Former UFC Middleweight title contender Paulo Costa posted a new video responding to accusations he elbowed a nurse in the mouth at a clinic in Brazil, denying any “physical aggression” and issuing a veiled risk of authorized action if she does not apologize publicly for accusing him.
In late May perhaps, Costa was questioned by the Brazilian Civil Police of Minas Gerais just after the unnamed nurse documented that he hit her in the mouth, triggering an injury, though trying to take a COVID-19 vaccination card from the clinic with out truly receiving the vaccine. The incident at a vaccination clinic in a shopping mall in Belo Horizonte was initial noted by Globo.com. The Brazilian news internet site documented that Costa originally asked for a shot but then improved his thoughts but even now required a card demonstrating he was vaccinated.
Costa has denied any wrongdoing but has not specially resolved the accusations that he was striving to get a vaccination card devoid of having a shot in the course of the May perhaps 30 incident. Costa is set to combat previous UFC Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold on August 20. Present U.S. travel recommendations involve any non-citizen to be vaccinated ahead of coming to the states.
Costa has been submitting memes and jokes about the incident for various days, but took a crack from the comedic responses for a significant information, crafting on Instagram, “Clearly, there’s under no circumstances been any actual physical aggression from me. This video leaves no uncertainties about it. Thank you all and collectively let’s keep likely on!” In the video clip, Costa mentioned, “Unfortunately, this is not a variety of a amusing video, but it’s extremely important to be here and converse in English.”
Costa Shared Images of the Nurse’s Lips, Declaring They Are Evidence That He Did not Cause Any Accidents
In his online video, Costa reported, “A fake accusation bodily aggression was leveled towards me. And I will show for you men the specifics, the proofs. I’ve currently being accused to elbowing a woman who is supposed to be a nurse on her face. I’m a expert MMA artist and you can picture the damage my elbow may cause on unprotected women’s facial area. One thing awful to even visualize that.”
Costa additional, “But I’m right here just to say for absolutely everyone that in no way happened and I will demonstrate you men why, I have a proof of that.” Costa then shared a photograph taken by police of the nurse’s mouth. In the photo she’s pointing to her lips. Costa said, “Can you see this is the intended victim of my elbow.” He then shared a 2nd photo the place she is pulling her lip down.
Costa reported the photos, “unquestionably” demonstrate “she hasn’t been subjected to any type of bodily violence. Which is unattainable. … Any form of violence in opposition to gals is fully unacceptable.” He stated “misleading” accusations “simply provide to discredit and cover the precise fight towards women’s violence. We all know this type of false allegations is quite critical. So I really hope that this girl decides to make her public apologies or else lawful actions may possibly be necessary, sadly.
A law enforcement spokesman advised Globo.com, in Portuguese, “The card was filled out. The personnel reported that, at the time of software, he did not accept to be vaccinated, he needed to leave with the card and they did not take it. At that minute, a nurse was elbowed.” The spokesman additional, “He mentioned he acquired the vaccine, but the nurses didn’t permit him go out with the card. He claimed it generated anxiety, he took the card and still left. At that moment, a nurse grabbed him by the arm and he broke totally free.”
The nurse told law enforcement her lips had been swollen, according to the Brazilian news web site. Globo.com additional that there ended up no cameras in the area wherever the incident happened. Costa, 31, was taken to a regional law enforcement station and questioned and then released, police said. Globo.com stories the 26-year-outdated victim, who has not issued a general public statement, submitted a prison criticism that will be investigated. A hearing is scheduled in a local court docket, Globo.com stories.
Costa’s attorneys, Meijon Advocacia, previously issued a statement addressing the accusations. Costa shared the statement on Instagram. They wrote, “First, tending to sensationalism, these are reckless and inconsistent. The athlete Paulo Costa – ‘Borrachinha’ and his entire staff reject any type of violence.”
The statement added, “‘Borrachinha’ is a significant-effectiveness expert athlete, complete time committed to training, to adhering to the policies, guidelines and disciplines. According to his philosophy and human conduct this variety of allegations are fully incompatible with his history and way of everyday living. The accusations and details narrated do not mirror the reality of what transpired. The actuality will be cautiously investigated and the proper authorized actions for their excellent clarification will be taken.”
Costa Has Been Putting up Jokes About the Accusations, Which include Using a Shot at His Upcoming UFC Opponent’s Chin
Even though Costa struck a really serious tone in his English-language response movie, he has posted quite a few memes and jokes about the incident on social media in the times considering the fact that it was initially claimed. Costa is recognized for his comedic tries on Instagram and Twitter.
“Borrachinha” has also made use of the information about the incident to encourage his approaching fight with Rockhold, who has knocked out in 3 of his previous 4 fights. Costa wrote on Twitter about his 37-yr-outdated long term opponent, “Rumors say the nurse has a ideal chin than luke rockhold.” Yet another tweet displays a blurred impression of a woman with the text, “I have far better chin than Rockhold.”
Costa also posted a picture of a female in an adult-themed nurse costume and wrote, “We all right here enjoys the nurse woman’s.” And he tweeted, “#freePaulo,” and joked that he experienced been striving to get in touch with Saul Goodman, the Bob Odenkirk attorney character from “Better Phone Saul” and “Breaking Poor.”
Costa and Rockhold ended up originally envisioned to square off at UFC 277 in Las Vegas on July 30, but the combat was moved off the PPV card and to an August 20 Struggle Night card, according to MMAJunkie. The spot of that celebration has not been produced nonetheless.
Costa, 13-2, is the No. 4-ranked middleweight in the UFC. He’s on the lookout for his first get given that 2019, when he conquer Yoel Romero at UFC 241 in 2019. He missing his UFC Middleweight Title shot towards Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in 2020 and then dropped to Marvin Vettori in Oct 2021.