UFC 278 awaits you live from Vivant Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, August 20. The event will feature 13 total fights starting at 6 p.m. ET with the first preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass. The main card begins at 10 p.m. on ESPN+ PPV and will feature a knockout bout between No. 6-ranked middleweight Paulo Costa and former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.
This fight was originally scheduled for UFC 277 but had to be pushed back for unknown reasons, although Rockhold assumes Costa was struggling to gain weight. Costa (13-2) won his first 13 MMA fights before getting beaten by middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 and then losing to Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night last October in a light heavyweight fight after rumors that Costa is struggling to make weight.
Rockhold (16-5) is a former middleweight champion who seems more interested in established fueds at this point. He hasn’t fought in three years – a gruesome knockout loss to current UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. For this fight, Rockhold will meet Costa at middleweight.
We’ll update this article with the results and relevant video once the fight is over.
Moneyline (via DraftKings Sportsbook)
method of victory
Costa win by KO/TKO/DQ: -165
Cost to win per submission: +1600
Costa winner by decision: +400
Rockhold win by KO/TKO/DQ: +1100
Rockhold will win per submission: +900
Rockhold winner by decision: +700
Round-by-round results of Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold
Round 1: 10-9 Costa
Close to a 10-8 round, Costa dominated with 2:48 of fight control and led the big shots 27-16. More of that, and we may not need the dashboards.
Round 2: Paulo Costa wins by TKO at 3:36 of round two
Costa simply gassed Rockhold, who looked completely E from the start of the round.
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