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Current rankings @ Middleweight
When is Costa vs Rockhold?
Paulo Costa is set to square off against Luke Rockhold, as the co-main event of UFC 278, on Saturday 20th August 2022 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
The fight is scheduled for 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which means the weight limit will be 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Costa vs Rockhold stats
Paulo Costa steps into the ring with a record of 13 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Luke Rockhold will make his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggest Costa has a massive power advantage over Rockhold, boasting at 85% knock out percentage over Rockhold's 38%.
Paulo Costa is the younger man by 6 years, at 31 years old.
Rockhold has a height advantage of 2 inches over Costa. This also extends to a 5-inch reach advantage.
Costa is the less experienced professional fighter, having had 6 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 year and 7 months later than Rockhold, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He has fought 13 less professional rounds, 25 to Rockhold's 38.
Costa vs Rockhold form
Costa has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight, he lost to Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41 on 23rd October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by 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.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Yoel Romero at UFC 241 on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Honda Center, Anaheim, United States.
Before that, he had beat Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
He had won against Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212 on 3rd June 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Costa's last 5 fights have come over a period of 5 years, 2 months and 7 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Rockhold's last 3 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 10 months and 25 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 7 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.3 rounds on average.
Costa vs Rockhold US streams
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Costa vs Rockhold UK streams
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