Paulo Costa was handed a somewhat controversial unanimous decision victory over the former two-time middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero.
Indeed it was controversial but make no mistake, this was one of the year’s most entertaining battles and when all was said and done inside the cage, neither man truly left as a loser.
With that being said, it did appear as though Romero was the one who was doing enough to get the nod, mixing up his attacks beautifully as the pressure of the Brazilian intensifying.
It was closely contested from the get-go, though, with each man scoring a knockout within the opening two minutes and from there, the pace did not relent until the very last bell.
— Sriram Muralidaran (@SriramMSays) August 18, 2019
With this latest win, Costa moves his professional record to 13-0 and with the divisional title up for grabs in Melbourne in October, one would have to assume that the champ will have Borrachinha to contend with at some point in early 2020.
"I will be waiting for Adesanya vs Whittaker." 👀
"I want my chance to prove I am the champion!"
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As for the former Olympian Romero, it’s hard to believe that he is now 1-3 in his last four fights.
Edged out in razor-thin fashion by Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 and now once again last night, there’s every chance that the 42-year-old simply decides to call time on his truly phenomenal career.
With the emergence of a new contender in the form of Paulo Costa, it’s pretty fair to say that the middleweight title race just became that bit more interesting.