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When is Costa vs Chimaev?
Paulo Costa will take on Khamzat Chimaev during the main card of UFC 294, on Saturday 21st October 2023 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The fight will be contested over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which means the weight limit will be 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Costa vs Chimaev stats
Paulo Costa steps into the octagon with a record of 14 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Khamzat Chimaev will make his way to the cage with an unblemished record of 12 wins and 0 draws, with 6 of those by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggest Costa has a large advantage in power over Chimaev, boasting at 79% knock out percentage over Chimaev's 50%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Chimaev will have a massive advantage over Costa, boosting at 42% submission rate over Costa's 7%.
Paulo Costa is the older man by 3 years, at 32 years old.
Chimaev has a height advantage of 1 inch over Costa. This also extends to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Costa is the more experienced professional fighter, having had 4 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 6 years and 3 months earlier than Chimaev, whose first professional fight was in 2018. He has fought 11 more professional rounds, 28 to Chimaev's 17.
Costa vs Chimaev form
Costa has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight, he beat Luke Rockhold at UFC 278 on 20th August 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41 on 23rd October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had beat Yoel Romero at UFC 241 on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Honda Center, Anaheim, United States.
He had won against Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Chimaev remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Kevin Holland at UFC 279 on 10th September 2022 by submission in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 on 9th April 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Jingliang Li at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by submission in the 1st round.
Before that, he had won against Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11 on 19th September 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
He had defeated Rhys McKee at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In terms of recent activity, Khamzat Chimaev has been fighting more than Paulo Costa.
Paulo Costa last fought 1 year and 30 days ago, while Khamzat Chimaev's last outing was 1 year and 9 days ago.
Costa's last 5 fights have come over a period of 5 years, 10 months and 15 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3 rounds on average.
Chimaev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 25 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 1.4 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Costa vs Chimaev?
Khamzat Chimaev is currently 2/7 (-340) to win the clash outright, while you can get 11/4 (+280) on Paulo Costa if you fancy the upset.
Costa vs Chimaev US streams
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Costa vs Chimaev UK streams
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UFC 294 Tickets
Where can I get Tickets for Costa vs Chimaev?
You can buy UFC 294 tickets on the resale market for this fight from TicketNetwork. Tickets are exchanging hands from $997 - $3675.
StubHub also has resell tickets available from €699.