Paulo Costa has fired back at Sean Strickland amid ongoing rumors of a potential fight against him. The MMA community has lately been rife with speculation that the UFC is likely to book Costa against Strickland next.
‘Tarzan’ had previously spoken about possibly facing Costa inside the octagon. In a tweet posted in November 2021, Strickland jibed at Costa and suggested that he wanted to fight him.
In late 2020, Costa famously blamed his loss to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya on drinking too much wine the night before the fight. Strickland alluded to that, asserting he’d like to fight Costa, provided the latter can put down the wine.
Intriguingly, fellow UFC middleweight Darren Till had expressed interest in fighting Strickland. Nevertheless, ‘Tarzan’ clarified that he’s not looking to fight Till but would fight either Costa or Jack Hermansson. Strickland’s tweet read as follows:
“Instagram blocked me, joked about a pedophile dying and I guess they didn’t like it lol!!!! Anyways I’m not fighting Darren Till. I want Costa and if Costa can’t put down the wine and cookies I want Jack.”
Paulo Costa has now added fuel to his long-running feud against Strickland by seemingly accepting his challenge. ‘The Eraser’ has posted a tweet comprising a phrase in English as well as one in Brazilian Portuguese:
The English phrase reads as follows – “Let’s do it rat.” Meanwhile, the Brazilian Portuguese phrase roughly translates to – “We’ll see if he really is a bully.”