Paulo Costa suggests UFC is lying about next fight as he is replaced by Kelvin Gastelum


Paulo Costa is out of his next fight against Jared Cannonier

Costa was set to face Cannonier at UFC Fight Night on the 21st of August against Cannonier. The latest development is that he has withdrawn from his fight against ‘The Killa Gorilla.’

Jared Cannonier takes on Robert Whittaker at UFC 254
Jared Cannonier of USA celebrates after his victory over Anderson Silva of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 237 event at Jeunesse Arena on May 11, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

However, in a fresh Twitter rant Costa has come up with some unusual claims. And going by the looks of it, his pay might have been an issue for his withdrawal from the fight.

Costa wrote:

“UFC needs to pay me as main fighter to have fighting in main events. Youtubers are showing all disgrace on this business.

Paulo Costa was defeated easily by Israel Adesanya
Paulo Costa of Brazil punches Israel Adesanya in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Brazilian middleweight didn’t stop there, he dropped another bomb claiming that he never signed the contract to fight Cannonier, in the first place.

“Just to be clear. I never signed or locked up that contract. Why ufc announced this fight if didn’t signed? My question too.”

It has been a crazy few days for Costa on Twitter. Anyone following him on Twitter would know he has been in a wild frenzy of late.

From calling the Mars lander fake to thinking about hiring Joshua Fabia as coach, his tweets have been very controversial.

Kelvin Gastelum steps in as the replacement fighter

Kelvin Gastelum was the replacement fighter the last time Paulo Costa pulled out. Costa was scheduled to face Robert Whittaker on the 17th of April, but the Brazilian pulled out due to contracting flu.

Now, that he has pulled out of the Cannonier fight, Gastelum has stepped in once again.

Kelvin Gastelum was not match for Robert Whittaker
Kelvin Gastelum took the fight on short notice against Robert Whittaker (UFC)

Gastelum is coming off a unanimous decision loss against Whittaker, while his opponent Cannonier is coming off a loss against ‘The Reaper’ as well.

This will be Cannonier’s first fight in almost a year. His fight against Whittaker was at UFC 254 in October 2020.

The venue or the location for UFC Fight Night on August 21 hasn’t been announced yet.

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