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Paulo Henrique Costa (born April 21, 1991), also known as Paulo Borrachinha, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[2] As of August 19, 2019, he is #2 in the UFC middleweight rankings.[3]

Paulo Costa
Paulo Borrachinha em 2017
Born (1991-04-21) April 21, 1991 (age 28)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Other namesBorrachinha
The Eraser
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
StyleKickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofBelo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
TeamTeam Nogueira Champion Team
Clube Atlético Mineiro
TrainerEric Albarracin
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout11
By submission1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Costa, the son of odd-jobber Carlos Roberto and Maria Augusta, was born in 1991.[4] He has an older brother, Carlos Costa who is a former mixed martial artist and one of Paulo's coaches.[4] Paulo grew up in Contagem playing soccer and eventually picking up Muay Thai at the age of nine in order to learn discipline and avoid street fights he was constantly getting into.[4] As a teenager, Paulo joined a jiu-jitsu gym with his brother only to quit the sport after their father died of throat cancer when Paulo was 17.[4] A couple of years later, Costa returned to jiu-jitsu and started competing under the tutelage of his brother who was already a purple belt at the time.[4]

In order to help his mother with bills, Costa worked in real estate and as an IT teacher.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Costa made his professional MMA debut in his native country of Brazil in February 2012. Eventually his brother convinced their mother to support Paulo monetarily for a year in order to pursue his professional martial arts career.[4] Over the next five years, he amassed a record of 8–0 with 7 knockouts and 1 submission.[5]

The Ultimate Fighter: BrazilEdit

Costa was chosen to be a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3. In the opening elimination round, he defeated José Roberto via submission (guillotine choke) in the second round. Costa was the second middleweight fighter chosen by coach Wanderlei Silva. His next fight was against Márcio Alexandre Jr. and Costa lost via split decision after three rounds.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Costa made his promotional debut on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106 against Garreth McLellan.[6] He won the fight via TKO in the first round, earning his first Performance of the Night award, as well as his first win with the promotion.[7]

Costa faced Oluwale Bamgbose on June 3, 2017 at UFC 212.[8] He won the via fight TKO in the second round.[9]

After the fight with Bamgbose, UFC offered a new contract but the parties wouldn't come to an agreement with the financial terms. UFC then proposed a fight with former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks with a promise to renegotiate after the bout.[10]

Costa faced Hendricks on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217.[11] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[12] After the bout Costa signed a new, multi-fight contract.[10]

Costa was expected to face Uriah Hall on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[13] However, Costa pulled out of the fight in mid-March with an arm injury.[14] In turn, promotion officials elected to pull Hall from that event entirely and reschedule the pairing for July 7, 2018 at UFC 226.[15] Costa won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[16] The win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[17]

Costa was scheduled to face Yoel Romero on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[18] However, Romero indicated in mid-August that while he had been cleared to fight, his doctors had recommended that he wait another four to five months (early 2019) to allow facial injuries incurred during his most recent fight to fully heal.[19] The bout was rescheduled again and was expected to take place on April 27, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 3.[20] While not officially announced by the promotion, Costa was initially expected to replace Romero who suffered from pneumonia against Ronaldo Souza.[21] However, on April 4, 2019 Costa declined the match up indicating not enough time in preparation for the bout.[22]

Costa faced Yoel Romero on August 17, 2019 at UFC 241.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[25]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


Use of unapproved intravenous infusionsEdit

Costa was suspended for six months by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and Comissão Atlética Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) for violation of receiving prohibited intravenous infusions (IV) more than 100 mL in 12 hours after the weigh-ins in June 2017 at UFC 212 against Oluwale Bamgbose and November 2017 at UFC 217 against Johny Hendricks. Costa was fined a third of his purse of the fights, which were reverted to his opponents. The suspension was retroactive to August 10, 2018 and Costa was eligible to fight again in February 2019.[30][31]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 13 wins 0 losses
By knockout 11 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–0 Yoel Romero Decision (unanimous) UFC 241 August 17, 2019 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–0 Uriah Hall TKO (punches) UFC 226 July 7, 2018 2 2:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 11–0 Johny Hendricks TKO (punches) UFC 217 November 4, 2017 2 1:23 New York City, New York, United States
Win 10–0 Oluwale Bamgbose TKO (punches) UFC 212 June 3, 2017 2 1:06 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 9–0 Garreth McLellan TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum March 11, 2017 1 1:17 Fortaleza, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 8–0 Adriano Balby de Araujo KO (punch) Jungle Fight 90 September 3, 2016 1 3:25 São Paulo, Brazil Defended Jungle Fight Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Eduardo Ramón Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 87 May 21, 2016 1 2:40 São Paulo, Brazil Won the vacant Jungle Fight Middleweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Bruno Assis TKO (punches) Jungle Fight 84 December 5, 2015 1 1:17 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 5–0 Wagner Silva Gomes TKO (punches) FTF 11 April 24, 2015 1 4:37 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Won the vacant Face to Face Middleweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Gérson da Conceição TKO (doctor stoppage) FTF 9 December 19, 2014 1 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–0 Fábio Moreira TKO (punches) BH Fight: MMA Grand Prix November 1, 2013 1 1:26 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Win 2–0 Ademilson Borges TKO (punches) Upper Fight: MMA Championship 2 June 15, 2013 1 0:32 Teófilo Otoni, Brazil
Win 1–0 Téo Esteves TKO (punches) MMA Total Combat: Santa Luzia February 5, 2012 1 2:08 Santa Luzia, Brazil


Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Márcio Alexandre Jr. Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 April 20, 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Quarterfinal Round.
Win 1–0 José Roberto Submission (guillotine choke) March 9, 2014 (airdate) 2 N/A The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Elimination Round.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kaue Macedo (September 2, 2016). "Promessa brasileira no peso médio, Paulo Borrachinha lidera card do Jungle Fight 90" (in Portuguese). Nocaute na Rede.
  2. ^ "Paulo Borrachinha". UFC. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  3. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Guilherme Cruz (August 17, 2019). "'Troublemaker': Paulo Costa's endless quest for greatness".
  5. ^ "Paulo Henrique". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  6. ^ Staff (2017-01-20). "Garreth McLellan quickly replaces Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 106". Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  7. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-03-11). "UFC Fight Night 106 results: Paulo Borrachinha thrashes Garreth McLellan for 77-second debut TKO". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  8. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-03-29). "Paulo 'Borrachinha,' Oluwale Bamgbose to clash at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  9. ^ Dave Doyle (2017-06-03). "UFC 212 results: Paulo Borrachinha blasts Oluwale Bamgbose". Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  10. ^ a b Guilherme Cruz (August 31, 2018). "Paulo Costa gambled with the UFC on contract negotiation — and won".
  11. ^ Staff (2017-08-09). "Former champion Johny Hendricks set to meet Brazil's Paulo Borrachinha at UFC 217". Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  12. ^ "UFC 217 results: Paulo Costa stops Johny Hendricks with strikes". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  13. ^ Keith Shillan (2018-02-07). "Uriah Hall vs Paulo Borrachinha in the works for UFC in Atlantic City". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  14. ^ Staff (2018-03-13). "Biceps injury knocks Paulo Costa out of fight with Uriah Hall at UFC-Atlantic City". Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  15. ^ Michael Fiedel (2018-04-18). "According to Paulo Costa his fight with Uriah Hall rebooked for UFC 226". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  16. ^ "UFC 226 results: Paulo Costa decimates Uriah Hall for TKO victory". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-08. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  17. ^ Staff (2018-07-07). "TUF 27 Finale bonuses: 'Violent Bob Ross' Luis Pena gets a happy accident worth $50k". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  18. ^ Mark La Monica (2018-07-24). "Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero set for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  19. ^ Ariel Helwani (2018-08-20). "Yoel Romero: Doctor says I need 4-5 months to heal before next fight". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  20. ^ Adam Guillen Jr. (2019-01-22). "Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa targeted as UFC on ESPN 3 headliner on April 27 in Miami". Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  21. ^ Marcelo Russio (2019-04-04). "Romero gets sick and UFC plans Paulo Borrachinha vs. Ronaldo Jacaré in Fort Lauderdale" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  22. ^ Staff (2019-04-05). "Financial set-up is pending for Jacaré to follow in the card; Hermansson can be a rivale" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  23. ^ Jesse Holland (2019-05-07). "Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa rebooked for UFC 241 in Anaheim". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  24. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-08-17). "UFC 241 Results: Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa Slug It Out in Barn-Burner". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  25. ^ Haynes, Stephie (2019-08-18). "UFC 241 post-fight bonuses: Romero-Costa war nabs FOTN honors". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  26. ^ "UFC Fight Night 106 bonuses: With no 'Fight of Night,' who took home the 4 performance honors?". MMAjunkie. 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  27. ^ "UFC 226 bonuses: Daniel Cormier, not surprisingly, among $50,000 winners in Vegas". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-08. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  28. ^ Haynes, Stephie (2019-08-18). "UFC 241 post-fight bonuses: Romero-Costa war nabs FOTN honors". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  29. ^ "MMA Junkie's 'Fight of the Month' for August: Middleweights meet expectations". September 2, 2019.
  30. ^ Baldwin, Nick (2019-04-27). "UFC's Paulo Costa used 'substantial assistance' clause to get reduced USADA suspension". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  31. ^ "Paulo Costa accepts six-month USADA suspension, receives fines for IV use". MMA Junkie. 2019-04-26. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  32. ^ "Paulo Henrique". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-08-17.

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