Paulo Costa

Name: Paulo Costa
Professional Record: 8-0
Weightclass: Middleweight
Age: 25
Nationality: Brazil
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Rank: 5
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Paulo “Borrachinha” Costa is the current Jungle Fight Middleweight champion.  He also was a former contestant on the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3.  Costa lost to Marcio Alexandre by split decision.  I believe Costa has improved a lot since his time on the Ultimate Fighter and has solidified himself as one of the better middleweight prospects.  Costa has some of the best boxing of our middleweight prospects.  He really does a good job making use of his jab.  He also has power in his punches.  He also seems to have good speed and accuracy on his punches.  He does mix in his kicks well, including a front kick to keep distance.  In his win over Bruno Assis, he showed some really powerful ground and pound.  Costa is not a submission stylist, but he is able to use his submissions to get finishes. He does have solid takedowns, which appear to be powerful.   Unlike many others in this group of middleweights, Costa is a true middleweight. One of my biggest concerns for Costa is his cardio.  If he can avoid gassing out,  he is a real threat at middleweight.  I believe Costa has an all around game that is well suited for the UFC.

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