Paulo Costa recently took a shot at Khamzat Chimaev after their recent run- in at the UFC PI. ‘Borrachinha’ shared details of the incident and claimed that he only had girlfriend Tamara Alves and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields with him when Chimaev approached him with ten other guys.
Paulo Costa opens up on the incident involving Khamzat Chimaev
Costa reckoned that ‘Borz’ was looking to provide some material for the media rather than an actual fight. The Brazilian claimed that Chimaev stood there watching him instead of jumping in, although the doors of the mat were left open. He joked that his girlfriend and manager Tamara might have been the one to scare off the Chechen-born Swede contender.
Costa said in an interview with Full Send MMA:
“You know, I don’t think he was actually there for fight. I think, you know, he was just for show something for the cameras. Because we are training, just me, Jake Shields and Tamara. You know, three guys and he had there with [him] ten guys of his team. And the door of the mat was open whole time and he was there, just to watch us. So if he would like to fight, why he didn’t jump in the mat and fight us. Maybe he was scared of Tamara.”
Recently, Jake Shields, who is a long-time training partner of Chimaev’s upcoming opponent Nate Diaz, claimed that ‘Borz’ wasn’t really looking for a fight. However, it is noteworthy that the Chechen-born Swede insists that fighting is his natural instinct. Chimaev further claimed that he wouldn’t even care about his UFC 279 fight purse if he needed to fight Paulo Costa ahead of his bout against Diaz. We will have to see if the fight materializes.
Check out the interview below: