Paulo Costa is a problem. Formerly ‘Borrachinha’, Costa now wants to be called ‘The Eraser’ and he’s earned it too. He’s undefeated and he’s finished all three of his UFC opponents. His latest victim was Johny Hendricks at UFC 214, who fell to strikes in the second round. Fans and media aren’t the only ones who are noticing, Derek Brunson called out the up-and-coming fighter on Twitter and threw out some steroid accusations, needless to say, Costa didn’t appreciate that one bit.
“I just saw on Twitter that he got data saying that USADA only tested me once and that, if I was tested more often, he could fight me in the middle of next year, I would tell him that he is a coward, a slacker. I don’t know where he got this false data from. Only this month I have been tested five times. And since being in the UFC, I’ve been tested 10 times. USADA and the UFC have this data. His bullsh-t argument makes no sense at all. I’m going to put my tests up on social media and I want to see what his excuse will be to continue running away.”
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 8, 2017
“I’d just like to break his face. He’s the only guy I’m angry about. He’s afraid, he’s not a man, and he’s a liar on top of it all. You’re scared to fight me and you’re making excuses. I’ll prove it’s a lie and I want to know what the next excuse will be to not face me. Either he says he accepts it or he doesn’t [accept the fight]. If the guy is afraid, he has to say that he is afraid and that he doesn’t want to fight with anyone. He doesn’t deserve to be in the UFC. Johny Hendricks is a real man because he accepted the fight and didn’t make an excuse. He’s making excuses and he’s being lazy because he’s afraid. If the UFC puts another guy in there to fight him, he’ll become like that even more. If you put him in there with me, I’ll end his run.” — Paulo Costa speaking to FloCombat.
It’s worth putting on the record that Brunson only has been tested one more time this year than Paulo Costa. With his win over Hendricks, Costa just snuck into the top 15. That’s a far jump to seventh-ranked Derek Brunson, but stranger things have happened. After all, Brunson is the one who called Costa out. No matter who he’s going to fight next, it’s clear Costa is becoming a force to be reckoned with. If there was a time to test him against a higher-ranked opponent, now is that time.
Se Nao quer lutar diga: “Eu não quero lutar porque sou frouxo”. Tirou o dele da reta inventando desculpas…😭😭😭
Say that: I don’t want fight with you because IAM scared. Don’t make excuses honey..😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/MxA03j0cYM
— Paulo Henrique (@BorrachinhaMMA) November 9, 2017
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/9/2017.