Sean Strickland Claims Paulo Costa Still Hasn’t Signed Up For UFC 302 Co-Main Event Fight

It’s been widely assumed a co-main event fight between Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa at UFC 302 in New Jersey on June 1st was official after Dana White announced it at a UFC 300 press conference last month, but apparently that’s not the case.

That’s the latest word according to Strickland, who claims Costa still hasn’t put pen to paper on the contract for what was expected to be a five-round fight.

“God damn, Costa. I’ve heard you have yet to sign that contract, and I’ll tell you what man, I didn’t f****** believe it,” Strickland said in an Instagram video.

“I did not think you’d be that coward. I thought you would man up, and sack up but instead, you’re acting like you’ve got f****** ovaries.

“I went on Google and did the right thing and gave you the benefit of the doubt and I noticed something man. After you fought (Israel Adesanya) you went downhill. I don’t know what happened in that little pea brain you have.”

“You’re being a weak man if you can’t sack up and make this s*** happen, we’ll get someone for you to talk to, don’t disappoint me, don’t disappoint the fans, let me make you bleed.”

Strickland is coming off a split-decision loss to Dricus du Plessis in January that saw him dethroned after a brief stint as middleweight champion, while Costa suffered a unanimous decision loss to Robert Whittaker in February.

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