The highly anticipated bout between Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa is set to take place at UFC 298 and both fighters are aiming for a shot at the middleweight championship. Whittaker, a former interim champion, will be facing off against Costa, a former title challenger.
As for the odds, Whittaker is listed at -220, while Costa is at +180, according to BetUS on Monday, February 12.
The fight is scheduled to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday, February 17, 2023, at 11:00 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the event via pay-per-view.
Whittaker, with a record of 24-7, is looking to bounce back after a loss to Dricus Du Plessis. His most recent defeat was a TKO in round 2, and he is eager to redeem himself. Despite being favored in the betting odds, Whittaker needs to approach this fight with caution, considering Costa’s similarity to Du Plessis, and their shared spot on the list of UFC middleweights who land the most significant strikes per minute.
On the other hand, Costa has not fought in almost two years, with his last fight resulting in a win against Luke Rockhold. Prior to that, he suffered consecutive losses to Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. With only two defeats on his professional record, Costa is known for his ability to secure wins by KO/TKO, with a standout victory against Yoel Romero in 2019.
As the fight approaches, Whittaker must prepare to face Costa’s superior striking abilities and adjust his approach. It is likely that he will aim to control the fight and possibly utilize takedowns to secure a victory.
In the prediction for the fight, the edge is given to Whittaker, who is expected to employ a more cautious strategy to come out on top.
Overall, the matchup between Whittaker and Costa is expected to be a thrilling battle between two formidable middleweights with championship aspirations.