Video: Paulo Costa, Marvin Vettori verbally agree to 195-pound catchweight fight at UFC Vegas 41

UFC middleweights Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori on Wednesday verbally agreed to a catchweight fight at 195 pounds in UFC Vegas 41’s headliner after Costa said he was 211 pounds and couldn’t make weight. Via Zoom chat, Costa and Vettori appeared together for an interview on ESPN.com and hammered out the basic term of the move up from middleweight, the division where the bout was scheduled to take place before Costa threw a wrench in plans. The Brazilian said it was the UFC that asked for the catchweight when he showed up on fight week heavier than usual. He challenged Vettori to “be a man” and take the fight without requiring a purse deduction, as is customary for fighters who miss weight. “Don’t want me to be fined,” Costa said. “[By you saying], “Oh, if you don’t pay 30 percent, I will not fight.’ Be a man. Be a man of your words and show up to fight on Saturday.” A befuddled Vettori said he would show up on Saturday night at UFC APEX and do his job. “You’re supposed to make weight! Every fighter here is supposed to make weight,” the Italian one-time UFC title challenger said. “We have a moment, it’s called weigh-in – maybe you don’t know about it – where you’re supposed to step on the scale and be some kind of weight. We have a weight division we fight in. You act like you don’t know this part.” “And which weight were you supposed to make on Friday? 185? I don’t care if you weigh 185, 195, 205...your choice,” Costa replied. “It’s up to you.” Costa appeared unwilling to concede his role in the situation despite the fight’s scheduled weight class. Vettori said he spent two months slimming down in preparation to make weight and indicated his opponent was unprofessional for coming in heavy. That said, Vettori didn’t back away from the fight, saying he didn’t care and would fight a heavier Costa. But at one point, he wondered aloud whether his opponent was of sound mind. “I feel like this guy’s drunk, bro,” Vettori said with a laugh. “You been drinking a little bit?” “Not yet,” said Costa, who infamously blamed his UFC 263 title loss to champ Israel Adesanya on drinking a bottle of wine the night prior to the fight. “Maybe after the fight, I invite you.” Reached for comment, MMA Fighting confirmed the fight will take place at a catchweight, though the specifics have not yet been ironed out. “We are working on it,” a UFC official said via test. “The fight is on and it will be a catchweight bout.” Check out the full interview below.

Video: Paulo Costa, Marvin Vettori verbally agree to 195-pound catchweight fight at UFC Vegas 41

UFC middleweights Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori on Wednesday verbally agreed to a catchweight fight at 195 pounds in UFC Vegas 41’s headliner after Costa said he was 211 pounds and couldn’t make weight.

Via Zoom chat, Costa and Vettori appeared together for an interview on ESPN.com and hammered out the basic term of the move up from middleweight, the division where the bout was scheduled to take place before Costa threw a wrench in plans.

The Brazilian said it was the UFC that asked for the catchweight when he showed up on fight week heavier than usual. He challenged Vettori to “be a man” and take the fight without requiring a purse deduction, as is customary for fighters who miss weight.

“Don’t want me to be fined,” Costa said. “[By you saying], “Oh, if you don’t pay 30 percent, I will not fight.’ Be a man. Be a man of your words and show up to fight on Saturday.”

A befuddled Vettori said he would show up on Saturday night at UFC APEX and do his job.

“You’re supposed to make weight! Every fighter here is supposed to make weight,” the Italian one-time UFC title challenger said. “We have a moment, it’s called weigh-in – maybe you don’t know about it – where you’re supposed to step on the scale and be some kind of weight. We have a weight division we fight in. You act like you don’t know this part.”

“And which weight were you supposed to make on Friday? 185? I don’t care if you weigh 185, 195, 205...your choice,” Costa replied. “It’s up to you.”

Costa appeared unwilling to concede his role in the situation despite the fight’s scheduled weight class. Vettori said he spent two months slimming down in preparation to make weight and indicated his opponent was unprofessional for coming in heavy.

That said, Vettori didn’t back away from the fight, saying he didn’t care and would fight a heavier Costa. But at one point, he wondered aloud whether his opponent was of sound mind.

“I feel like this guy’s drunk, bro,” Vettori said with a laugh. “You been drinking a little bit?”

“Not yet,” said Costa, who infamously blamed his UFC 263 title loss to champ Israel Adesanya on drinking a bottle of wine the night prior to the fight. “Maybe after the fight, I invite you.”

