Paulo Costa Plans to Target Light-Heavyweight Title if he Wins UFC’s Middleweight Crown
By FCF Staff
Paulo Costa has a more immediate goal, namely, winning the UFC’s middleweight title. But, if the undefeated fighter does that, Costa wants to challenge for the promotion’s light-heavyweight belt.
Costa (13-0) is expected to face middleweight champ Israel Adesanya later this year, after going 5-0 in the Octagon to date. In Costa’s last outing, at UFC 241 in August, the Brazilian defeated Yoel Romero by decision.
The 29-year-old recently spoke with MMA Junkie, and while talking about his future, Costa said this.
“I believe I can take two belts, middleweight and light heavyweight,” Costa said. “I believe that. I’m very big, and it’s a little difficult to make 185, so I think I can take two belts to my country after my next fight.
“My plan is to move to light heavyweight very soon, quickly after my next fight if it’s possible. It depends who, if light heavyweight will have a great name like Jon Jones or not, it depends, but I’m not scared to fight against big guys.”
Adesanya (19-0) is also coming off a decision win over Romero, as he defeated the perennial contender at UFC 248 in March.