After three years without a major event on Brazilian soil, local
fans are eagerly anticipating the UFC 283 card, which is scheduled
for Jan. 21 in Rio de Janeiro.
If former light heavyweight title challenger Thiago
Santos has a say, the show will feature at least one Brazil vs.
Brazil confrontation. During an appearance on Fabricio
Werdum’s podcast “Nem Me Viu,” Santos criticized Paulo
Costa’s attitude regarding weight cutting and challenged
“Borrachinha” to a fight at UFC 283.
“There was a situation with ‘Borrachinha’ in which I was cutting
weight and he and his team got in and started jumping in the cold
bathtub, which was next to the hot one I was in, having a party,”
Santos said. “They didn’t respect that moment of mine there. He
even said later that I’m getting beat up by everyone. Since that’s
how it is, why doesn’t he take advantage of it and come hit me too
at UFC Rio de Janeiro?”
Although they currently fight in different divisions — Costa at
middleweight and Santos at light heavyweight — both fighters got
started on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” in the welterweight
division and ended up being eliminated in their first fight by the
runners-up of their respective editions. Santos participated on
“TUF: Brazil 2” as part of Team Werdum and lost to William Marcario
but was signed by the UFC afterward. Costa, who was part of
Sonnen’s team on “TUF: Brazil 3,” lost a decision in his first
fight to Marcio
Alexandre Jr. but was not as fortunate as “Marreta.” Costa had
to win four fights and capture the Jungle Fight belt before earning
a UFC contract.
Today, Santos is coming off back-to-back losses to Magomed
Ankalaev and Jamahal
Hill at 205 pounds, while Costa snapped a two-bout skid with a
unanimous decision triumph over Luke
Rockhold at UFC 278.