Paulo Costa’s Unyielding Spirit Shines Despite UFC 298 Loss to Whittaker: Vows Comeback with a Vengeance

In the buzz of UFC 298’s co-main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif, Paulo Costa (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) clashed with Robert Whittaker (25-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC), but things didn’t swing his way. Despite feeling on top during the brawl, Costa lost, with the judges siding with Whittaker.

Post-fight, Costa hit up socials to share his feelings. In an honest talk, he thanked his crew for the love and admitted the judges didn’t see things his way. He promised to bounce back harder next time, not leaving it up to the scorecards.

“Good to be back in the octagon!” Costa wrote in Portuguese. “It feels good to feel this wonderful energy from all of you cheering me on! Glad I delivered the show you guys wanted! During the fight I felt like I was winning but the judges disagreed and they didn’t see that, anyway I will have to impose myself more in the sense of not leaving the judges’ decision the next ones. Thank you very much! I’m sorry.”

At 32, Costa’s record dropped to 1-3 in his last four bouts following the defeat on Saturday. Despite being a crowd pleaser, Costa has shown resilience and competitiveness against all challengers within the cage, yet has faced challenges in maintaining consistent performance levels. Since September 2020, UFC 298 marked only the fourth time Costa has competed.

Costa’s journey’s been a rollercoaster, but his fire for the game ain’t dimming. As he takes a breather and plots his next move, fans can’t wait to see what’s next in his Octagon adventure.

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