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Costa Tried To Use Fake Doctor To Get Cleared (2020) – MMA Root

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UFC president Dana White says Paulo Costa tried to get a fake doctor’s clearance so he could fight Israel Adesanya.

After Adesanya’s knockout win over Robert Whittaker at UFC 243, Costa was present and punched the champion. The two were then scheduled to fight at the event, but an injury to the Brazilian forced Yoel Romero to intervene.

Although it was reported that Costa was out for six months, White said that Costa had one of his friends pretend to be a doctor so that he could get a clearance.

“I respect him,” White said in a recent media scramble (via MMA Mania). “I respect the fact that he wants to fight. “I’m ready, I’m ready”, no you’re not ready. You are not a doctor. And then he has some guy who is his buddy or something to say he’s fine. No, that’s not how it works. I don’t want to pressure him and make him hurt himself again. Take your time, you will get the fight, this fight will take place, don’t worry about it.”

“He’s close, but let’s take our time,” White continued, urging Costa to slow down. “The more time the better with this injury. Then he starts showing videos of him punching and doing all kinds of crazy shit that he probably shouldn’t be doing right now. But he’s also a jock freak, so who knows. I just don’t want the guy to get hurt again.”

There is no doubt that Costa is next in line to win the main event between Adesanya and Romero.