Paulo Costa blasts Luke Rockhold for ‘cheating’

Paulo Costa earned a clear decision win over Luke Rockhold on Saturday night but he believes he should have earned a stoppage due to a body shot that doubled Rockhold and was deemed a low blow.

Costa shared screenshots of the moment and blasted the officials involved.

“All jokes besides. I need to point this very important . I’m enough of this s***!!!!” Costa wrote. “[UFC] and mma shows needs to use VAR (video assistant referee) to stop this cheating. I knocked him on body shot! It’s so clearly! Same thing against Romero! This need to change asap.”

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Another tweet shared several more angles.

“Exactly the same. The referee in addition non finish the fight by ko/TKO gives until 5 min to cheater’s coming back to still fight after bodyshots knocked out,” he tweeted.

At the time the shot was deemed a foul and Rockhold was given time to recover.

Costa would go on to defeat Rockhold on the scorecards. Rockhold retired following the bout.