Paulo Costa could be back in the Octagon this summer…
The UFC is close to finalizing a middleweight main event between the 30-year-old Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and Jared Cannonier for a UFC Fight Night in August, according to UFC president Dana White.
Contracts haven’t been signed yet, but the 185-pound contest is expected to become official shortly.
The fight will headline UFC Fight Night on August 21 at a location to be determined, according to White.
Costa (13-1) has not fought since he came up short in a title bid against Israel Adesanya in September. The 30-year-old from Brazil was scheduled to face Robert Whittaker last month but was forced to withdraw because of medical issues.
Cannonier (13-5) is coming off a loss to Whittaker in a three-round non-title fight in October. The loss snapped a three-fight winning streak for Cannonier.
The bout figures to have a major impact on the middleweight division.
Adesanya, the current champion, is scheduled to defend his title against Marvin Vettori in June.