Fighting out of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Paulo “Borrachinha” Costa, 28, was one of the winners at “UFC 241.” It was the undefeated Brazilian mixed martial artist’s fifth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 12 professional MMA bouts, “UFC 241” took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, USA on August 17, 2019. In the 10th bout of the evening, Costa fought Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero, 42, of Pinar del Rio, Cuba in the middleweight division with Jason Herzog as the referee.
From the start, Romero was on the offensive. He landed a kick to the head but later on, he got turned away on a takedown attempt.
In the second round, Costa pressured Romero and finished the round with a takedown. In the third round, the Brazilian contender landed several hard kicks to the midsection of his Cuban opponent, who scored a takedown in the last minute.
After three five-minute rounds, the middleweight bout was left in the hands of the three judges, who scored it 29-28 across the board. In the end, Herzog raised the hand of Costa, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
“I won the three rounds for sure,” Costa said in his post-fight interview. “Adesanya or Whittaker aren’t more tough than Romero. Adesanya is easy to break because he is skinny and Whittaker already lost to Romero so I can beat both no problem.”
Winning at “UFC 241” improved the professional MMA record of Costa to 13 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Romero now has 13 wins and 4 losses.
Born in Belo Horizonte on April 21, 1991, Costa has been competing professionally since 2012. He joined the UFC in 2017.
Before “UFC 241,” Yusuff defeated his four opponents in the UFC namely Garreth “Soldier Boy” McLellan, 37, of Gauteng, South Africa, Oluwale “The Holy War Angel” Bamgbose, 32, of New York, USA, Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks, 35, of Oklahoma, USA and Uriah “Primetime” Hall, 35, of New York. The undefeated Brazilian MMA fighter previously competed in MMA Total Combat, Upper Fight, BH Fight, Face to Face and Jungle Fight.
Seven countries were represented at “UFC 241” namely Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea and the U.S. Romero solely represented Cuba while Costa was one of the two fighters who represented the Brazil.
Here is Costa in his “UFC 241” post-fight interview in the octagon: