Cezar Ferreira defeated Nate Marquardt via decision at Saturday’s UFC Norfolk, and didn’t waste time letting the world know who he wants next in the Octagon.
The first Ultimate Fighter Brazil winner had strong words for rising middleweight Paulo Costa in his post-fight interview, especially after “The Eraser” called “Mutante’s” mentor Vitor Belfort a “p***y” for turning down a fight against him earlier this year.
“The kids these days are losing the true value of martial arts,” Ferreira told MMA Fighting. “You see (Colby) Covington insulting Brazilian fans, and now this guy ‘Borrachinha’ comes and calls everyone p***y. It’s personal now. Our team gave this guy an opportunity, brought him to the United States, gave him a job, he trained with us here, and he goes on social media and calls out Vitor the way he did? You can call anyone out, this is our job, but calling out a legend and calling him a p***y? Hold on.”
“It’s not Vitor’s team, it’s our team, it’s my team as well,” he continued. “You came to my team and now talk crap? I’m not fake. If you said that about any other legend, Wanderlei (Silva), Anderson (Silva), I’d respond the same way. He’s calling everyone p***y on social media, and I want to see if he’s not a p***y to fight me. This guy… his career is so fake that even his nickname changes all the time. He was ‘Golden Boy’, and then ‘Borrachinha’, and I don’t know what his name is now. He’s trying to be like (Conor) McGregor. He’s an a**hole.”
“Mutante” says his countryman’s 11-0 record was fabricated before joining the UFC, where he finished Garreth McLellan, Oluwale Bamgbose and Johny Hendricks.
“I know Borrachinha’s story,” Ferreira said. “He was starting his career when I won TUF, and he was watching me train. He’s a lie. His career was manufactured. I say what I know. Seventy percent of his fights were in events inside gyms, where he fought and beat up random doormen. That’s why he has that record. Check his record on Sherdog, nobody knows any of those guys, and he’s acting like he’s the middleweight champion already but hasn’t done anything.
“He fought someone close to retirement (McLellan), and then he fought someone coming off a year-long layoff (Bamgbose) because he was recovering mentally and physically from the beatdown I gave him. The only real fighter he fought was Johny Hendricks, but he’s a welterweight the size of his legs. Come on.
“People can’t ignore my numbers. I’m coming off five straight wins, because the one I lost I was robbed and everyone knows that. I’m the TUF champion. I’m not calling anyone out, I’m giving him the opportunity to fight me. This guy might even have my autograph at his house. I’m giving him the opportunity to fight his idol.”
Ferreira texted Costa on Monday and posted it on his social media. “I’ll say right in your face so you don’t come with excuses that you didn’t see it on TV,” Ferreira wrote in Portuguese. “You keep calling everyone p***y. WHEN I FIND YOU I WILL BREAK YOU!!! Asshole.”
“Mutante” blocked Costa after sending that message. Costa declined to respond Ferreira’s comments when asked by MMA Fighting.
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Costa called out Derek Brunson after his recent win over Hendricks at UFC 217, and Ferreira explains why he’s not confident that the promotion would book him next against “The Eraser”.
“He’s doing things the wrong way and needs to learn a lesson,” “Mutante” said. “He will turn down this fight. I will beat him up even if I have to go to Contagem, his hometown. If the UFC has any interest in protecting this boy, if they don’t want him to lose, they won’t book this fight. But if the UFC is unbiased they will book this fight and I will beat him up.”
“I would break him up for good,” he continued. “He has no cardio, nothing. He should bring an oxygen balloon with him because he has no cardio. I was already a fighter when this kid started training. I know his coaches, I know all of his tricks, everything he will do. I’d break him into pieces.”