Prior to his 40 lbs weight loss, Paulo Costa weighed 225 pounds less than three weeks ago. He successfully hit 185.5 pounds following his weight loss transformation for his UFC 278 fight against Luke Rockhold.
Paulo Henrique Costa is a Brazilian professional MMA fighter. He currently competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is ranked #6 in the UFC middleweight rankings as of August 1, 2022.
He made his professional MMA debut in February 2012 in his home country of Brazil. His brother eventually persuaded his mother to financially support Paulo for a year in order for him to pursue his professional martial arts career. Over the next five years, he went 8-0 with seven knockouts and one submission.
Paulo Costa (b. April 21, 1991) was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on April 21, 1991, to parents Carlos Roberto and Maria Augusta. Only his older brother Carlos Costa, a former MMA fighter and one of Paulo’s coaches is one of his siblings.
Paulo grew up in Contagem, where he played soccer and learned Muay Thai at the age of nine, which he felt was necessary to avoid the frequent street fights in his neighborhood. Paulo Costa joined a jiu-jitsu gym when he was a teenager, but he left when his father died of throat cancer at the age of 17. He returned to the gym a few years later and began training with his brother.
Paulo Costa was concerned about the weight requirement he needed to meet in order to compete for the middleweight title where he must weigh 185 pounds. In the co-main event of UFC 278 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold delivered a wild, wild West-style bar brawl.
Costa won by 30-27 on all three scorecards in a fight in which the men simply clubbed each other with kicks and punches. Regardless, Paulo Costa met the weight requirement after undergoing a rigorous weight loss procedure, the details of which we have compiled below.
UFC Fighter Paulo Costa Completes 40 Pounds Weight Loss in 2022!
Paulo Costa (@borrachinhamma) reached the middleweight weight class for his UFC 278 fight against Luke Rockhold after losing 40 pounds. Costa, who weighed 225lb in early August, weighed in at 185.5lb for his fight with former champion Rockhold, who is making his fighting comeback after a three-year hiatus.
Costa has reclaimed the title by defeating Rockhold by 30-27 scores on all three cards in a fight. Rockhold spent the last half of the fight mostly hanging against the cage due to exhaustion, but every now and then he’d throw a kick or a punch that would hurt Costa.
Despite never missing weight in his UFC career, Costa was the center of attention for his most recent fight with Marvin Vettori after admitting he wouldn’t be able to make the middleweight limit. The fight was eventually moved up to a catchweight of 200lb and then 205lb, with UFC president Dana White stating that Costa would not fight at 185lb again after the fiasco.
The UFC star assured reporters at the UFC 278 media day that he made weight loss for his fight against Rockhold while revealing that Paddy Pimblett (@theufcbaddy) assisted him in his preparations.
Pimblett’s diet often gets more attention than his fights, with the UFC star gaining 45 pounds since his last fight after binging on junk food. Rockhold, who weighed in at 185.5lb, admitted he was concerned about Costa’s weight and was prepared to fight at 190lb if the Brazilian failed to make the middleweight cut.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian fighter had trouble sleeping before his most recent UFC fights, losing to champion Israel Adesanya in Abu Dhabi and coming in overweight for his main event bout with Marvin Vettori, which was eventually moved to light heavyweight. However, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Paulo Costa found it difficult to train and work out in order to lose weight.
Costa began his weight loss program with an hour of cycling machine training. The next day, he weighed 208.3 pounds and was 4.2 pounds lighter. He continued his training on the cycling machine for the rest of his days, which allowed him to lose weight gradually until he reached 185 pounds following a varied training regimen and diet plan.
Paulo Costa’s Workout Routine and Diet Plan
Paulo Costa has a very varied training regimen. On a weekly basis, he practices Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, shadow boxing, and other fighting techniques. However, he allows himself to do exercises to improve his cardio and muscular endurance. Agility training, speed training, chest workout, back workout, shoulder workout, leg workout, and arm workout are all part of his workout routine.
Throughout the year, the mixed martial artist follows a diet plan with the help of Paddy Pimblett. He enjoys coffee and typically consumes 8 cups per day. Costa now eats a lactose-free diet, which makes his body feel better and eliminates his stomach problems. Furthermore, he avoids eating red meat in the days leading up to a fight because it will cause him to gain weight. He prefers to eat chicken and fish instead.
On the other hand, Paulo Costa has an unusual method for falling asleep at night. Sometimes his training doesn’t end until 9 or 10 p.m. Because of the adrenaline, he may have difficulty sleeping when he returns home from the gym. As a result, he keeps a bottle of wine next to his bed and has 1-2 glasses to help him fall asleep.