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Alessandro Costa motivated to see former rival Steve Erceg battle for UFC title

Like most up-and-coming fighters, Alessandro Costa envisions himself becoming UFC champion. However, that dream is starting to become a little more real for the Brazilian. Costa (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) returns to the octagon this Saturday at UFC 301, a card headlined by Steve Erceg, the man who he last fought. Erceg is challenging champion

Alessandro Costa motivated to see former rival Steve Erceg battle for UFC title


Like most up-and-coming fighters, Alessandro Costa envisions himself turning into UFC champion. Nonetheless, that dream is beginning to turn out to be slightly extra actual for the Brazilian.

Costa (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) returns to the octagon this Saturday at UFC 301, a card headlined by Steve Erceg, the person who he final fought. Erceg is difficult champion Alexandre Pantoja for his UFC flyweight title. Costa can’t assist however suppose the place he’d be if the intently contested bout in opposition to Erceg again in November would’ve gone slightly otherwise.

“If I’d’ve gained, perhaps I’d be preventing for the title,” Costa told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “Pantoja already beat everybody beneath him within the rankings. He already fought everybody. So probably, if I’d’ve crushed Steve, I’d’ve taken his spot within the rankings, and perhaps I’d be preventing for the title. I did give it some thought and thought it was attention-grabbing.

“I see myself preventing for the title, however with what simply occurred and seeing Steve up there preventing for the title, I’ve much more confidence that I can get there. I see a title battle loads nearer now.”

Costa misplaced a detailed unanimous determination 29-28 on all scorecards in favor of Erceg again at UFC 295. His bout in opposition to Peru’s Kevin Borjas (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) this Saturday would be the first battle since. In the meantime, Erceg went on to battle as soon as once more, knocking out Matt Schnell in March earlier than getting the title shot at UFC 301.

The 28-year-old Costa is happy to see how the primary occasion performs out. He favors Pantoja however thinks Erceg has a stable probability of pulling off an upset.

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So far as his personal battle, Costa is happy to step within the octagon. The Brazilian, who lives and trains out of Mexico, shall be preventing professionally in his native nation for the very first time.

“I believed I’d really feel strain when my supervisor, Jason (Home), informed me that I used to be preventing in Brazil as a result of I’d be preventing at dwelling in opposition to an opponent from one other nation, however the fact is that I really feel excellent,” Costa stated. “I believe it’s due to my expertise, having fought somebody from the rankings and folks forward of me. Additionally, I’ve been alongside Diego, who fought at UFC 300 – a historic occasion. I believe these issues have helped me stay calm.”

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