While Paulo Costa got his first loss in the UFC, after an 8-0 he had in MMA, leaked data says other things. The Brazilian did not fall for the first time before Israel Adesanya this Saturday, but had another loss earlier, a few years ago. Of course, according to the numbers and statistics, both arrived undefeated at UFC 253 of “the island of the fight”, but there was another opponent who, in the beginning, made him suffer in the cage.
This was in 2014, when Coast he was one of thirty-two fighters who sought a place in the third edition of TUF: Brazil. The 23-year-old South American was 3-0 at the time. The aforementioned occurred in the preliminary fight to enter TUF, in Sao Paulo. Paul it was the second choice for Wanderlei Silva’s team. So “The Ax Murderer” decided to pair him with the top pick from the Chael Sonnen outfit: Marcio Alexandre Jr.
Their own stories
“We have to be fair, he has matured a lot since he left The Ultimate Fighter and evolved with his boxing and his mental game,” was what Alexandre Jr. began saying in an interview with MMA Fighting, six years after the victory. Now he is more experienced and tough. Borrachinha was already a great athlete before the show. He always had this form, he was already so strong, and he had knockouts on his record, too, so he was always aggressive. I could feel his power in the fight, his ground and pound was violent, and it has definitely evolved since then, “he added.
In this way, the winner explained why he won: “I think the reason Borrachinha was not more efficient was the corner strategy. As I am a forward who moves a lot, inside and outside, his corner came up with a strategy to anchor me and knock me down, land and hit. He did it in his first TUF fight, but the problem is, maybe that’s not the strategy he would have liked to use against me. He ended up listening to his corner and having a clinch fight.
“He called Lyoto on Skype and we talked for about 10 minutes. He wished me good luck and success on the show. That was surreal, my first time talking to my idol during a UFC reality show. One of the reasons that made me fight MMA was watching Lyoto from his Jungle Fight days and discovering that our martial arts, despite not being as relevant in MMA at the time, could work if they were well adapted to the sport. ” Hill Alexandre jr, recalling his historic triumph over Paulo Costa.