- Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa almost got involved in a physical altercation at UFC Performance Institute
- Jake Shields was working out with “Borrachinha” at the time and detailed what happened
Top UFC contenders Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa made headlines after a recent near-scuffle incident at the UFC Performance Institute. Among those who witnessed what happened was Costa’s training partner at the time and ex-UFC fighter Jake Shields.
Jake was ready to back Paulo
In the video circulating online, Chimaev and Costa could be seen having a verbal exchange. As things heated up, “Borz” started walking towards the entrance of the cage along with several guys where Costa and Shields were working out. However, Shields said that it didn’t end up with a brawl but had it did, he would be there back “Borrachinha.”
“It didn’t get to a scuffle but it was close to it,” Shields told The Schmo. “I was working out with Paulo, we were going over some technique just sitting there chilling and out of nowhere Khamzat runs over and starts talking s**t to Paulo. He has like ten dudes with him and starts speaking, let’s fight now. So Paulo hops up runs at him… I don’t know him [Costa] that well but I’m like, I’m not letting you get jumped, I got your back.”
Khamzat was just showing off
Shields also emphasized that Chimaev was just running his mouth and he knew it was just a “marketing” hoopla.
“Khamzat keeps acting like, let’s fight now, let’s fight now,” he pointed out. “But as he is doing that he is walking away so I’m like you saying you want to fight but you are walking away. So that’s like ironic… He ran out of nowhere and started talking c**p, but he didn’t run in the cage. If he actually wanted to fight, he would’ve jumped in the cage. Instead, he wanted to talk c**p from the outside. So I think it was more of like marketing, so he can be like I’m crazy, I’ll fight anyone. Without actually fighting anyone.”
Costa edged and retired former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 278, while Chimaev is set to face Nate Diaz in welterweight showdown at UFC 279 this weekend. Needless to say, both are top fighters in their respective divisions and such altercations could result to an unwanted injury. However, we can’t deny that it’s an effective marketing strategy.
— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) September 5, 2022