‘Burned’ Costa Blames Mat (Not Staph) For Open Wound

Paulo Costa is FINE … aside from a few mat burns.

“The Eraser” claims the open wound on his foot came from aggressive training — not staph infection — ahead of his UFC 302 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, where Costa battles former middleweight champion Sean Strickland.

“I haven’t Staph it’s only burned skin on the mat,” Costa wrote on Twitter. “I’m ok mtfks.”

UFC 302 goes down tomorrow night (Sat., June 1, 2024) at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with Islam Makhachev defending his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier in the PPV main event.

Like Costa, Makhachev also faced accusations of Staph infection ahead of the promotion’s return to “The Garden State” but as of this writing, there doesn’t appear to be any cause for concern, at least in terms of either bout being in jeopardy.

Makhachev insists he will be “100 percent” on fight night.



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’GARDEN STATE’ SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Sat., June 1, 2024, featuring Lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, locking horns with 155-pound legend and No. 4-seeded contender, Dustin Poirier, in the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of the evening. UFC 302’s co-headliner features an action-packed, 185-pound scrap between No. 1-ranked contender, Sean Strickland, squaring off with Brazilian beefcake, Paulo Costa, in a five-round special attraction. UFC 302’s PPV main card (see it here) will also feature Kevin Holland vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk, Jailton Almeida vs. Alexandr Romanov and so much more. It’s must-watch action! UFC 302 start time scheduled for 6:15 p.m. ET (Prelims) and 10 p.m. ET (PPV).

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