By: David Smith

Luke Rockhold Cheated at UFC 278- Paulo Costa

Image Credit: UFC

Brush Stroke

In one of the best fights of the year, Paulo Costa went to war with the former UFC middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold in the co-main event of UFC 278.

Image Courtesy: UFC

Paulo Costa won the fight by unanimous decision. But, Luke Rockhold impressed the fans with his grit. The former champ gassed out after an action-packed round 1.

However, Rockhold managed to survive rounds 2 and 3, which was not expected going into the fight. Many fans believed Costa would finish Rockhold early in the fight.

Following the fight, Paulo Costa accused Luke Rockhold of cheating in the fight. Costa claimed that Rockhold faked a groin shot and earned valuable time to recover after the referee intervened.

Costa is confident that he knocked Rockhold out with a legal body shot. And the fight should have stopped there instead of the referee giving the benefits of doubts to Rockhold and allowing him to recover.

"I knocked him out with that body shot , he felt and fell, It’s clear ! Same thing against Romero! This need to change asap."- Paulo Costa said on Instagram after the fight with Rockhold

Paulo Costa also urged UFC and all MMA promotions to use VAR(video assistant referee) to stop fighters from cheating during the fight.

Image Courtesy: UFC

Brush Stroke

Luke Rockhold announced his retirement after the loss at UFC 278. On the other hand, Paulo Costa secured his first win after a 2 fight-losing streak in UFC.

Image Courtesy: UFC

More Stories.


Luke Rockhold announces retirement from MMA after a gruelling 3 round war against Paulo Costa in the co-main event of UFC 278