Randy Costa Released by UFC, Already Has Fight News Pending

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Randy Costa, UFC Vegas 61 weigh-in Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

Randy Costa has been released by the UFC, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be wasting any time getting back to work.

Costa (6-4) suffered a quick submission loss at the hands of Guido Cannetti at UFC Vegas 61 earlier this month. The defeat was the Taunton, Massachusetts native’s third straight setback, and as is common with such skids, resulted in the promotion showing Costa the door.

UFC Roster Watch, an automated service that monitors the promotion’s fighter database, was first to highlight the news. Costa himself confirmed the development, adding “I’ll be back. Watch. Fight news coming soon…”

Costa joined the promotion in 2019 off the strength of a 4-0 record. Still considerably inexperienced even for an entry level UFC fighter, he lost his debut against Brandon Davis — but won his next two fights, picking up victories over Boston Salmon and Journey Newson.

His 2021 match-up with the highly touted Adrian Yanez was a thriller, with Costa looking good in the opening round, only to be finished in the second. That was the start of the three fight skid that has now seen the 28-year old exit the promotion.

Costa was the recipient of a Performance of the Night bonus for his September 2020 head kick KO of Newson.