UFC Fight Night 196: Costa vs Vettori will take place Saturday, October 23 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. All bouts will stream on ESPN+, with the prelims beginning at a special start time of 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET and the main card at 1 p.m. PT/ 4 p.m. ET.
The UFC finalized new terms of the bout agreement between Costa and Vettori now taking place at a catchweight of 195 pounds. Costa will now forfeit 20% of his purse to Vettori. After Costa stated on Wednesday that he weighed approximately 211lbs, that’s when the promotion gave the 10lb allowance to Costa.
Knockout artist Costa (13-1) fighting out of Contagem, Minas Gerais, Brazil steps back into the Octagon for the first time since challenging for the middleweight title in 2020. A ferocious finisher who has earned stoppages in 12 of his 13 wins, Costa rose to the top of the division with victories over Yoel Romero, Uriah Hall, and Johny Hendricks. He now looks to make a statement and defend his spot in the rankings by becoming the first person to stop Vettori.
Vettori (17-5-1) fighting out of Mezzocorona, Italy intends to bounce back from his UFC championship opportunity earlier this year with a vintage performance. During his run to title contention, Vettori proved himself to be one of the toughest matchups in the division with wins over Jack Hermansson, Kevin Holland, and Karl Roberson. He now aims to secure the biggest victory of his career by dominating Costa to secure another shot at UFC gold.
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