On a personal level, Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa have a lot in common. Both men have an aggressive fighting style to match their brash personalities. Neither of them are from the United States and English is not their first language, but it is the language they have in common with us and each other. Both men also have an uncanny ability to make me laugh my ass off every time they are on my TV screen or tweeting, or just generally interacting with the public. We deserved to see a Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori press conference because it would have lived on as an MMA moment forever.
A Fight Like This Should Have A Press Conference
People often take sports too seriously, and it ruins the best parts when you do that. I’ll never forget checking social media during the UFC 263 press conference and seeing that a lot of people were getting frustrated with Vettori’s off-the-wall approach to trash talk. He basically just started hurling obscenities as loud as he could as soon as Adesanya answered one simple question. To the people that were annoyed by this, I ask you to stop being dull and humorless. Look at this guy. Look at those glasses. He is an absolute legend.
I don’t know how anybody watched this press conference and did not immediately want Vettori to be a UFC champion when they saw his outfit. I actually don’t know how people made it past the photoshoot where Vettori had his shorts on backward. As soon as I saw that picture I knew I wanted Vettori to be the champion. He was yelling so much at that press conference all I could think about was how badly his head hurt. If he wins a belt at some point in his career I could easily see him turning into Tim Sylvia 2 and just wearing the belt wherever he goes, and that is 150% something I NEED to see. There’s nobody else in the UFC like Marvin Vettori, and we need to cherish every moment he is on the mic.
Paulo Costa is hilarious in a different kind of way. The brashness of his personality doesn’t translate into over-the-top rage the way it does with Vettori. Costa has more of an aura of confidence around him, he’s more willing to go barb for barb, and despite English not being his first language Costa is quite good at this style of back and forth. During the lead-up to Costa’s fight with Adesanya, a lot of people actually thought Costa was doing a better job at the press conferences. That says a lot when you are pitted against the quick wit of the current middleweight king. The real humor with Costa comes from when he isn’t really trying to be funny. His Twitter feed is an absolute electric factory. I mean come on, where else do we see deep thinkers like Costa in the UFC.
One could only imagine the type of comedy we would get with these two trying to trash talk to each other. Would they scream at each other? Would either of them be drunk? Would they fight before making it to the cage? Being that both men perfectly fit the definition of a wild card, the possibilities are endless. Maybe one day we’ll be lucky enough to see these guys rematch on a PPV and we’ll get to see how these two high-level thinkers operate in front of one another. For now, sadly, we will have to live without this potentially generational battle of wit and settle with what should be an incredible fight.