Feb 17 2024
Saturday

Honda Center, Anaheim, United States

Co-Main Event
3 rounds contest @ Middleweight
24-7-0
UD 3

Score cards

  • 29-28
  • 29-28
  • 30-27
UD 3
14-2-0

The tape

33
Age
32
6' 0" / 182 cm
Height
6' 1" / 185 cm
73.6" / 187 cm
Reach
72" / 183 cm

Tape record

KOUDUDUDUD
Form
UDUDKOUDKO
24
Wins
14
9
By KO
11
38
KO%
79
5
By SUB
1
21
SUB%
7
7
Loses
2
3
Stopped
1
1
Tapped
0
0
Draws
0
2009
Debut
2012
31
Bouts
16
81
Rounds
28
6 hours, 3 minutes
Fight Time
1 hours, 46 minutes

Tape rankings @ Middleweight

3
UFC
6
-
Bellator
-
5
Tapology
10

Robert Whittaker vs Paulo Costa report

Who won Whittaker vs Costa?

Robert Whittaker beat Paulo Costa by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of UFC 298, on Saturday 17th February 2024 at Honda Center in Anaheim.

The scorecards were announced as 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 in favor of winner Robert Whittaker.

The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).

Whittaker vs Costa stats

Robert Whittaker stepped into the octagon with a record of 24 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.

Paulo Costa made 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 suggested Costa had a massive power advantage over Whittaker, boosting at 79% knock out percentage over Whittaker's 38%.

If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Whittaker had an advantage over Costa, with a 21% submission rate over Costa's 7%.

Robert Whittaker was the older man by 1 year, at 33 years old.

Costa had a height advantage of 1 inch over Whittaker. Despite this, he had 2-inch reach advantage.

Whittaker was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 15 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 years and 11 months earlier than Costa, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 53 more professional rounds, 84 to Costa's 31.

Whittaker vs Costa form

Robert Whittaker had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 290 on 8th July 2023 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

Previous to that, he had defeated Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night Paris on 3rd September 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Accor Arena, Paris, France.

Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Israel Adesanya at UFC 271 on 12th February 2022 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston, United States.

Before that, he had beat Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24 on 17th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.

He had won against Jared Cannonier at UFC 254 on 24th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Costa had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight before this contest, he had 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 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.

Going into that contest, 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.

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 defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Robert Whittaker had been fighting more than Paulo Costa.

Going to this contest, Robert Whittaker had last fought 9 months and 4 days ago, while Paulo Costa's last outing had been 1 year, 7 months and 23 days ago.

Whittaker's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.

Costa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 5 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.

What were the odds on Whittaker vs Costa?

Robert Whittaker was a 11/25 (-230) favourite going into the contest, while Paulo Costa made his way into the ring at 187/100 (+190) with oddsmakers.

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