According to Wallid Ismail, the manager of Paulo Henrique Costa, the scale will not be a problem for the middleweight No. 1 contender heading into the UFC 253 main event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi this Saturday.
“He is having the best weight cut ever. Normally he weighs 200 pounds two days before the weigh-in, this time he is already weighing 200 pounds today (Tuesday),” Ismail told Sherdog.com. “So there is no reason for concern.
“‘’Borrachinha’ is one of the most serious and focused athletes I´ve ever seen. Besides working with a team of excellent professionals, he is absolutely focused on reaching the main goal of his life, which is gaining the UFC belt, and I´m sure he will get it.”
It’s worth noting that Costa has never missed weight for an Octagon appearance.
After his win over Yoel Romero at UFC 241, Costa became one of the most popular MMA fighters in Brazil. His middleweight title bout with Israel Adesanya is expected to attract one of the biggest audiences to the Combate channel in 2020.
YouTube Sensation: : Unlike many UFC fighters, who use Instagram or Twitter as primary platforms to interact with fans, Costa has his own YouTube channel where he posts weekly videos that showcase both his personal life and his daily training routine. In just four months, Costa already has garnered 90,000 subscribers. Mixing humor with training tips, Costa’s primary focus in providing entertainment to the fans. In one recent video, he simulated a fight with a “clone” of Adesanya, where his opponent literally ran from him until he was knocked out. Wrestling trainer Eric Albarracin played the role of Bruce Buffer, announcing both athletes prior to the mock bout.
In another video, Costa showed a USADA session, presented his preferred supplements and also revealed how he sleeps so well every night.
“When I´m having a hard time to sleep, I have one or two glasses of wine. It has some carbohydrates but helps me to sleep fast,” he revealed.
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