February 12, 2024 3 min read


Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa UFC 298 Odds, Time, and Prediction

Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa is a battle between two fantastic middleweights, both of whom have championship ambitions. Whittaker is a former interim champ, while Costa is a former title challenger.

Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa UFC 298 Odds

Robert Whittaker-220
Paulo Costa+180
*Odds taken from BetUS on Monday, February 12.
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When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: Honda Center, Anaheim (Los Angeles), California
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: PPV

Robert Whittaker Looking to Bounce Back After Du Plessis Loss

Robert Whittaker is 24-7 overall, with most of his losses happening to real elite opponents. He lost to Israel Adesanya twice, for example, each time in a fight for the title. Further, in his most recent fight, he lost to Dricus Du Plessis, who later went on to become the UFC Middleweight champ.

The fight in question happened last summer and we saw Whittaker lose by TKO in round 2. Fast-forward to February 2023 and he’s hoping to bounce back. Betting odds are in his favor, but he needs to be extra careful as he’s fighting a guy who’s not dissimilar to Du Plessis.

Costa and Du Plessis currently share the No. 1 spot on the list of UFC middleweights who land the most significant strikes per minute.

Does Paulo Costa Have Ring Rust?

This will be the first time Costa’s fighting in almost two years. He was supposed to fight a couple of bouts, but they all got canceled for various reasons. Now, he’s ready to fight for the first time since defeating Luke Rockhold in his final UFC fight.

It was Costa’s rebound fight after two straight losses. First, he got TKO-ed by Adesanya in the UFC Middleweight Championship fight; then, he lost to Marvin Vettori in a light heavyweight fight.

Those two losses remain his only defeats in his professional career. When it comes to his wins, he’s got 14 in his portfolio, 11 of which happened by KO/TKO. Arguably his biggest win is the one against Yoel Romero in 2019 who was in his prime at the time.

Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa Prediction

Whittaker is a very well-rounded fighter, but Costa is superior when it comes to striking. He’s similar to Whittaker’s last opponent, Du Plessis, who beat him by a TKO. Whittaker knows this, which is why he’ll probably go with a more careful approach on Saturday.

He’s gonna try and control the fight, possibly landing a couple of takedowns. Will this be enough to secure a win? We think it should.

Pick: Robert Whittaker


Jessie is our resident sports specialist with over 4 years of experience in sports journalism. She's worked with several prominent online sports news outlets in the past and has accrued specialist insight across a wide range of sports markets. Combined with her own love and excitement of sports, having competed at a national level during college, she aims to improve sports coverage value for our readers at GamblingNews.

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