A planned UFC Fight Night 128 bout between undefeated middleweight Paulo Costa and former The Ultimate Fighter finalist Uriah Hall has been derailed due to injury.
Costa (11-0) was looking to take his next step up the middleweight ladder, facing Hall in a featured bout on April 21 in Atlantic City, N.J., but an injury has forced him out of the fight. Costa confirmed the news via Instagram, following an initial report by Brazilian news outlet Combate.
“This is not good news for my fans… I had a serious injury, partial breaking of biceps ligament,” wrote Costa, who also goes by the name Borrachinha. “I know that you are excited to see me again and I am too, but I need some more time to return to show all my potential to you in the cage, soon you will see me again. Probably in June. God bless. God bless.”
Costa is one of the more exciting UFC middleweight prospects in recent memory. He has fought just three times in the Octagon, but has won all three bouts by way of knockout. His most recent victory was a second-round finish of former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.
Hall (13-8) once held the position that Costa currently maintains. A former Ring of Combat middleweight champion, Hall emerged from the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter with high praise as the next big thing in the middleweight division. Though he has spent the past five years in the Octagon, Hall has struggled to regain the bruising form that made him a TUF 17 favorite.
Hall most recently knocked out Krzysztof Jotko in September, but needs to start building some momentum, as that victory only served to stanch the bleeding of a three-fight skid. Unfortunately, building off of the Jotko victory has proven difficult, as Hall had a bout with Vitor Belfort scheduled for UFC Fight Night 124 in January, but it was canceled after Hall was removed from the fight after failing to make it to the weigh-in.
It is not yet known if UFC officials will keep Hall on the UFC Fight Night 128 card with a new opponent. A five-round bout between Top 10 ranked lightweights Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee is scheduled to headline the fight card in Atlantic City.
This is not good news for my fans… I had a serious injury, partial breaking of bicipes ligament. I know that you are excited to see me again and I am too , but i need some more time to return to show all my potential to you in the cage, soon you will see me again. probably in June. God bless. God bless. . . ?????????????????????? . . Esta não é uma notícia tão boa para meus queridos fãs. Sei que estão ansiosos para me verem lutando novamente e vocês iriam me ver em abril mas teremos que adiar devido a uma séria lesão no bíceps que tive. Em breve poderei mostrar todo meu potencial mais uma vez, provavelmente em junho. Até lá amigos. Deus abençoe A todos! #somostodosborrachinha #theeraser