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.
Costa’s fight name is Borrachinha, which means Eraser. Here are 13 more facts about the Brazilian MMA fighter:
- He was born in Belo Horizonte to Carlos Roberto Costa and Maria Augusta Costa. Carlos tried to pursue a career as a professional soccer player but failed so he had to work on many different jobs.
- His parents divorced when he was young.
- One of his coaches is his older brother Carlos Costa, a former soccer player and MMA fighter born in 1986. Their father wanted him and his brother to become soccer players.
- He played soccer in the streets of Contagem, Minas Gerias where he grew up.
- In 2000, he started his Muay Thai training.
- He quit training jiu-jitsu when his father died of throat cancer in 2008.
- After his father’s death, he had to help his mother financially. He worked as a realtor and an information technology teacher teaching Microsoft programs including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
- In 2010, he resumed his jiu-jitsu training.
- He was 20 years old when he made his professional MMA debut in February 2012.
- 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.”
- The UFC contacted him on January 5, 2017 and later on signed him with a four-fight contract. He made his promotional debut on March 11, 2017. 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.
- His girlfriend Tamara Alves supports his MMA career.
- 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.