Following his victory over Luke Rockhold at UFC 278, Costa (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) stated that the path that lies ahead is not quite clear at this time. Costa has stated that he is considering a few other opportunities, however he is unsure as to whether or not his promotional agreement will be battled out.
“We’ve had a lot of great opportunities (that) came up,” Costa told reporters.
“We know that boxing is going very well. We have some companies doing very good shows, even in Brazil. Brazil has a big show there, a fight music show. We had the most popular people in Brazil fighting there.. We have a lot of great opportunities there, but the UFC is a great company. I’m glad to be here, but I need to see what’s best for us.”
If he does decide to stick around, the UFC event that will take place in his home country for the first time since March of 2020 — UFC 283, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro in December — looks to be the best choice for the Brazilian fighter.
“I can fight in a couple months, maybe two months next, of course,” Costa said.
“I’d like to fight in December or end of November. But I know we have UFC Rio in Brazil in January, so maybe I can wait a little more. I don’t know if this is my last fight. I need to check with (my team), my people. If this is the last fight, so I have no more on the contract, I need to sit down and put attention and look what is best for my future. If I have one more, let’s see what Dana White has for me.”
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