Costa today announced that a middleweight bout with Hall has been rebooked for this summer at UFC 226. The promotion hasn’t officially made an announcement, but Costa shared the news via his Instagram page.
UFC 226 takes place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Unbeaten Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) originally were set to face off this weekend at UFC Fight Night 128, though a biceps tear suffered last month forced Costa to withdraw.
Costa stayed perfect last November with a second-round TKO of former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 in New York. It was his third TKO finish in three UFC fights. He debuted with the promotion 13 months ago in his native Brazil and picked up a $50,000 bonus for a first-round TKO of Garreth McLellan to give him nine first-round stoppages in his first nine pro fights, with eight coming by knockout or TKO.
Costa had to go to the second round for a TKO of Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212 before making his first trip for a fight in the U.S.
Hall will return after suffering medical issues that sent him to the hospital ahead of weigh-ins for a scheduled January fight with Vitor Belfort. Those issues, Hall said, were a “mini-seizure” and “slight heart attack” during his weight cut for UFC Fight Night 125. Hall was pulled from his fight against Vitor Belfort and criticized by UFC President Dana White.
Hall will try for his second win in a row to follow a second-round knockout of Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Fight Night 116. That snapped a three-fight skid that saw him drop a decision to Robert Whittaker and suffer first-round TKOs against Derek Brunson and Gegard Mousasi in 2016.
The latest UFC 226 card includes:
- Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier – for heavyweight title
- Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font
- Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki
- Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry
- Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall
- Edson Barboza 'very motivated' for Kevin Lee with hopes for Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch after
- Meet the cast of 'The Ultimate Fighter 27: Undeafeated'
- Neiman Gracie wants another submission win at Bellator 198 and, frankly, why wouldn't he?
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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