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Paulo Costa has made it clear he’s still hoping to face Yoel Romero next, but if the latter gets his way, he’ll throw down with Anderson Silva in early 2019.

The UFC has reportedly tried making Costa – Romero a couple of times now, but injuries have punted those plans. Most recently the UFC was apparently targeting its January 19th card in Brooklyn for that match-up, but Costa had to pull out.

Well, while Costa has been calling on Romero to wait for him, the explosive middleweight recently repeated his desire to fight Silva, while appearing on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show (quote via MMA Mania):

“I want to fight with him,” Romero said. “It’s not personal, between me and Anderson, it’s for me, because Anderson is the best of all time in MMA. I have big respect for him. If you stay in the middleweight division and you don’t fight with the top 10 people, you won’t understand what exactly is your level. If you really want to know what is your level, you have to fight with Anderson Silva.”

This is a fight that would certainly move tickets and views, but recently Silva’s been pushing for a fight with Conor McGregor. January 19th isn’t far off, so if the UFC is planning to keep Romero on the Brooklyn card, you would think something will get announced soon.