After the cancellation of the main event at UFC 294, Dana White states that Paulo Costa’s operation casts doubt on his ability to compete in the co-main event versus Khamzat Chimaev.

The highly anticipated middleweight showdown between Paulo Costa and Khamzat Chimaev, which was scheduled to take place at UFC 294, is reportedly in peril. As a result of the bursitis surgery that was performed on the Brazilian’s right elbow not too long ago, he may be forced to withdraw from the fight.

A recent report by MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter stated that the UFC has not formally acknowledged Costa’s departure from the pay-per-view event despite though the fighter has already announced his intention to do so. On the other hand, Dana White recently claimed that he will have more information regarding the status of the bout within the coming hours. The CEO of the UFC has also acknowledged that the organization has been in communication with many middleweight contenders who have the capability of perhaps replacing ‘Borrachinha’ in the event that he is injured.

Check out the following tweet from Bronsteter:

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A screenshot taken by user @aaronbronsteter on platform X
Paulo Costa disclosed earlier this week that he is putting in a lot of work in the gym in order to be ready to fight just five weeks after having elbow surgery. The Brazilian insisted on continuing to fight, even though he needed 10 stitches to close the wound on his hand. He also shared multiple videos of himself fighting on social media. However, only time will tell if the Brazilian is able to compete against Chimaev. Time is the only thing that matters.

The untimely withdrawal of Charles Oliveira from the main event of UFC 294 left supporters in a state of disbelief. This news is going to come as a major shock to those fans. An intriguing rematch for the title was planned to take place between ‘Do Bronx’ and Islam Makhachev. It has been claimed that the UFC is interested in signing Alexander Volkanovski in order to fill the void left by Oliveira.

The featherweight champion’s most recent bout against Makhachev took place at 155 pounds and took place at UFC 284. After a razor-thin battle, the judges scored the fight in favor of Makhachev. The newly announced main event for UFC 294 has not yet been declared official.

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