The upcoming middleweight bout between Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa has been scrapped from UFC 284, and Whittaker is not going to struggle in Australia anymore.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported that the Whittaker vs. Costa struggle is off the UFC 284 card, which is ready to happen on February 11 at RAC Enviornment in Perth, Australia.
No troll job. Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker will NOT struggle at UFC 284 in February, per sources. Extra data coming to ESPN. pic.twitter.com/LWTAyKgSUL
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 19, 2022
No troll job. Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker will NOT struggle at UFC 284 in February, per sources. Extra data coming to ESPN.
In response to Costa, who took to social media following the announcement that the Whittaker struggle is off, the struggle is off as a result of he couldn’t come to an settlement with the UFC on a brand new contract forward of the bout. The Brazilian mentioned the UFC was being “petty” in its negotiations.
Nice fights goes down because of lack of negotiation abilities, they need to cease being petty 👍🥤 pic.twitter.com/uAfFLnTOdN
— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) December 19, 2022
Nice fights goes down because of lack of negotiation abilities, they need to cease being petty
Costa mentioned final month that the struggle with Whittaker was not official regardless of the UFC asserting it and having it on their official web site, so it’s not precisely a shock that the struggle has been scrapped. Nonetheless, there was hope that the promotion and the fighter might come to an settlement on a brand new contract, nevertheless it didn’t occur.
Whittaker additionally commented on the struggle being scrapped in a video that he referred to as a standing replace.
Standing Replace #UFC284 #UFCPerth @ufc @UFC_AUSNZ pic.twitter.com/dPl4q2S8nj
— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) December 19, 2022
“G’day, all people. I’m positive you’ve seen the media and the rumor’s going round in regards to the Perth card. It’s upsetting to say, it’s very upsetting to say that it’s true. The struggle with Costa has fallen aside. UFC tried the whole lot of their energy to get him to the struggle. They gave him a brand new contract to take the struggle from what I perceive, however he nonetheless didn’t take the struggle. The Perth struggle just isn’t occurring. They’re seeking to reschedule me for March or April. That is very upsetting,” Whittaker mentioned.
It stays to be seen who Whittaker will struggle subsequent, nevertheless it gained’t be Costa.
Who do you suppose Robert Whittaker ought to struggle subsequent now that the Paulo Costa struggle has been scrapped?
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