Modestas Bukauskas released from UFC one month after severe knee injury

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCModestas Bukauskas is no longer a UFC fighter after the promotion released him from contract. Bukauskas’ release comes after three consecutive octagon losses, including his most recent one in which he suffered a grisly knee injury that forced him to undergo corrective surgery this past month. The Cage Warriors veteran told MyMMANews.com that he planned to return to training in four to five months after taking an oblique kick from Khalil Rountree in the fight at UFC Vegas 36. He also underwent a procedure to make it easier to breathe due to damage to his nose suffered in the fight. “Obviously it’s extremely painful because they had to do quite a lot of stuff in there,” he said of the knee surgery. “But the main thing is that it went extremely successful. Everything went to plan and I’m on the full road to recovery. I knew it was gonna be a quite painful operation because it’s the most I’ve had done, but hey, I’ll be back firing on all cylinders whenever I come back.” “I definitely feel I’m UFC caliber and I’m ready to go on and put on a show,” he added later. “I’ve learned my lessons and I’ve learned the things I need to correct.” Bukauskas was on a seven-fight winning streak when he arrived in the octagon at UFC Fight Island 6. Coached by his father, he took on Jimmy Crute and was stopped in the first round. His second outing, against Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 260, ended in a split decision loss. But his appearance against Rountree ended in disaster. Bukauskas now reenters the open market with a 11-5 pro record. He won the Cage Warriors light heavyweight title in 2019 and defended it once before signing with the UFC.

Modestas Bukauskas released from UFC one month after severe knee injury
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Modestas Bukauskas is no longer a UFC fighter after the promotion released him from contract.

Bukauskas’ release comes after three consecutive octagon losses, including his most recent one in which he suffered a grisly knee injury that forced him to undergo corrective surgery this past month. The Cage Warriors veteran told MyMMANews.com that he planned to return to training in four to five months after taking an oblique kick from Khalil Rountree in the fight at UFC Vegas 36. He also underwent a procedure to make it easier to breathe due to damage to his nose suffered in the fight.

“Obviously it’s extremely painful because they had to do quite a lot of stuff in there,” he said of the knee surgery. “But the main thing is that it went extremely successful. Everything went to plan and I’m on the full road to recovery. I knew it was gonna be a quite painful operation because it’s the most I’ve had done, but hey, I’ll be back firing on all cylinders whenever I come back.”

“I definitely feel I’m UFC caliber and I’m ready to go on and put on a show,” he added later. “I’ve learned my lessons and I’ve learned the things I need to correct.”

Bukauskas was on a seven-fight winning streak when he arrived in the octagon at UFC Fight Island 6. Coached by his father, he took on Jimmy Crute and was stopped in the first round. His second outing, against Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 260, ended in a split decision loss. But his appearance against Rountree ended in disaster.

Bukauskas now reenters the open market with a 11-5 pro record. He won the Cage Warriors light heavyweight title in 2019 and defended it once before signing with the UFC.

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Paulo Costa reveals he can’t make middleweight for main event against Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41

Esther Lin, MMA FightingPaulo Costa won’t be competing at middleweight at UFC Vegas 41. On Wednesday, the former UFC title challenger revealed that he won’t be able to cut down to the 186-pound limit for his main event fight scheduled against Marvin Vettori. “My weight right now is 96kilos (211 pounds),” Costa said during the UFC Vegas 41 media day. “What happened yesterday, [my manager] Wallid [Ismail] talked with some people with him, Ali [Abdelaziz], his manager I think, and it’s not on the schedule to make 185 [pounds] anymore. It’s another weight. I’m not exactly [sure] which weight yet.” Out of action for the past 13 months since losing to reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Costa was making his return against another top ranked fighter in the division with hopes that he could climb right back in to title contention. Now Costa could be in jeopardy of not competing at all unless a deal can be struck with Vettori and his team in order to book the fight at a catchweight or possibly even as a light heavyweight bout on Saturday. “I think this fight will happen,” Costa said. “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.” Of course, Vettori isn’t the one to blame for the fight happening or not, especially considering both athletes were contracted to compete in the middleweight division. Costa is just hopeful his team can come to terms with Vettori and the UFC on a new weight for the fight, which is now just three days away. “Make a little difference for me now, four or five pounds, six pounds. I just don’t care,” Costa said. “I’m more concentrated on my weight than on his weight. I don’t care if he makes 225 pounds or more. We need to find a catchweight to make. I don’t know exactly yet.” Negotiations to keep the fight on the card are still ongoing but Costa’s manager Wallid Ismail told The MMA Hour that he’s confident they’ll eventually come to terms with Vettori to make the fight happen. “We’re going to finalize the deal, how it’s going to work, the catchweight, but let me arrive there,” Ismail said on Wednesday. “But the most important now is [Costa] needs to give his best to show the world what he’s about. We cannot talk much, just the time of the fight. It’s going to be a catchweight, this is for sure.” Costa added that he will explain “after the fight” why he was so far over the middleweight limit at a later date but for now he’s just focused on striking a deal so he can still step in to the octagon on Saturday and do battle with Vettori in the main event.

Paulo Costa reveals he can’t make middleweight for main event against Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Paulo Costa won’t be competing at middleweight at UFC Vegas 41.

On Wednesday, the former UFC title challenger revealed that he won’t be able to cut down to the 186-pound limit for his main event fight scheduled against Marvin Vettori.

“My weight right now is 96kilos (211 pounds),” Costa said during the UFC Vegas 41 media day. “What happened yesterday, [my manager] Wallid [Ismail] talked with some people with him, Ali [Abdelaziz], his manager I think, and it’s not on the schedule to make 185 [pounds] anymore. It’s another weight. I’m not exactly [sure] which weight yet.”

Out of action for the past 13 months since losing to reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Costa was making his return against another top ranked fighter in the division with hopes that he could climb right back in to title contention.

Now Costa could be in jeopardy of not competing at all unless a deal can be struck with Vettori and his team in order to book the fight at a catchweight or possibly even as a light heavyweight bout on Saturday.

“I think this fight will happen,” Costa said. “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.”

Of course, Vettori isn’t the one to blame for the fight happening or not, especially considering both athletes were contracted to compete in the middleweight division.

Costa is just hopeful his team can come to terms with Vettori and the UFC on a new weight for the fight, which is now just three days away.

“Make a little difference for me now, four or five pounds, six pounds. I just don’t care,” Costa said. “I’m more concentrated on my weight than on his weight. I don’t care if he makes 225 pounds or more. We need to find a catchweight to make. I don’t know exactly yet.”

Negotiations to keep the fight on the card are still ongoing but Costa’s manager Wallid Ismail told The MMA Hour that he’s confident they’ll eventually come to terms with Vettori to make the fight happen.

“We’re going to finalize the deal, how it’s going to work, the catchweight, but let me arrive there,” Ismail said on Wednesday. “But the most important now is [Costa] needs to give his best to show the world what he’s about. We cannot talk much, just the time of the fight. It’s going to be a catchweight, this is for sure.”

Costa added that he will explain “after the fight” why he was so far over the middleweight limit at a later date but for now he’s just focused on striking a deal so he can still step in to the octagon on Saturday and do battle with Vettori in the main event.

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