With the new UFC agreement, Paulo Costa will receive $1 million per battle.
Paulo Costa, a middleweight competitor in the UFC, is nearly done with his contract extension.
Despite having one fight remaining on his current contract, “Borrachinha” appears to be planning to sit out the rest of the fight until his agreement is extended. Nevertheless, Costa’s fiancée and manager Tamara Alves appears to have pushed him very close to agreeing to a new four-fight contract with the UFC.
Tamara recently asserted that Paulo Costa’s new contract will make him the best paid Brazilian fighter in the UFC. The manager of “Borrachinha” also made a huge $1 million per battle allusion when speaking to Ag.Fight:
“[Paulo] went from being one of the most undervalued athletes to one of the most valued athletes within the UFC. I have no doubt that today Paulo is the highest paid Brazilian athlete within the organization. Don’t know if you know any Brazilian athlete who earns more than a million dollars per fight.”
Costa appears to be close to signing a lucrative deal, but that wasn’t the situation earlier. Earlier this year, “Borrachinha” declined a matchup with Robert Whittaker for UFC 284 and called the statement “fake news.’
Tamara said that lengthy talks are unavoidable when the athlete is of Costa’s stature, in reference to the delay in contract negotiations.
Costa began his professional MMA career in 2012 and competed in various promotions in Brazil before signing with the UFC in 2017. He made his promotional debut on March 11, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum, where he defeated Garreth McLellan via TKO in the first round.
Since then, Costa has compiled a record of 13 wins and 1 loss in the UFC. He has notable victories over fighters such as Uriah Hall, Johny Hendricks, and Yoel Romero. He also competed in a highly anticipated title fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 on September 27, 2020, but lost via TKO in the second round.
Is Paulo Costa rejoining the UFC?
After almost a year of inactivity, Paulo Costa’s contract disagreement with the UFC is over. The No. 5 ranked middleweight recently revealed the names of the two opponents he hopes to battle against as part of his new four-fight deal with the UFC.
Prior to this, the organisation and the No. 5 ranked middleweight were at odds over unfair pay. In addition to declining the chance to compete against middleweight Robert Whittaker, who is rated No. 2, at UFC 284, he revealed that he was seeking to become a mixed martial arts free agent.
In accordance with his new deal, Paulo Costa reveals the two opponents he hopes to compete against.
Paulo Costa noted that he is in discussions to take on either Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi this October or Sean Strickland in May.
The former middleweight championship contender thanked his girlfriend and manager Tamara Alves for successfully concluding the drawn-out talks.Costa, who plans to make a comeback in October, also listed the two fights that the UFC has given him: Khamzat Chimaev and Sean Strickland.
Although Chimaev had a run-in with Costa before UFC 279 last September, Strickland has previously criticised Costa for being dormant.
“Borrachinha” stated to Brazilian media outlet, PVT:
“I haven’t signed the contract yet but we have reached a deal with the UFC regarding the pay. It wasn’t easy, there was a lot of hard work, and I have to highlight Tamara’s brilliant work here. I want that, too. [The UFC] wants to make sure this Chimaev fight happen at all costs, but I want to make both happen. We’ll see.”