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Paulo Costa Says He Hasn’t Signed Contract to Face Robert Whittaker at UFC 284



One of the most highly-anticipated fights at UFC 284 is apparently not yet official.

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While the Las Vegas-based promotion announced a middleweight bout between Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker for Perth last month, Costa revealed in an interview with AgFight that he has not received a contract from the UFC as of yet. According to Costa, he had a meeting with UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell about renewing his deal with the organization, but his request for an increase in pay was not met.

“They recognized the current value is wrong and promised to give me feedback,” Costa said.

During the interview, Costa also revealed that his lawyers who are handling the contract told him to consider that possibility that he might not fulfill the last fight on the deal.

"There is one fight left, but the contract can also be finished [over a certain period of time],” he said. “I truly hope we can come to an agreement because I would love to face the No. 1 ranked opponent in my division, but for now I can just say anything can happen.”

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