Marvin Vettori vs. Paulo Costa confirmed as 195-pound catchweight fight in UFC Vegas 41 headliner

Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesMarvin Vettori and Paulo Costa have now agreed to a catchweight fight ahead of their showdown in the UFC Vegas 41 main event. On Thursday, UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting the Saturday headliner will now take place at 195 pounds with Costa surrendering 20 percent of his purse to Vettori to re-book the fight. News of the change was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. The fight was initially contracted at middleweight, but Costa arrived on fight week well over the 186-pound limit required for a non-title bout. Costa said during UFC Vegas 41 media day that he weighed around 211 pounds and there was no way he could cut down to the middleweight limit. He then asked for concession from Vettori to make their fight a catchweight, or even bump up as high as 205 pounds in order to move forward. “I think this fight will happen,” Costa said on Wednesday. “It just will not happen if he don’t want to fight me. Maybe we can do a catchweight 195 [pounds] maybe but I think make this fight [205 pounds] could be more exciting to the fans. “More explosive fight cause I want to go bring the fight for him. Maybe he wants to bring the fight to me. I think with both guys heavy, this knockout can happen easily.” For his part, Vettori had no intention of dropping out of the fight, but he also needed to know the targeted weight because he was already shedding pounds in order to compete at middleweight. Late Wednesday night, Vettori’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting that they had agreed to a catchweight, but they were still awaiting word from Costa and his team on a final decision for the fight to move ahead as scheduled. Now, all sides have agreed to the 195-pound catchweight fight with Vettori receiving a portion of Costa’s purse as punishment. Vettori and Costa will hit the scale on Friday morning from Las Vegas with the Nevada Athletic Commission overseeing the proceedings. If Costa fails to make the 195-pound limit, he could face additional fines or penalties from the commission.

Marvin Vettori vs. Paulo Costa confirmed as 195-pound catchweight fight in UFC Vegas 41 headliner
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Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa have now agreed to a catchweight fight ahead of their showdown in the UFC Vegas 41 main event.

On Thursday, UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting the Saturday headliner will now take place at 195 pounds with Costa surrendering 20 percent of his purse to Vettori to re-book the fight.

News of the change was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The fight was initially contracted at middleweight, but Costa arrived on fight week well over the 186-pound limit required for a non-title bout. Costa said during UFC Vegas 41 media day that he weighed around 211 pounds and there was no way he could cut down to the middleweight limit.

He then asked for concession from Vettori to make their fight a catchweight, or even bump up as high as 205 pounds in order to move forward.

“I think this fight will happen,” Costa said on Wednesday. “It just will not happen if he don’t want to fight me. Maybe we can do a catchweight 195 [pounds] maybe but I think make this fight [205 pounds] could be more exciting to the fans.

“More explosive fight cause I want to go bring the fight for him. Maybe he wants to bring the fight to me. I think with both guys heavy, this knockout can happen easily.”

For his part, Vettori had no intention of dropping out of the fight, but he also needed to know the targeted weight because he was already shedding pounds in order to compete at middleweight.

Late Wednesday night, Vettori’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting that they had agreed to a catchweight, but they were still awaiting word from Costa and his team on a final decision for the fight to move ahead as scheduled.

Now, all sides have agreed to the 195-pound catchweight fight with Vettori receiving a portion of Costa’s purse as punishment.

Vettori and Costa will hit the scale on Friday morning from Las Vegas with the Nevada Athletic Commission overseeing the proceedings. If Costa fails to make the 195-pound limit, he could face additional fines or penalties from the commission.

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Cynthia Calvillo replaces Jessica Eye, faces Andrea Lee at UFC event on Nov. 13
Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages

Jessica Eye has been forced out of her upcoming fight on Nov. 13 after the former flyweight title contender was hospitalized just recently with an illness.

With Eye sidelined, Cynthia Calvillo has been tapped as a replacement and now she’ll face off with Andrea lee at the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in November.

Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Tuesday with verbal agreements in place from both athletes. MMA Junkie initially reported the switch.

Calvillo will look to bounce back after dropping back-to-back fights for the first time in her career following losses to Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian in her two most recent appearances in the octagon.

Prior to those fights, Calvillo made a successful debut at 125 pounds with a unanimous decision win over Eye, which immediately made her a contender in the division.

Now she’ll look to get back in the win column while facing off with Lee, who is coming off an impressive submission finish against Antonina Shevchenko in her last outing at UFC 262 in May.

That win helped Lee put a stop to a three-fight losing streak dating back to 2019.

Once Calvillo vs. Lee is finalized, the flyweight fight will join a lineup on Nov. 13 with the main event pitting former featherweight champion Max Holloway against Yair Rodriguez.

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