Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa will be a highly anticipated battle between two outstanding middleweights, both of whom have their eyes on the championship. Whittaker, a former interim champion, will face Costa, a former title challenger.
In terms of betting odds, Robert Whittaker is currently listed at -220, while Paulo Costa comes in at +180. These odds were taken from BetUS on Monday, February 12.
The fight is set to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim (Los Angeles), California on Saturday, February 17, 2023. The fight will be available for viewing through pay-per-view at 11:00 p.m. ET.
Whittaker is looking to bounce back after a loss to Dricus Du Plessis in his most recent fight. Despite a record of 24-7, most of his losses have come from high-level opponents such as Israel Adesanya, against whom he lost twice in title fights. In his previous fight, he suffered a TKO defeat in the second round to Du Plessis, who has since become the UFC Middleweight champion.
On the other hand, Paulo Costa will be fighting for the first time in almost two years. He was set to fight in previous bouts, but they were all canceled for various reasons. His last UFC fight was a win against Luke Rockhold, following two consecutive losses to Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. Only two losses mar his otherwise impressive professional record of 14 wins, with 11 coming by KO/TKO.
The prediction for the fight leans towards Whittaker, who is acknowledged as a well-rounded fighter. However, Costa’s striking abilities pose a significant threat, and Whittaker will need to adopt a cautious strategy to secure a win. The prediction ultimately lands in favor of Whittaker.