Paulo Costa’s “Dream Fight” Ambitions

Targeting Khamzat Chimaev Post-Whittaker Clash

In the dynamic world of UFC middleweight battles, Paulo Costa‘s focus extends beyond his imminent showdown with Robert Whittaker. Costa’s ultimate ambition: a “dream fight” against Khamzat Chimaev for the coveted middleweight title.

This long-standing rivalry, simmering since a heated UFC 279 encounter, almost came to blows at UFC 294. However, an injury sidelined Costa, redirecting Chimaev to a bout with Kamaru Usman. Despite Chimaev’s victory, Costa remains unimpressed, doubting Chimaev’s status as the top contender.

Now, Costa braces for a crucial face-off against Whittaker at UFC 298. A victory here could catapult him to a title challenge, potentially against Sean Strickland or Dricus du Plessis. But for Costa, the ultimate goal is clear: a title bout against Chimaev.

“I’m betting everything on myself,” Costa declared confidently.

His belief in conquering Chimaev is unwavering, despite the UFC’s past struggles to finalize this matchup. He recalls the UFC’s hefty offer to Chimaev, a $2 million contract, to cement their clash in Abu Dhabi — an offer Chimaev ultimately declined.

Costa’s path, however, must first wind through Whittaker. “Borrachinha” exudes confidence, predicting a decisive victory with his striking prowess. “I’m going to catch him,” Costa predicted, foreseeing a knockout win.

As UFC 298 approaches on February 17th, the MMA world watches closely. The event, headlined by Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria, promises high stakes and intense rivalries. For Costa, it’s more than just a fight; it’s a step towards realizing his dream.

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