It is no secret that there is bad blood between Paulo Costa and Khamzat Chimaev following their altercation at the UFC Performance Institute during UFC 279 fight week. Costa shared that he is targeting a fight with Chimaev in Brazil.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Paulo Costa was asked by host Ariel Helwani about his thoughts on a potential opponent for UFC Rio de Janeiro. Costa wasted no time in calling out Khamzat Chimaev, claiming that he took everything from his potential opponent prior to UFC 279:
When asked by Ariel Helwani if he believes he is the reason Khamzat Chimaev missed weight, Paulo Costa responded by stating:
It is no surprise that Costa is targeting a fight with Chimaev. He also shared that the fight would have to take place at middleweight, a division where the No.3-ranked welterweight has shown an interest in competing for the title.
While Chimaev’s coach believes the No.6-ranked middleweight Costa is looking for a payday, he did share that a middleweight move could be on the horizon for the Chechen.
Watch Paulo Costa’s full comments on Khamzat Chimaev below (starting at the 2:40:45 mark):
Although Paulo Costa is targeting a fight with Khamzat Chimaev, he doesn’t think it is likely to happen. The Brazilian believes the welterweight contender is afraid of him. Costa shared these thoughts on Twitter following their altercation.
During a previous appearance on The MMA Hour, he echoed those sentiments. When asked by host Ariel Helwani about a potential fight at 185lbs, Costa shared why he believes a fight won’t happen, stating:
Watch Paulo Costa’s full appearance on The MMA Hour below:
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