Paulo Costa hoped to return to the Octagon by the tip of the yr, however his timeline could have to alter.
The UFC middleweight defeated Luke Rockhold by unanimous choice in a ‘Combat of the Night time’ awarded outing at UFC 278 this previous Saturday. Throughout that 15-minute affair, Costa fractured his proper hand, which he has undergone surgical procedure to restore lately.
The Brazilian revealed on his official YouTube channel that the surgical procedure was profitable, and his restoration timeline goes to be round eight weeks earlier than he can resume coaching.
“I broke my hand within the combat,” stated Costa. “I believed I had a bone harm or perhaps ligaments, however what actually occurred was a fracture to the metacarpal bone. I hoped it wasn’t a fracture as a result of then I might have the ability to come again to combating once more in 50 or 60 days and use all of the conditioning and the entire camp I’ve executed [for UFC 278].”
As a result of the UFC has its schedule full with the remaining Combat Night time and pay-per-view occasions for 2022, Costa might wait till 2023 to combat once more. That timing can be excellent for ‘Borrachinha,’ who could have a possibility to compete in Brazil for the primary time in 5 years. The UFC introduced its return to the nation with UFC 283, the upcoming pay-per-view occasion set for Jan. 21 at Jeunesse Enviornment in Rio de Janeiro.
Costa has one combat remaining on his present UFC contract and hinted at finishing it in entrance of a house crowd.
“I deliberate on combating in 60 days nevertheless it received’t be attainable,” stated Costa. “I’ll must combat in December or January. We’ll have a UFC card in Rio [on January 21] so perhaps it occurs there. It’s as much as the UFC.”