettori. The Brazilian showed up to fight week outrageously heavy, forcing UFC to bump his main event match up to 205-pounds. Vettori gamely took the fight anyway, even after Costa threatened to walk if UFC fined him too harshly.

The result of the chaos? A pretty incredible five-round fight that proved “The Eraser” is still worth the price of admission, even if he lost the decision. Given both the chaotic nature of the week and Costa’s strong performance at 205-pounds, UFC President Dana White declared Costa would be forced to remain at Light Heavyweight for future bouts.

Perhaps there’s been change on that front? Paulo Costa’s manager, Wallid Ismail, promises that Costa’s next bout will be back at 185 lbs., despite the initial claims otherwise.

“The UFC is not the biggest fighting company in the world by chance,” Ismail told Sherdog. “They know that ‘Borrachinha’ was injured and that’s why he had problems with his weight. There is no doubt his next fight will take place in the middleweight division.

“We will fight whoever the UFC decides. I keep believing that ‘Borrachinha’ will be the champion,” Ismail said. “He just has to train right. His biggest problem is that he trains too much. If he trains correctly, I have no doubt no one in that division can beat him.”

For whatever it’s worth, Costa did indeed lay the blame for his scale fail on a blown bicep. If Costa is indeed back at Middleweight next time out, who would you like to see him face?


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