Costa explains his bottle of wine night time earlier than bout

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Brazilian middleweight Paulo Costa says he made a sequence of poor selections the night time earlier than his first UFC title struggle in September, which led to the worst efficiency of his MMA profession.

Costa, 30, is scheduled to struggle Marvin Vettori in the principle occasion of UFC Combat Evening on Oct. 23. It would mark his first look since he suffered the primary setback of his profession, a second-round knockout loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi.

Within the aftermath of the loss, Costa stated on his YouTube channel that he consumed a bottle of wine the night time earlier than the struggle in an effort to go to sleep.

In an interview with ESPN on Thursday, Costa stated his first mistake the night time earlier than the struggle was to carry a tough coaching session. Costa, who cuts numerous weight to compete within the middleweight division, stated he usually doesn’t practice on weigh-in day — the day earlier than the struggle — however elected to take action as a result of there was extra restoration time in Abu Dhabi because of the time distinction.

“My weight lower was very exhausting, nevertheless it’s all the time exhausting,” Costa instructed ESPN. “The issue is that in Abu Dhabi, the struggle occurs within the morning, not at night time. So, you get one night time extra [of recovery]. And what occurred is, after my weight lower, I had recovered very effectively. However then I educated so exhausting. I used to be so assured, that I educated exhausting. I educated greater than is beneficial after a weight lower. And I believe this made numerous issues in my physique. I had numerous cramps and I had numerous issues making an attempt to sleep.”

Costa (13-1) went on to say he took a complement that contained ginger, which was supposed to assist alleviate his cramps however made him really feel extra awake. He stated it is common for him to devour small quantities of wine at night time to go to sleep, and because the night time dragged on and he nonetheless could not sleep, he in the end determined to make use of that as a final resort.

“I had determined to struggle. I’d not let this struggle fall out,” Costa stated. “After the bodily therapist stepped out of my room, I went to my mattress however could not go to sleep. I attempted melatonin, nevertheless it did not work. Generally I’ll use one cup of wine once I really feel numerous stress, it is helped me somewhat bit, however only one cup, when I’ve time to place it out of my physique. However it was too late. I used to be determined to go to sleep.”

Costa stated he isn’t making an attempt to make excuses for the loss, as he stated it was nonetheless his resolution to go on with the struggle and he did so considering he would win. He additionally stated he does not remorse speaking concerning the bottle of wine, regardless that some UFC athletes have mocked the revelation, together with Adesanya.

Regardless of the loss, Costa stays the UFC’s No. 3-ranked middleweight. He believes a win over Vettori, who additionally got here up quick in a title bid in opposition to Adesanya in June, will earn him one other championship bout.

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