UFC fighter Paulo Costa has launched an astonishing attack on Brazil’s World Cup team, claiming it can’t win the tournament because they are “feminists” who “apologize for being straight [and] white.”
The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who is one of the UFC’s top-ranking middleweights, made the bizarre claims on Twitter following the national team’s 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday.
The incoherent tweet read: “Brazilian soccer team were respectable when they had drug dealers to make party’s officials and s****** f***** Like Ronald at 2006 or 2002.
“Now they all are feminists or apologize for being straight white. They cannot win wolrd cup sorry. Bring old times back.”
Costa has a history of controversial posts, including a video last month in which he said he would kill YouTuber Jake Paul if they ever had a boxing match.
In the video, a shirtless Costa bounces around a gym and says: "Imagine I chase Jake Paul in the ring like that. Bouncing the head and the chin like Mike Tyson."
After throwing a series of imaginary punches, he added: "He's died bro, he cannot survive."
The post was accompanied by a caption reading: "He wouldn't get out breathing."
Costa was a supporter - like a number of members of the Brazil national team including star player Neymar - of far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro.
When Bolsonaro lost in last month's general election, Costa said "the communism is winning fake elections in Brazil" and that as a result, he would eat his dogs for dinner.
Costa is the UFC's sixth-ranked fighter in the middleweight division, with a mixed martial arts record of 14 wins and two losses. He most recently fought in August, beating Luke Rockhold by a unanimous decision.