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Robert Whittaker vs Paulo Costa preview
When is Whittaker vs Costa?
Robert Whittaker could potentially square off against Paulo Costa, in Spring 2023.
The fight would be scheduled for 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which means the weight limit would be 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Whittaker vs Costa stats
Robert Whittaker would step into the octagon with a record of 24 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 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 Whittaker, boosting at 79% knock out percentage over Whittaker's 38%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Whittaker would have an advantage over Costa, with a 21% submission rate over Costa's 7%.
Robert Whittaker is the same age as Paulo Costa, at 32 years old.
Costa has a height advantage of 1 inch over Whittaker. Despite this, he has 2-inch reach advantage.
Whittaker is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 14 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 years and 11 months earlier than Costa, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He has fought 51 more professional rounds, 79 to Costa's 28.
Whittaker vs Costa form
Robert Whittaker has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he 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.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24 on 17th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat 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.
He had won against Darren Till at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.
Costa has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 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 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.
In terms of recent activity, Robert Whittaker has been fighting more than Paulo Costa.
Robert Whittaker last fought 8 months and 28 days ago, while Paulo Costa's last outing was 9 months and 11 days ago.
Whittaker's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 6 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 4.2 rounds on average.
Costa's last 5 fights have come over a period of 5 years, 6 months and 27 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 10 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 Whittaker vs Costa?
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