Paulo Costa reveals he can’t make middleweight for Marvin Vettori fight

Paulo Costa has made it known he won’t be competing at middleweight at UFC Vegas 41.

At media day on Wednesday, Costa (13-1) confirmed that he won’t be able to cut down to the 186-pound limit for a middleweight fight on Saturday. Both Costa and Vettori agreed to fight at a catchweight of 195 pounds, but until now the UFC has not yet commented on the matter.

“My weight right now is 96kilos (211 pounds),” Costa said during the UFC Vegas 41 media day (via MMAFighting). “What happened yesterday, [my manager] Wallid [Ismail] talked with some people with him, Ali [Abdelaziz], his manager I think, and it’s not on the schedule to make 185 [pounds] anymore. It’s another weight. I’m not exactly [sure] which weight yet.”

“I think making this fight (at a catchweight) could be more exciting to the fans – more explosive fight because I want to go bring the fight for him. So, I think with both guys heavy, this knockout can happen easily.”

Costa (13-1) and Vettori (17-4-1)  are both coming off failed title bids against UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

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