Brazilian powerhouse Paulo Costa has pulled from his UFC Brooklyn showdown with Yoel Romero, the second time this fight has been unsuccessfully booked.
And what a fight it would have been!
Two of the middleweight division’s most violent customers locked into a cage together? That sounded good to us.
Romero has only come up short against the reigning champion Robert Whittaker in his UFC career to date and to be honest, both fights were incredibly close and there is a very strong case to be made that their second showdown was a draw – at the very least.
At 41-years-old, you’d be forgiven for assuming that his best days are behind him but against all odds, this amazing genetic specimen is still just as sharp as ever.
In Paulo Costa, you have perhaps the greatest challenger to Yoel’s position as the division’s most physically imposing fighter.
However, despite this being one of the most tantalising matchups the UFC can make at any weight right now, Costa was forced to pull from the UFC Brooklyn fight – citing a minor injury.
According to reports made by ESPN, Romero is still looking to remain on the card and has the former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his sights.
Silva, 43, is currently serving a USADA suspension for what was discovered to be a tainted supplement but could well make his return in time for a January 19 showdown with The Soldier Of God.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena