Paulo Costa mentioned his response to Luke Rockhold smearing blood over his face at UFC 278.
Paulo Costa says that he wanted to take a “lengthy bathe” after his struggle with Luke Rockhold at UFC 278, throughout which Rockhold smeared the blood from his damaged nostril over Costa’s face. Costa went on to win the struggle by unanimous determination with scores of 30-27.
“Man, I didn’t see it within the second of the struggle,” Costa mentioned afterward. “I simply felt one thing on my face. However I used to be additionally frightened about blocking his arms, and never getting hit with an elbow or punch. However now after I noticed, it was very disgusting. It’s a really bizarre second.”
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He continued: “I don’t know why he did that. Possibly he was so pissed off and indignant as a result of he was dropping the struggle. I took a really lengthy bathe after the struggle.”
The clip, which rapidly went viral on social media, exhibits Rockhold pinning Costa on the bottom and rubbing his blood-splattered face throughout his opponent.
Rockhold introduced his retirement after the struggle: “I’ve been via a lot the final years. Thanks combating, thanks UFC, thanks Joe. I can’t f—king do that any extra. I gave it my all and it simply didn’t … I’m f—king previous.”
Joe Rogan congratulated Rockhold on his “wonderful show of perseverance and guts and braveness” throughout the post-fight interview.
Rockhold ends his profession at 16-6 whereas Costa rises to 14-2.