Paulo Costa fined 20 percent of purse after UFC Fight Night 196 bout switched to catchweight
Paulo Costa won’t combat Marvin Vettori at middleweight as at first prepared, and his UFC Battle Night 196 income will take a hit since of it.
On Thursday, the promo completed brand-new regards to the bout arrangement in between Costa and Vettori, with the headliner now happening at a catchweight of 195 pounds. With that, Costa (13-1 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 5-1 UFC) will surrender 20 percent of his bag to Vettori (17-5-1 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 7-3-1 UFC).
An individual with understanding of the circumstance validated the news to mixed martial arts Addict on Thursday after a preliminary report from Yahoo! Sports. The individual asked to stay confidential because the promo has yet to make a main statement.
The 10-pound allowance follows Costa approximated on Wednesday that he weighed roughly 211 pounds. While he did not provide a particular description and confessed he might not even have one, Costa prompted the UFC that fans would remain in for a much better battle at a catchweight.
“I think this fight will happen – it just will not happen if he does not want to fight me,” Costa informed mixed martial arts Addict at Wednesday’s media day. “Maybe we can do a catchweight. Ninety kilos (approximately 198 pounds), maybe. I think making this fight (at a catchweight) could be more exciting to the fans – more explosive fight because I want to go bring the fight for him. Maybe he wants to bring the fight to me. So, I think with both guys heavy, this knockout can happen easily.”
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On the other hand, Vettori appeared frustrated however normally unfazed by the circumstance. The Italian middleweight reached to state he’d combat Costa at heavyweight, if requirement be.
“The last thing I want is for the fight to be scratched, so I’ll fight him at any weight,” Vettori stated. “With that being said, he needs to suffer a little bit making weight. All of us go through that. That shows. He’s a lot overweight.”
UFC Battle Night 196 occurs Saturday at the UFC Peak in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.