Dana White praises Vettori after UFC Vegas 41, confirms Costa will stay at 205 pounds
Not only did Marvin Vettori claim a unanimous decision win over Paulo Costa last night (Saturday, October 23, 2021) at UFC Vegas 41 in Las Vegas, but “Italian Dream” received considerable praise from UFC President Dana White after the fight.
Vettori, who was coming off a loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 263 in June, really got the promotion this week. Due to weight issues surrounding Costa’s camp, the fight had to move from 185 pounds to 190 pounds, then back up to 205 pounds. According to White, it was amazing to deal with Vettori despite all the changes and he never left the fight in doubt.
“We were trying to keep this fight alive and make sure it happened, and we couldn’t have done it without a guy like Vettori,” White said during the UFC Vegas 41 post-fight press conference (replay HERE). “Vettori acted like an absolute professional stud, a guy who is amazing to work with. That’s why this fight happened. “
White then confirmed how much each fighter weighed when the main event began at UFC Vegas 41.
“Vettori was 208 years old and Costa 220,” he said.
Despite the weight difference, Vettori was able to handle Costa’s pressure and power inside the cage. Costa impressed with his five-round conditioning, but Vettori’s chin stayed under fire and allowed him to outscore the Brazilian forward on his feet.
“Once again, you have to give Vettori all the credit,” White said. “He was willing to fight at any weight and he didn’t let these things spoil his head. At the end of the day, it’s about fighting. They both fought to the end. Costa looked better in the fifth round than he did in the first round, so he was definitely in shape. When a guy comes in so heavy, you have to wonder if he’s fit or not. I was in shape. “
Costa, who has now lost his last two Octagon appearances, hoped to finally fight his way back to a middleweight title rematch with Adesanya. But after forcing the promotion to change its main event with Vettori to 205 pounds, White plans to keep “Borrachinha” in the light heavyweight division in the future.
“We absolutely tell them where to fight when this happens,” White stated firmly. “He will have to fight at 205.”
For full results and coverage of UFC Vegas 41, click here.