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Dana White confirms Paulo Costa is done at middleweight

Dana White, Paulo Costa

Dana White has a few pet peeves but none bigger than fighters missing weight. Paulo Costa was unable to make the originally set 185 pounds for his fight on Saturday.

The weight was changed to 195 before Marvin Vettori agreed to make 205. The move appears to be a permanent one as Dana White likes Paulo Costa at light heavyweight.

“He’s a light heavyweight,” Dana White said at the event’s post-fight press conference (transcription by MMAFighting).

“He was in shape. It’s not like the guy showed up out of shape, or the guy has lost his mind and wasn’t training for this fight and just showed up and was overweight. He obviously trained. He can’t make ’85. It just goes to show you that he cannot make 185 pounds.”

Dana White made his feelings on Paulo Costa at 205 clear, that’s his home going forward. The UFC president gave him credit for the performance but couldn’t ignore the pre-fight shenanigans.

Paulo Costa was asked at the post-fight press conference about his future. He had a different plan than Dana White.

“I could fight 205 but I could fight 185 as well, so I think it’s better to me to come back to my weight, to 185, look for the belt, and after that move [up a division],” Costa said. “I can fight 205 anytime, but if I can make 185, why not?”

Dana White was asked about the comments and he still wouldn’t budge. The UFC won’t allow you to make the same mistake again.

“Yeah. This is going to be fun,” White said. “I promise you it’s not [your division].”