Strickland vs Costa: A Blood-Promise for UFC 302

"A Summer Showdown: Strickland vs Costa"

A Verbal Agreement Sealed

Former UFC champion Sean Strickland has confirmed his readiness for the next battle, setting the stage for a summer showdown against Paulo Costa in the United States. After some back-and-forth regarding Strickland’s initial reluctance—attributed to financial disagreements—it appears the two fighters are now on a collision course, with UFC 302 as their arena.

Confirmed by MMA Fighting

Reports from MMA Fighting have solidified that verbal agreements for Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa are firmly in place. With contracts expected to follow soon, this middleweight clash is slated as the co-main event at UFC 302 in Newark, USA, on June 1. The event still awaits its official main bout announcement.

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Strickland’s Year of Redemption

This match marks Strickland’s second fight of the year, following a title defense attempt in January. After securing the middleweight title by defeating Israel Adesanya in September, Strickland faced Dricus Du Plessis, losing by a split decision. Despite his desire for a rematch with the current champion, it seems Du Plessis is set to defend his title against Adesanya next.


Costa’s Quest for Victory

Paulo Costa’s recent performance saw him facing Robert Whittaker at UFC 298, where he was defeated by decision. This setback marks his third loss in four fights, adding a layer of desperation and determination to his upcoming fight against Strickland.

UFC 302 Preliminary Match Card (Adjusted Times)

  • Welterweight: Niko Price vs. Jeremiah Wells
  • Middleweight: Roman Dolidze vs. Anthony Hernandez
  • Welterweight: Mickey Gall vs. Bassil Hafez
  • Welterweight: Philip Rowe vs. Jake Matthews
  • Lightweight: Grant Dawson vs. Joe Solecki
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Joselyne Edwards vs. Ailín Pérez
  • Flyweight: Park Hyun-Sung vs. André Lima
  • Flyweight: Su Mudaerji vs. Joshua Van
  • Heavyweight: Jailton Almeida vs. Alexander Romanov
  • Middleweight: Roman Kopylov vs. César Almeida

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