Paulo Costa has claimed he will now aim to meet Robert Whittaker as Khamzat Chimaev avoids a fight against him.
The Brazilian returned to the winning column with his impressive performance against Luke Rockhold at UFC 278 in August. Despite looking tired the entire time and unable to finish off the aging veteran, ‘Borrachinha’ put on a show and dominated the former UFC Middleweight Champion wherever the fight took place.
During an interview with The Schmo, he showed no sign of his feud with Khamzat Chimaev dying down. Costa took the time to call the undefeated contestant a “weakness” and staked his claim to a matchup against Robert Whittaker.
“He [Chimaev] will try to avoid this fight however he can. I don’t think he will fight me. He’s damn scared he won’t fight me, ever. He will try [to] avoids me as much as he can… I’m not surprised he’s a pussy… [I took] his hat, his night’s sleep, his main event, but he avoids me, you know, he’s scared. Maybe [Robert] Whittaker, let’s see who’s next for me. Yes, I think it would be a great fight.”
‘The Reaper’ last competed at UFC Paris earlier this year and put on a show for the European crowd with a superb performance against Marvin Vettori. Although he appears to be a firm favorite for a middleweight title shot, his previous two losses to Israel Adesanya put him in a difficult position.
Watch what Paulo Costa had to say about Khamzat Chimaev and Robert Whittaker in the video below.
Who is next for Khamzat Chimaev if not Paulo Costa?
After his weight loss at UFC 279, it looked like Khamzat Chimaev would be forced by the UFC to move up to middleweight permanently. That plan now appears to have changed.
In a recent post on social media, “Borz” claimed he would face Colby Covington next, ending rumors of a possible Paulo Costa fight.
The two UFC stars had a behind-the-scenes confrontation ahead of UFC 279. The Brazilian has been aiming for promotion ever since to set up a clash between the two.
Now that he appears to remain at welterweight, Chimaev could get his wish and be paired with Colby Covington. The fight could end up as the Contender War’s fight of the year, with title implications down the line.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/paulo-costa-adamant-khamzat-chimaev-avoiding-him-calls-robert-whittaker-matchup-next?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda Paulo Costa adamant Khamzat Chimaev is avoiding him, calls for Robert Whittaker matchup next