UFC 278 comes to you live from the Vivant Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, August 20. The event will features 13 total bouts that will be getting started at 6 p.m. ET with the early preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass. The main card starts at 10 p.m. on ESPN+ PPV and will feature an eliminator 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 moved back for reasons unknown, although Rockhold speculates that Costa was having trouble making weight. Costa (13-2) won his first 13 fights in MMA before getting pummeled by middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 and then losing to Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night last October in a light heavyweight bout after rumours of Costa struggling to make weight.
Rockhold (16-5) is a former middleweight champion that seems more interested in settled fueds at this stage. He hasn’t fought in three years — a horrible knockout loss to current UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. For this fight Rockhold will meet Costa at middleweight.
We will update this article with the results and relevant video once the fight ends.
Moneyline (via DraftKings Sportsbook)
Method of victory
Costa to win by KO/TKO/DQ: -165
Costa to win by submission: +1600
Costa to win by decision: +400
Rockhold to win by KO/TKO/DQ: +1100
Rockhold to win by submission: +900
Rockhold to win by decision: +700
Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Costa
Almost a 10-8 round, Costa dominated with 2:48 of fight control, and led on significant strikes 27-16. More of this, and we might not need the scorecards.
Round 2: Paulo Costa wins by TKO at 3:36 of the second round
Costa simply gassed Rockhold, who looked completely on E as soon as the round started.
I know Luke Rockhold was thinking about leaving the Octagon when that door opened LMAOOOO pic.twitter.com/z55IzD4WXe— Follow @FTBeard7 (@FTBeard7) August 21, 2022
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