UFC 278 video: Luke Rockhold, Paulo Costa exchange words in final staredown

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SALT LAKE CITY – Co-main event fighters Luke Rockhold and Paulo Costa came face-to-face for one final intense staredown at the UFC 278 ceremonial weigh-ins.

Former middleweight champion Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) returns to action after three years away from the cage looking to snap a two-fight skid against a powerful former title challenger. Costa (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is also in need of a win after dropping his previous two bouts, and has vowed to send Rockhold into retirement.

Both fighters made weight Friday morning, stepping on the scale at an identical weight of 185.5 pounds. At the ceremonial weigh-ins, they exchanged heated words one last time before they step into the octagon on Saturday evening.

Watch the video above to see Rockhold and Costa faceoff ahead of UFC 278.

UFC 278 takes place Saturday at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 278.

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