Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter, Paulo Costa, who is 28 years old, recently won his fifth fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 241. Costa was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, in Brazil in 1991 and started professionally competing in 2012.
Costa was up against some tough candidates however, this fighting star still proved to be unstoppable in his career.
On August 17, 2019, there were 12 professional MMA bouts that took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, where UFC 241 was held. All competitors were hoping to bag the title of the ultimate fighter. But it was the undefeated Brazilian, Paulo Costa, who managed to win.
At the UFC 241 event, there were seven countries that were represented, including Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, and the U.S. Costa was one of two fighters who were representing Brazil.
Costa faced 42-year old Yoel Romero in the 10th bout. Romero is from Pinar del Rio, Cuba and is in the middleweight division. The two were being refereed by Jason Herzog during the bout.
Romero was on offensive from the very beginning of the bout. He managed to land a kick to the head but failed his takedown attempt. In the second round, Costa was able to apply more pressure to Romero and finished the round with a takedown.
The third round was again mostly in Costa’s control, as he was able to land several hard kicks to Romero’s midsection. But Romero managed to score a takedown in the last minute of the third round.
The three judges then decided the final score from the three five-minute rounds and concluded that Costa won. The final score was 29-28 to Costa, which meant he earned the 5th UFC win since he started competing.
“Paulo Costa is definitely a force to be reckoned with, the Brazilian-born MMA fighter takes his career very seriously and as such looks like he is unstoppable in the ring.” says Bruno Varela, a sports journalist from reviewbox.com.br. “Although Costa is still young and only started competing in UFC in 2017, he is still showing massive signs of a successful career and the ability to win numerous championships.”
“I won the three rounds for sure. Adesanya or Whittaker aren’t more tough than Romero. Adesanya is easy to break because he is skinny and Whittaker already lost to Romero so I can beat both no problem,” Costa said in his post-fight interview.
Costa’s professional MMA record now stands at 13 wins and 0 losses. Whilst his opponent’s record is now 13 wins and 4 losses.
After UFC, Costa commented that Romero fights dirty and despite Costa’s win, he still wasn’t happy with the dirty tactics used by the Cuban MMA fighter.