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Costa, Vettori Make Light Heavyweight Limit

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The drama of the lightweight championship title that became the light heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship came to an end when Paulo Costa reached the scales.

The UFC Fight Night 196 card held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday was to feature a major middleweight event between Costa (13-1) and Marvin Vettori (17-5-1) in a bout with former title contenders. and Israel. Enemies of Adesanya. On Wednesday, Costa announced that he would not gain weight, and after a tumultuous turn of events on Thursday, the two agreed on a 195-pound fishing weight limit before changing it to 205 pounds later that night. Although this is an important asterisk, every fighter on the card has officially made a weight for this show.

Costa suffered the first loss of his career in his last appearance when he faced Adesanya for the middleweight throne in September 2020. Against the Nigerian-born kickboxer, Costa was kicked in the leg before stopping in the second frame with a barrage fists and elbows. Before the defeat, Costa scored 13 victories, including five inside the Octagon, while he collected a 92% finish rate in his upward course. A perfect professional, “Borrachinha” reached under his newly formed weight class weighing 204.5 kg.

The Italian Vettori had no choice but to continue to accept the match as he transformed, although he will receive 20% of Costa’s wallet for the weight change. Vetori also retreated on his last outing in Antesania, leaving a one-sided unanimous verdict at the end of one of the biggest match cards in the company’s history. The defeat broke a five-game winning streak, with victories over names such as Kevin Holland, Jack Hermansson and Andrew Sanchez as he fought in the division. The “Italian stallion” turned out to be the last fighter to take the scales and unexpectedly weighed calmly at 204 kg.

UFC Fight Night 196 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas takes place on Saturday, with the entire event airing on ESPN +. The main card starts at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, while the three-hour preliminary report starts at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.

UFC Fight Night 196 weighing results:

Paulo Costa (204.5) vs. Marvin Vettori (204)
Grant Dawson (156) vs. Ricky Glenn (155.5)
Jessica-Rose Clark (135.5) vs. Joselyne Edwards (134.5)
Alex Caceres (146) vs. Seung Woo Choi (145.5)
Francisco Trinaldo (169.5) vs. Dwight Grant (170)
Nicolae Negumereanu (204.5) vs. Isaac Villanueva (205)
Jun Yong Park (185.5) vs. Gregory Rodrεςguez (185.5)
Mason Jones (156) vs. David Onama (153.5)
Tabatha Ricci (115) vs. Maria de Oliveira Neta (115)
Jamie Pickett (184.5) vs Laureano Staropoli (185.5)
Khama Worthy (155) vs. Jai Herbert (155)
Jeff Molina (125) vs. Daniel Lacerda (125)
Livinha Souza (115) vs. Randa Markos (115)
Jonathan Martinez (135) against Zviad Lazishvili (135)