Middleweight contender Robert Whittaker has stirred up a fan frenzy as of late. The former champion has recently teased a fateful return at UFC 299. “The Reaper” last fought in July when he faced Dricus Du Plessis in a middleweight title eliminator bout. However, he incurred a second-round shocking TKO to the South African. Now, Whittaker has hyped up fans on the possibility of facing Paulo Costa.
The defeat was an undeniable upset for the former champion. Robert Whittaker remained a win from a title shot, but the loss took him further away from a title shot. Now, the 32-year-old teased a matchup against Paulo Costa. This is what he wrote:
Let’s give it another go... #UFC299...
Robert Whittaker via Instagram
Surprisingly, the fighter has also tagged Costa in his post. Recently Costa was set to face Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294. However, Costa suffered a serious staph infection on his elbow. Interestingly, from the end of last year to sometime in the beginning of 2023, Costa and Whittaker were rumored to fight each other. Hence, that is why Whittaker wrote about trying to book the fight for another time.
Whittaker needs a win to get back on track. On the other hand, Costa has not fought since defeating Luke Rockhold in 2022. It remains to be seen if the UFC books a Whittaker vs. Costa bout or rebook Costa vs. Chimaev.
Fans react to Robert Whittaker teasing a matchup against Paulo Costa
UFC 299 takes place on March 9, 2024. Miami will serve as the location for the PPV. The only confirmed fight on the pay-per-view so far is the main event. It features Sean O’Malley defending his bantamweight gold against Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera. Robert Whittaker has teased his return and teased Paulo Costa as the desired opponent.
This made a fan comment, “Paulo Costa via pull out,” due to the amount of times Costa pulled out from fights. Check out other prominent fan reactions:
While no opponent has yet been confirmed for ‘The Reaper,’ the fan-favorite middleweight could co-headline the card on his return. He is a big-name fighter, and the Miami PPV card needs other stars to feature for UFC’s return to the East Coast city.
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