Belts on The Line
Current rankings @ Middleweight
When is Strickland vs Costa?
Sean Strickland could set to fight Paulo Costa, in Early 2024.
The fight would be scheduled for 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which means the weight limit would be 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Strickland vs Costa stats
Sean Strickland would step into the octagon with a record of 28 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Paulo Costa would make his way to the cage with a record of 14 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggest Costa would have a massive power advantage over Strickland, boosting at 79% knock out percentage over Strickland's 39%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Strickland would have a slight advantage over Costa, with a 14% submission rate over Costa's 7%.
Sean Strickland is the same age as Paulo Costa, at 32 years old.
Strickland has 4-inch reach advantage.
Strickland is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 17 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 3 years and 11 months earlier than Costa, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He has fought 56 more professional rounds, 84 to Costa's 28.
Strickland vs Costa form
Strickland has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight, he defeated Israel Adesanya at UFC 293 on 9th September 2023 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia.
Previous to that, he had defeated Abusupiyan Magomedov at UFC Fight Night – Strickland vs. Magomedov on 1st July 2023 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Nassourdine Imavov at UFC Fight Night: Gastelum vs. Imavov on 14th January 2023 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest.
Before that, he had been beaten by Jared Cannonier at UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland on 17th December 2022 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC Apex, Las Vegas.
He had lost to Alex Pereira at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Costa has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he won against 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 won against 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 beat Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
In terms of recent activity, Sean Strickland has been fighting more than Paulo Costa.
Sean Strickland last fought 2 months and 21 days ago, while Paulo Costa's last outing was 1 year, 3 months and 10 days ago.
Strickland's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 4 months and 28 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 3 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
Costa's last 5 fights have come over a period of 6 years and 26 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Strickland vs Costa?
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