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Dana White Reacts To Khamzat Chimaev And Paulo Cost Dust-Up: “We’re In The Fight Business. This Stuff Happens”

UFC President Dana White shared his thoughts on the recent dust-up involving Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa at the UFC Performance Institute.

UFC President Dana White shared his thoughts on the recent dust-up involving Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa at the UFC Performance Institute.

Dana White via TheMacLife YouTube

Chimaev confronted Costa, who was training with Nate Diaz’s jiu-jitsu coach Jake Shields and repeatedly asked Costa, “You want to f*** me up? Did you say you wanna f*** me up, yeah? Did you say you wanna f*** me up?”

Costa replied, “Do you want to fight me?”

The two went back and forth with Chimaev eventually taunting Costa over his loss to Israel Adesanya back in 2020 shouting at him through the fence, ““You like when someone f*** you in the a**, yeah? Israel f***ed you, brother. Israel f***ed you in the a**. You liked that? Yeah, I know you liked that you piece of s***.”

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Costa shared his version of events to his own YouTube channel telling his viewers that Chimaev was “scared.” “The guy stood there and froze,” Costa added. “He froze, man.”

“I actually was not surprised,” Costa continued. “As I said before cupcake Chechen. Gourmet Chechen. He’s a bully with small guys and shine guys, not big guys like me.”

White was asked about the altercation and if he intervened in any fashion. He responded, “No. Guys, you know I don’t do this. We’re in the fight business. This stuff happens.”

“And it’s up to us to make sure that they don’t fight at the PI,” he continued. “That’s our job.”

White then stated, “Fighters will be fighters. And, you know, those things are going to happen and we’ll deal with it.”

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Costa recently defeated Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision at UFC 278. He’s currently the #6 contender in the Middleweight division behind Robert Whittaker, Jared Cannonier, Marvin Vettori, Alex Pereira, and Derek Brunson. Israel Adensanya is the current champion.

Chimaev is currently the #3 contender in the Welterweight division behind Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. Leon Edwards is the current champion after knocking out Usman at UFC 278.

Khamzat Chimaev via UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship YouTube

Chimaev takes on Nate Diaz at UFC 279 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Chimaev is heavily favored with oddsmakers placing the odds at -1050. Diaz is at +700. The card also features a Welterweight bout between Li Jingliang and Tony Ferguson as well as a Catchweight bout between Kevin Holland and Daniel Rodriguez.

The other two fights on the main card include a women’s Bantamweight fight Irena Aldana and Macy Chiasson and a Light Heavyweight fight between Johnny Walker and Ion Cutelaba.

Khamzat Chimaev via UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship YouTube

What do you make of White’s comments about the dust up? Would you want to see a fight between Chimaev and Costa?

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