Paulo Costa says UFC 'lied' to Robert Whittaker after UFC Perth bout is cancelled
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The scheduled blockbuster UFC Perth bout between Aussie star Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa has officially been called off.
The former middleweight champion confirmed the news on social media after rumours began to swirl that the Brazilian had never put pen to paper on the contract.
Whittaker told his fans: “G’day everyone. I’m sure you’ve seen the media and all the rumours going around right now about the Perth card and it’s very upsetting to say they’re true.
Status Update #UFC284 #UFCPerth @ufc @UFC_AUSNZ pic.twitter.com/dPl4q2S8nj— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) December 19, 2022
“The fight with Costa has fallen apart. The UFC tried everything in their power to get him to the fight. They gave him the new contract, from what I understand, to take the fight and he still didn’t take the fight.
“The Perth fight is not happening. They’re looking to reschedule it in March [or] April.”
Costa has maintained that the fight had never been official since it was first announced, and had slammed the UFC for promoting it.
He then continued to plead his innocence in the situation claiming that the MMA promotion was only promoting the fight to sell tickets.
Costa tweeted: “Guys sending me this, I feel sad for Robert because the UFC didn’t tell him the truth lol, you don’t deserve this.
“Bro, sorry I won’t fight you in Perth. UFC [was] posting this (Robert vs Costa) just to sell tickets, you need to realise that.
“They didn’t pay me, I’m out! I’m not joking.”
Guys sending me this, I feel sad for Robert because the UFC didn't tell him the truth lol, you don't deserve this. Bro, sorry I won't fight you in Perth UFC posting this (Robert vs Costa)just to sell tickets, you need to realize that.They didn't pay me, I'm out!I’m not joking 🙃 pic.twitter.com/J43Z3LVnyq— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) December 19, 2022
ESPN reported the news on Tuesday (December 20), saying that a contract between Costa and UFC had been discussed but nothing had yet been signed off.
Whittaker commented on the news, saying: “This is very upsetting, this is very upsetting.
“I’m sorry to all the friends, fans and family that are heading over there to watch me do work. It’s out of my hands. I’m upset.
“I was prepared to train through Christmas, to train through New Year’s, to put in the work. I’m already so deep into my camp, everyone knows I train, my camps are quite long.
“I’m already so deep into my camp and work and I wanted to take the family out, I want to go on holiday after the fight and buy the kids some toys and earn some money, pay the rent but all that has been put on the back burner and pushed back.
“It’s upsetting for me. It’s upsetting for me, it’s upsetting for you. I’m just going to try my hardest front of me in that first quarter, I’m going to get in there and do my work.”
Whittaker could instead opt to fight Jared Cannonier at UFC 284 who put up his hand to step in following a win over Sean Strickland.
However, from his public message, it looks as if he’s intent to fight Costa later in the year.
Featured Image Credit: Px Images / Alamy. Robert Whittaker/Twitter.
Topics: UFC, MMA, Robert Whittaker, Australia