Robert Whittaker returns with decision against Paulo Costa at UFC 298

Robert Whittaker defeats Paulo Costa in co-main event at UFC 298: Volkanovski vs Topuria

New Zealand-Australian former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker came out victorious against Paulo Costa of Brazil at UFC 298: Volkanovski vs Topuria. The pair squared off in the co-main event live on pay-per-view from Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday, February 17.

No. 3-ranked contender Whittaker defeated No. 6 Costa by unanimous decision. After three rounds of fast paced action, the scores were 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

“This is the exact fight I prepared for,” Whittaker said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. “This was the fight that I wanted. I told you, I would take the fight to him. I looked for his scull the whole 15 minutes, but he is a tough dude.”

When asked about the head kick he had missed at the end of the first round, Whittaker said: “Nothing but a flesh wound. It wasn’t fun, but it was his best shot all night for sure.”

With the victory, Robert Whittaker improved to 25-7 and returned to winning ways. In his previous outing last July at UFC 290, the Sydney-based 33-year-old was stopped by Dricus du Plessis in the second round.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to come here and perform, especially after my last fight, and I did exactly that. I’m looking to make amends with Dricus, and I’m not going anywhere, baby, I’m back.”

32-year-old Paulo Costa of Belo Horizonte, Brazil dropped to 14-3.

Get UFC 298: Volkanovski vs Topuria full card results.

Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a former Muay Thai fighter, sports manager and editor at FIGHTMAG.

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