It doesn’t look like Paulo Costa will be re-signing with the UFC unless he gets a better deal.
The one-time UFC middleweight title challenger and MMA veteran revealed during a recent interview with Ariel Helwani that he has just one fight left on his current contract and that he looks forward to being a free agent after his next fight.
“I have one more, I didn’t know, I thought this was the last one but I have one more. I’m looking forward to being a free agent for sure, I will not lie to you. I’d (thought) this was the last one of this contract,” Costa said on The MMA Hour (h/t BJPenn.com). “I really believe it’s not just for me, it’s for everybody. I’m on a high, high level, fighting the best of this division and my contract is too old. When I fought Marvin Vettori, I got $35,000. $35,000. For this one was a couple more, a couple more, I got the win bonus, and because when I fought Marvin Vettori, I got a 20% reduction… I need to talk with them and see. I’m not rushing up to see, but we need to see, we need to figure it out. I’m not happy with the current contract, of course.”
.@BorrachinhaMMA says he has one fight left on his UFC deal and is" looking forward to being a free agent."— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 22, 2022
"I’m on a high, high level, fighting the best of this division and my contract is too old. When I fought Marvin Vettori, I got $35,000.”
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He also rejected a six-fight contract extension with the UFC because, per Twitter, he isn’t interested in signing a multi-fight deal and wants to test the waters of free agency.
Just 1 fight to get free from UFC contract— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) December 6, 2022
so I politely declined. they offer a 6-fight deal, but I'm not interested in a multi-fight deal.— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) December 8, 2022
Costa’s next fight is expected to be against Robert Whittaker, but he won’t agree to the matchup until he gets better pay. The Brazilian is currently #6 in the UFC middleweight rankings, having last fought at UFC 278 where he defeated Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision.