UFC284 Perth: The blockbuster fight between Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa has been called off over contract disputes

Australia UFC star Robert Whittaker has vowed to take his frustrations out on the ‘next man’ after his scheduled fight against Paulo Costa was canceled amid a bizarre contract dispute.

Whittaker was due to face Costa at UFC 284 in Perth on February 12, but those plans fell apart.

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Costa claims he never agreed to the match and hinted that the UFC announced the fight to put pressure on him to sign a new contract.

In a series of social media posts, Costa expressed his frustration at the situation.

“I’m sad for Robert because the UFC didn’t tell him the truth lol,” Costa tweeted.

“You didn’t deserve this. Brother, sorry I won’t be fighting you in Perth. UFC is posting this (Robert vs. Costa) just to sell tickets, realize that. They didn’t pay me, I’m out! I am not joking.”

On his 32nd birthday, Whittaker also took to social media to confirm the news.

Australian UFC star Robert Whittaker canceled his fight at UFC 284 in Perth on February 12. Credit: Michael Dodge/AAP

“I’m sure you’ve seen the media and the rumors that are going around about the Perth card right now and it’s very annoying to say they’re true – the fight with Costa fell apart,” said the former middleweight champion .

“UFC tried everything in their power to get him to fight, they gave him the new contract as far as I know to take the fight and he still hasn’t taken the fight.

“This is very annoying. I feel sorry for all the friends, fans and family who go there to watch me work. But it’s not in my hands. I was prepared to train until Christmas, to train until New Year’s to get the job done.

“I wanted to take the family on holiday after the fight, I wanted to buy the kids new toys, make some money, pay the rent, but all of that is being put on hold for now. It’s been pushed back and it’s upsetting to me.”

Whittaker says he’s likely to fight in either March or April now.

“I’ll do my best, train like a demon and take my frustrations out on others,” he said.

The focus of the UFC event in Perth is the fight between Australian Alexander Volkanovski and lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

Volkanovski already holds the featherweight belt and has a chance to become the first Australian to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

– AAP

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