UFC President Dana White shared his thoughts on the recent dust-up involving Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa at the UFC Performance Institute.
Chimaev confronted Costa, who was training with Nate Diaz’s jiu-jitsu coach Jake Shields and repeatedly asked Costa, “You want to f*** me up? Did you say you wanna f*** me up, yeah? Did you say you wanna f*** me up?”
Costa replied, “Do you want to fight me?”
The two went back and forth with Chimaev eventually taunting Costa over his loss to Israel Adesanya back in 2020 shouting at him through the fence, ““You like when someone f*** you in the a**, yeah? Israel f***ed you, brother. Israel f***ed you in the a**. You liked that? Yeah, I know you liked that you piece of s***.”
Costa recently defeated Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision at UFC 278. He’s currently the #6 contender in the Middleweight division behind Robert Whittaker, Jared Cannonier, Marvin Vettori, Alex Pereira, and Derek Brunson. Israel Adensanya is the current champion.
Chimaev is currently the #3 contender in the Welterweight division behind Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. Leon Edwards is the current champion after knocking out Usman at UFC 278.
Chimaev takes on Nate Diaz at UFC 279 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Chimaev is heavily favored with oddsmakers placing the odds at -1050. Diaz is at +700. The card also features a Welterweight bout between Li Jingliang and Tony Ferguson as well as a Catchweight bout between Kevin Holland and Daniel Rodriguez.
The other two fights on the main card include a women’s Bantamweight fight Irena Aldana and Macy Chiasson and a Light Heavyweight fight between Johnny Walker and Ion Cutelaba.
What do you make of White’s comments about the dust up? Would you want to see a fight between Chimaev and Costa?