Paulo Costa calls for clash with ex-Champion Robert Whittaker in UFC Return: ‘He is looking for a fight?’

Paulo Costa calls for fight with Robert Whittaker in return at UFC 298 he's looking for a fight

Despite failing to make a planned February fight with former undisputed middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker earlier this year, former title challenger, Paulo Costa has suggested a pairing with the former titleholder in February of next year.

Costa, a former undisputed middleweight title challenger and current number six ranked contender, was scheduled to fight the above-mentioned ex-gold holder, Whittaker at UFC 284 back in February of this year in Australia, however, maintained he never officially penned terms to fight the fan-favorite, leaving the pairing high and dry.

And forced from a slated return at UFC 294 in October, Costa suffered a nasty bursitis infection in his elbow, resulting in numerous surgical procedures to address the injury, and his removal from a fight against the unbeaten Chechen-born force, Khamzat Chimaev

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As for Whittaker, the former champion has been sidelined from the Octagon since he featured on the main card of UFC 290 back in July during International Fight Week, suffering a spectacular second round TKO loss to surging contender and incoming title challenger, Dricus du Plessis.

Paulo Costa calls for fight against Robert Whittaker next

And announcing plans a comeback to active competition at UFC 297 in January of next year in Toronto, Costa appears to have already rearranged those plans for the following month in February – earmarking a reworked fight against Whittaker.

“Gourmet Chen Chen is completely hidden,” Paulo Costa posted on his official X account tonight. “(Robert) Whittaker is looking for a fight? I fight in February.” 

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Sidelined since he featured on the main card of UFC 278 back in August of last year, Belo Horizonte native, Costa most recently landed a unanimous decision win over the returning former undisputed middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold.

The win snapped Costa’s two-fight losing skid against both former champion, Israel Adesanya, and fellow one-time title challenger, Marvin Vettori. 

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