The two were originally reserved for a middleweight contest, but Costa revealed earlier this week that they couldn’t make a £ 186 limit. The fight was then moved to a catchweight match before it ended as a light heavyweight contest.
In the opening round, Costa took the lead with a heavy leg kick. The Brazilians landed by kicking Vettori’s body, legs and head. Vettori worked his way on boxing distances and began to find a home for his punches. As the round progressed, Vettori worked on Costa and put some pressure on him.
In the second frame, Vettori continued to put pressure on Costa, who continued his fierce kick attack. Costa connected Vettori to a retracted head kick. Costa continued to attack, but was unable to land a shot to end the battle. Vettori secured a takedown but was unable to secure Costa.
In the second half of the frame, Costa reached out with an open hand and pushed Vettori forward. Vettori was given time to recover and the referee deducted points from Costa.
In the third stanza, Vettori moved forward and began targeting Costa’s body. Costa landed solid punches, but Vettori absorbed them. Costa changed levels and defeated Vettori. When Vettori was about to stand up, Costa struck a guillotine choke and pulled a guard. Vettori moved his head freely and won the top spot. He spent the last minute of the round in the top position, punching Costa’s body and head.
In the fourth round, Costa production declined and Vettori continued to fight the Brazilians. Vettori put together the combination, but Costa counterattacked with a heavy shot.
In the final round, Costa came out aggressively to end Vettori. Vettori clinched short, but soon left. Costa has unloaded power punches and head kicks. Vettori tied him up and easily searched for a takedown. Costa shook off the attempt. Costa gained a bit of momentum as Vettori spent the last moments of the fight clinching along the cage. After five rounds of fighting, all three judges recorded Vettori’s match. The scorecard will display 48-46, 48-46, and 48-46.
“I want to have the best fight, and the belt will come. I want to keep improving. I’m not chasing the belt too much now,” Vettori said after the victory. “That said, I still want 100% of the belt. That’s still my goal, but I want to do my best.”
– MMA Sports
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