Reached for comment, MMA Fighting confirmed the fight will take place at a catchweight, though the specifics have not yet been ironed out.

“We are working on it,” a UFC official said via test. “The fight is on and it will be a catchweight bout.”

Check out the full interview below.

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Report: Italian DJ files charges against Conor McGregor following alleged assault: ‘He is dangerous, he needs to be stopped’

Esther Lin, MMA FightingItalian DJ and musician Francesco Facchinetti has officially filed charges against former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor over an alleged assault that took place in Rome this past weekend. According to CNN, the Carabinieri Police in Mariano Comasco confirmed that Facchinetti and his attorney pressed charges on Tuesday. The alleged altercation took place at a luxury hotel in Rome after Facchinetti claims that he was part of a group that McGregor invited to a party that night. McGregor reportedly lashed out when the group wanted to leave the party and that’s when Facchinetti claims that he was assaulted with punches to the nose and mouth. Facchinetti claims he suffered a concussion as a result of the alleged assault and that’s why he ultimately decided to press charges after talking to his wife and friends about the incident. “He is dangerous,” Facchinetti told CNN. “He needs to be stopped.” Multiple messages to McGregor’s team for comment have not been returned at this time. Facchinetti added that he hopes security footage from the St. Regis Rome hotel where the alleged incident took place will back up his claims about the assault. Representatives from the St. Regis Rome told CNN that the hotel would fully comply with the police investigation and all security camera footage has been shared with authorities. UFC president Dana White said on Tuesday that he was aware of the allegations against McGregor but hadn’t heard full details about the incident so he couldn’t offer a comment on the situation. “I honestly don’t even know enough about it to comment on it,” White said. “Obviously I’ve seen what you guys — you guys have seen more than me, actually, to be honest with you. “I haven’t talked to Conor, so I don’t know what the truth is. I don’t know exactly what happened. So to comment on it, I really can’t.” This is just the latest incident involving McGregor’s behavior outside the cage, which included an altercation at the MTV Video Music Awards in September where he nearly got into a fight with musician Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet. McGregor has previously faced assault charges in New York after threw a moving dolly at a bus at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn while trying to go after Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team. He was also charged with assault over another incident in his native Ireland where McGregor punched a bar patron and he later pled guilty, which led to a fine being issued by the court.

Report: Italian DJ files charges against Conor McGregor following alleged assault: ‘He is dangerous, he needs to be stopped’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Italian DJ and musician Francesco Facchinetti has officially filed charges against former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor over an alleged assault that took place in Rome this past weekend.

According to CNN, the Carabinieri Police in Mariano Comasco confirmed that Facchinetti and his attorney pressed charges on Tuesday.

The alleged altercation took place at a luxury hotel in Rome after Facchinetti claims that he was part of a group that McGregor invited to a party that night.

McGregor reportedly lashed out when the group wanted to leave the party and that’s when Facchinetti claims that he was assaulted with punches to the nose and mouth.

Facchinetti claims he suffered a concussion as a result of the alleged assault and that’s why he ultimately decided to press charges after talking to his wife and friends about the incident.

“He is dangerous,” Facchinetti told CNN. “He needs to be stopped.”

Multiple messages to McGregor’s team for comment have not been returned at this time.

Facchinetti added that he hopes security footage from the St. Regis Rome hotel where the alleged incident took place will back up his claims about the assault.

Representatives from the St. Regis Rome told CNN that the hotel would fully comply with the police investigation and all security camera footage has been shared with authorities.

UFC president Dana White said on Tuesday that he was aware of the allegations against McGregor but hadn’t heard full details about the incident so he couldn’t offer a comment on the situation.

“I honestly don’t even know enough about it to comment on it,” White said. “Obviously I’ve seen what you guys — you guys have seen more than me, actually, to be honest with you.

“I haven’t talked to Conor, so I don’t know what the truth is. I don’t know exactly what happened. So to comment on it, I really can’t.”

This is just the latest incident involving McGregor’s behavior outside the cage, which included an altercation at the MTV Video Music Awards in September where he nearly got into a fight with musician Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet.

McGregor has previously faced assault charges in New York after threw a moving dolly at a bus at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn while trying to go after Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team. He was also charged with assault over another incident in his native Ireland where McGregor punched a bar patron and he later pled guilty, which led to a fine being issued by the court.

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