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#7 Middleweight Division

"The Eraser"

Paulo Costa

Middleweight Division

14-3-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Paulo Costa

athlete record


Learn more about Paulo Costa's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Trains at
Team Borracha
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Mar. 12, 2017
Leg reach
  • Team Wanderlei on TUF Brazil 3
  • Pro since 2012
  • Eleven wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)
  • Has finished 12 wins, nine in the first round

UFC 298 (2/17/24) Costa lost a three round unanimous decision to Robert Whittaker 

UFC 278 (8/20/22) Costa won a three round unanimous decision over Luke Rockhold 

UFC Fight Night (10/23/21) Costa lost a five-round unanimous decision to Marvin Vettori

UFC 253 (9/27/20) Costa was stopped by Israel Adesanya via strikes at 3:59 of the second round in a fight for the UFC middleweight title

UFC 241 (8/17/19) Costa won a three round unanimous decision over Yoel Romero

UFC 226 (7/7/18) Costa stopped Uriah Hall via strikes at 2:38 of the second round

UFC 217 (11/4/17) Costa stopped Johny Hendricks via strikes at 1:23 of the second round

UFC 212 (6/3/17) Costa stopped Oluwale Bamgbose via strikes at 1:06 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (3/11/17) Costa stopped Garreth McLellan via strikes at 1:17 of the first round



On episode seven (quarterfinals), Costa lost a three round split decision to Marcio Alexandre Junior

On episode one, Costa submitted Jose Roberto via guillotine choke in the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started in 2012, because I'm fascinated by fighting.

What ranks and titles have you held? Mineiro Champion of Jiu-Jitsu, Middleweight Champion (MMA) - Face to Face Event, Middleweight Champion (MMA) - Jungle Fight Event

Do you have any heroes? Jesus Christ

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means I’m starting my UFC career to be the best fighter of all time.

What was your job before you started fighting? Realtor

Favorite grappling technique: Triangle

Favorite Striking technique: Hook