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'Holy s**t': Internet in splits after Paulo Costa claims UFC legend Vitor Belfort is his biological father

Costa hilariously claimed on April 6 that UFC legend Vitor Belfort is his biological father, prompting MMA fans to draw comparisons between physique and build of the two
Paulo Costa (L) claimed that UFC legend Vitor Belfort (R) is his biological father (Eric Espada, Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Paulo Costa (L) claimed that UFC legend Vitor Belfort (R) is his biological father (Eric Espada, Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Despite suffering multiple losses in his recent UFC bouts, middleweight fighter Paulo Costa has been winning the internet for the past couple of days with a combination of roasts, memes, and altercations on Twitter.

Costa (13-2 MMA) took to social media on Wednesday, April 6, to hilariously claim that UFC legend Vitor Belfort is his biological father. The 30-year-old Brazilian bomber has not competed since losing to the 'Italian Dream' Marvin Vettori in October last year. Costa, also known as 'The Eraser', was most recently called out by former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold for a summer showdown inside the Octagon.


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“(Paulo Costa) your steroids aren’t working anymore, and you f**king got caught up," Rockhold said on Wednesday, April 6, on The MMA Hour. "You’re looking for a way out, and he’s always needed 'assistance' in whatever ways, it’s obvious. F**king show up, show up and show out. Let’s go.”

American former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold during a UFC 221 workout session on December 12, 2017, in Perth, Australia (Will Russell/Getty Images)

Rockhold's allegations prompted MMA fans to start drawing comparisons between the physique and build of Costa and Belfort. Stumbling upon the social media action, Costa took it a step further and made a wild revelation on Twitter. “After this s**ts Luke Rockhold said, I will reveal a curiosity," Costa began. "Vitor is my dad and it happened when him and my young and sexy mom gets in romance on Rio de Gerais, Brazil. Now everyone knows. That’s what when he bring me to UFC the staff called me Baby Vitor.”

The fighter hilariously continued, "So after being abandoned by daddy, my young mommy found her new man in Syria, fight for his country. She brought my stepdad to take care of us, and here he is to this day we giving his love."


If Costa is to be believed, Belfort would have been just 15 when he became a father. Considering, it is most likely that the Brazilian fighter is just playing around and isn't really The Phenom's biological son.

Nonetheless, social media was left in splits following Costa's bogus story. He even played along with a couple of commenters on Twitter. "One hell of a family you got there Paulo!" one fan tweeted, before Borrachinha responded, "And you didn’t even see my mom yet." Another asked, "Paulo. How many young mommy's have you been with?" To which Costa commented, "Matures natures.



Others appeared generally amused by Costa's account. "Is this really Paulo running the account?" one tweeted with laughing emoticons. "Holy s**t that's a lot to take in at once," another chimed in. "How can this be I thought you were Russian," someone else quipped.




Belfort (26-14 MMA) last fought in the fall of 2021, beating boxing legend Evander Holyfield in an exhibition match. The former UFC champion defeated the boxing great via first-round TKO. However, it's worth noting that Belfort has previously defeated Rockhold in the UFC, taking him out via first-round knockout in 2013. That said, the future of Rockhold's alleged son remains murky. Costa has declared that he only wants to fight Vettori again, albeit the Italian is already booked to face Robert Whittaker later this year, reported.