Paulo Costa vs. Robert Whittaker is legit as some distance as the UFC is anxious – the matchup is on the net living of the promotion and its TV partner.
But Costa talked about the bout is now not yet legit, and he needs a new contract and a elevate sooner than he commits to dealing with the ex-champ on Feb. 12 in Perth, Australia.
“The time for combating without cost has long gone,” Costa told Submission Radio in a most up-to-date interview. “I fancy MMA, but I will not honest fight for the partiality. I even dangle bills to pay.”
The one-time middleweight title challenger hasn’t been combating without cost, no doubt. But pondering his experience, his assured money lags some distance at the back of his opposition. At UFC 278, his disclosed level to purse was $65,000, or 32 p.c of what ex-champ Luke Rockhold was paid for the pay-per-explore bout he won thru resolution. Costa doubled his pay with a blueprint shut, as accomplish most UFC opponents, and moreover bought a $50,000 bonus for “Fight of the Night.” (The UFC would not present additional off-the-books pay.)
Costa talked about UFC govt Hunter Campbell agreed his pay was low and warranted him the promotion would abolish a new offer all the scheme thru a most up-to-date assembly. To this level, he talked about, nothing has materialized, and he has one bout left on his most up-to-date deal.
“I even dangle got this same price since 2017,” Costa talked about. “So, it’s loopy. And I even dangle fought the tip-5 guys and I acquire money as a newbie. So, [Campbell] agreed. He talked about, yeah, it’s fully old college, we must always update this.
“But after that they announced that fight towards Robert. But I didn’t gaze any contract in my mail, on my table. I even dangle nothing yet. I’m honest looking ahead to Hunter to abolish his offer. On story of he talked about, OK, we’ll abolish one other offer and likewise you gaze what you watched about it.”
Costa clarified that he agreed to face Whittaker and welcomes the fight. A blueprint shut over the ex-champ would possibly presumably well moreover set apart him back in title competition after shedding a advise for the title towards then-champ Israel Adesanya. With Adesanya now not too long ago dethroned by Alex Pereira, the winner of Costa vs. Whittaker would possibly presumably well moreover fight for the belt.
“This fight is one in all my accepted fights that I desired to abolish,” he talked about. “On story of I fancy the fighter that Robert is. He’s very shapely. Since I noticed him fight, I conception, I want to fight this guy as a end result of he’s savage, you appreciate, he locations loads of desire in his fights. So, it needs to be a huge fight, and I’d I fancy to abolish that fight. It’s one in all my accepted fights to abolish, no doubt.
“But I don’t dangle any deal to carry out this fight. Right here’s the detestable portion. I want to carry out this fight, but I don’t dangle a deal. UFC didn’t ship me nothing. No contract, no offer yet. It’s a queer peril. I don’t know what’s going on with the UFC. On story of you guys know, the UFC feeble to publish some fights when the fight is shut, when the deal is on. But it’s now not in this case. They requested me about Robert, if I’ll presumably well moreover quiet fight him. I talked about, ‘Certain, no doubt, it’ll be a pleasure to fight him.’ But they didn’t ship any offer to fight him yet.”
Costa talked about there’s a closing date to how long he’ll await a new UFC offer: two months sooner than the Feb. 12 pay-per-explore tournament (which airs on Feb. 11 within the U.S. as a end result of the time distinction). The Brazilian talked about his contract expires in mid-2023 – new UFC contracts dangle a 5-365 days closing date that is believed to supercede extension clauses – and he would possibly presumably well moreover switch to boxing if the money isn’t correct.
“It depends on the terms,” he talked about. “We can gaze loads of shapely opportunities in fight sports. Now we dangle boxing. Boxing is a huge exclaim coming, you appreciate, going on correct now. Relatively a couple of immense names. So, this makes loads of sense to me. On story of MMA is so now not easy. It be main to coach lots. I feeble to coach six hours. Ought to you set apart physical therapist, physical remedy session, ought to you set apart therapeutic massage, I utilize eight, 9 hours out of my house every day. Stop therapeutic, you appreciate, to improve. So, it’s loads of work. And the cost, as a minimum in my case, is now not price all this work.
“I fancy MMA. MMA brings me onto right here. I’m so grateful. But most frequently you will must pay bills, bro. It be main to see out for your future. And the strategy that my deal is, I agree with the immense mistake of my profession was signing that deal in 2017. Goodbye, for so less money. I didn’t set apart a neat deal. But it was portion of my fault, portion of the fault of my supervisor at that time. So, I’m seeking to repair that.”