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Paulo Costa reveals he can’t make middleweight for main event against Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41

Paulo Costa will not be competing in the middleweight division at UFC Vegas 41.

On Wednesday, the former UFC title challenger announced that he would not be able to cut the £ 186 limit for his main fight, scheduled against Marvin Vettori.

“My weight is now 96 kg (211 lb),” Costa said during UFC Vegas 41 media day. “What happened yesterday, [my manager] Wallid [Ismail] talked to some people with him, Ali [Abdelaziz]i guess his manager and it’s not on schedule to do 185 [pounds] more. This is a different weight. I’m not really [sure] what else is the weight. “

In the past 13 months after being defeated by reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Costa has been returning against another high-profile fighter in the division with the hope that he can return to the title fight.

Costa could now be in jeopardy of not participating at all unless a deal is made with Vettori and his team to schedule an interim or perhaps even light heavyweight fight on Saturday.

“I think this fight will take place,” Costa said. “It just won’t happen if he doesn’t want to fight me. Maybe we can do intermediate weight 195 [pounds] maybe, but I’m thinking of having this fight [205 pounds] may be more exciting for fans.

“More explosive fight because I want to go to fight for him. Maybe he wants to bring the fight to me. I think with both tough guys this knockout can happen easily. “

Of course, it is not Vettori’s fault if the fight happened or not, especially given that both athletes were hired to compete in the middleweight division.

Costa just hopes his team can negotiate with Vettori and the UFC on a new weight for the fight, which is just three days away.

“Change me a little now, four or five pounds, six pounds. I just don’t care, ”Costa said. “I am more focused on my weight than his weight. I don’t care if he makes £ 225 or more. We need to find the intermediate weight. I don’t know for sure yet.

Negotiations to keep the fight over the map are still ongoing, but Costa’s manager Vallid Ismail said MMA hour that he is confident that they will eventually come to terms with Vettori for the fight to take place.

“We’re going to close the deal, how it will work, intermediate weight, but let me come there,” Ismail said Wednesday. “But now the most important thing [Costa] must do his best to show the world what he is. We can’t talk much, just the time of the fight. It will be an intermediate weight, that’s for sure. “

Costa added that he will explain “after the fight” why he is so far over the middleweight limit, but for now he is just focused on making a deal so he can still enter the octagon on Saturday and fight Vettori. in the main event.

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