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Paulo Costa biography: 13 things about UFC fighter from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais

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Paulo Henrique Costa is a professional mixed martial artist and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He stands 6’0″ and competes in the middleweight division.

From 2012 to 2020, Costa competed in MMA Total Combat, Upper Fight MMA Championship, BH Fight, Face to Face, Jungle Fight and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In 2014, he competed in “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” as a member of Wanderlei Silva‘s team.

Born in Belo Horizonte to Carlos Roberto Costa and Maria Augusta Costa, Paulo played soccer in the streets of Contagem, Minas Gerias where he grew up. Carlos tried to pursue a career as a professional soccer player but failed so he had to work on many different jobs.

Carlos and Maria divorced when Paulo was young. Paulo is 5 years younger than his brother Carlos Costa, a former soccer player and MMA fighter.

The younger Carlos became one of Paulo’s MMA coaches. Their father wanted them to become soccer players.

Paulo’s fight name is Borrachinha, which means Eraser. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 2000, he started his Muay Thai training.
  2. After his father died of throat cancer in 2008, he quit training jiu-jitsu. To help his mother financially, he worked as a realtor and an information technology teacher teaching Microsoft programs including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  3. In 2010, he resumed his jiu-jitsu training.
  4. When he made his professional MMA debut in 2012, he defeated Teo Esteves via technical knockout. In the same year, he started dating Tamara Alves.
  5. In 2013, he defeated Ademilson Borges Duarte and Fabio Moreira both via technical knockout.
  6. In 2014, he defeated Gerson da Silva Conceicao via technical knockout.
  7. In 2015, he defeated Wagner Silva and Bruno Assis both via technical knockout.
  8. He submitted Eduardo Ramon on May 21, 2016 via rear-naked choke and knocked out Adriano Balby on September 3, 2016. He was supposed to have a Rizin Fighting Federation fight in Japan on December 20, 2016, which should have been his first international MMA fight, but it was postponed. To prepare for the fight, he moved to another city and invested everything he had. He told MMA Fighting, “I came back home completely broke. I had no money but when it’s our destiny, a path God plans for us, it will eventually happen. Rizin said they were going to send me a contract in a couple of weeks and two days before that deadline, the UFC came and signed me up.”
  9. The UFC contacted him on January 5, 2017 and later on signed him with a four-fight contract. He defeated Garreth McLellan on March 11, 2017, Oluwale Bamgbose on June 3, 2017 and Johny Hendricks on November 4, 2017 in the UFC all via technical knockout.
  10. He received prohibited intravenous infusions on June 2, 2017 and on November 3, 2017. It resulted in a suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which started on August 10, 2018 and expired on February 10, 2019. He defeated Uriah Hall at “UFC 226” via technical knockout on July 7, 2018 and Yoel Romero at “UFC 226” via unanimous decision on August 17, 2019.
  11. He had his first MMA loss on September 26, 2020. He was knocked out in the second round when he challenged reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya of New Zealand and Nigeria in the main event of “UFC 253” at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  12. On October 23, 2021, he lost via unanimous decision to Marvin Vettori at “UFC Fight Night 196”.
  13. He was 31 years old when he defeated Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision at “UFC 278” on August 20, 2022, which improved his professional MMA record to 14 wins and 2 losses.
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