PAULO Costa improved to 11-0 with a second-round stoppage over Johny Hendricks in the first bout of a pay-per-view card at UFC 217 in New York.
Costa teed off on Hendricks in the second round before the referee stepped in for the TKO win on Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time).
Hendricks, a former UFC welterweight champion, continues to fall on hard times and lost for the fifth time in six fights.
Costa pulled off the biggest victory of his career. He took a celebratory bow to the crowd as Hendricks (18-8) argued with the ref about the decision and trudged out of the cage.
Costa called out Derek Brunson for his next fight. Brunson tweeted that Costa was "100% on the juice. Not impressed at all. Slow and gassy. Get some more fights first. Not interested."
Steven "Wonderboy" Thompson (14-2-1) put away Jorge Masvidal (32-13) by unanimous decision for a much-needed win in his second fight at Madison Square Garden. Thompson got a needed rebound win in the 170-pound bout after fighting Tyron Woodley to a draw and decision loss in his last two contest.