The middleweight match between candidate Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa was reportedly targeted by the UFC Fight Night Card on April 17.
Sherdog.com The location has not yet been confirmed, but it was first reported that Whittaker vs. Costa is targeting the date of April 17th. The report suggests Las Vegas as a possible destination for the event. However, due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions, especially international fighters, UFC President Dana White recently admitted that he didn’t know where the fighting would take place in the coming months.
According to the report, Whittaker vs. Costa will be a five-round untitled headliner. This means that UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has moved up to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blawowic at UFC 259, but no provisional or vacant titles are planned. Costa’s team had previously argued that the belt should be on the lineBut obviously, the UFC disagrees.
Whittaker (22-5) is the number one candidate in the UFC Middleweight category. The former champion has emerged from a series of decision wins against Darentil and Jared Cannonier on Fight Island, further solidifying his position as a top fighter in the weight class outside of Adesanya. In fact, Adesanya is the only loss of Whitaker at £ 185. He is 10-1 overall as a UFC middleweight, with significant wins over Yoel Romero (twice), Ronaldo Sousa, Derek Brunson, Uriah Hall and Brad Tavares.
Costa (13-1) is the second-largest candidate in the UFC Middleweight category. He escaped from the brutal TKO defeat to Adesanya at UFC 253 and was his first career defeat. Prior to its defeat, Costa was 5-0 in the UFC, including a notable victory over Romero and Hall. Despite losing to Adesanya in a brutal way, defeating Whitaker could allow Costa to fight for the belt by the end of the year.
Which do you think will win, Robert Whittaker or Paulo Costa?
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