Paulo Costa, a UFC middleweight contender, is very close to extending his agreement with the company.Although “Borrachinha” still has one fight left on his current contract, he appears to be planning to wait till his deal is renewed. However, thanks to his management and fiancée Tamara Alves, Costa now appears to be very close to signing a new four-fight contract with the UFC.Tamara recently asserted that Paulo Costa will become the highest-paid Brazilian UFC fighter thanks to his new contract. The manager of “Borrachinha” also alluded to a staggering sum of $1 million each battle, saying to Ag.battle
“[Paulo] went from being one of the UFC’s most underappreciated athletes to one of its most cherished athletes. Without a question, Paulo is currently the highest-paid Brazilian athlete in the group. I’m not sure whether you are familiar with any Brazilian athletes who make more than $1 million each fight. credit to YouTube auto-translation
Costa appears to be close to signing a lucrative deal, but that wasn’t the case earlier. Earlier this year, “Borrachinha” declined a matchup with Robert Whittaker for UFC 284 and called the announcement “fake news.”
Tamara said that lengthy discussions are unavoidable when the athlete is of Costa’s stature, in reference to the delay in contract negotiations.
Paulo Costa names two potential opponents for next fight
In a different interview, Paulo Costa asserted that he had reached an agreement with the UFC on his compensation. The former middleweight title contender hailed his management and girlfriend Tamara Alves for concluding the drawn-out discussions.
Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev are the two opponents the UFC has proposed to Costa, who plans to make his comeback in October.
Although Costa has been criticised by Strickland in the past for being idle, Chimaev had a run-in with the Brazilian before UFC 279 last September. “Borrachinha” reportedly told PVT in Brazil:
“We have an agreement with the UFC regarding the pay, but I haven’t yet signed the contract. It wasn’t simple; there was a lot of hard effort involved, and I must specifically mention Tamara’s outstanding job here. I agree; I want that. I want both of these events to take place, but [the UFC] is determined to make this Chimaev bout happen at all costs. We shall see. h/t MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz