Paulo Costa defeated Yoel Romero in a thrilling back-and-forth fight in their middleweight bout at UFC 241.
The Brazilian phenom remains undefeated and improves his professional record to 13-0 (5-0 UFC) as he eyes up a UFC title shot against the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya.
Romero and Costa both recorded knockdowns in the first round. Costa dropped Romero before being floored himself in a stunning opening round.
In round two, the Cuban wrestler landed a takedown with the Brazilian connecting vicious leg-kicks to the body. Costa landed a staggering 43 body shots to Romero’s seven.
They continued to exchange shots in round three in an entertaining fight with Costa getting the judges nod.
OFFICIAL: Costa def. Romero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).