Deiveson Figueiredo remains to be keen on going through Joseph Benavidez.
The undefeated Brazilian flyweight was slated to face Benavidez on Jan. 26, earlier than the promotion ultimately determined to cancel UFC 233. Matchmakers tried to maneuver the competition to the Jan. 19 card in Brooklyn, however it will be too quickly for Figueiredo.
Benavidez went on to face — and defeat — Dustin Ortiz at UFC Brooklyn, making that two wins in a row for him, however Figueiredo advised MMA Combating he nonetheless feels they need to meet within the Octagon at some point.
”I owe Benavidez a battle, and I hope it occurs,” mentioned Figueiredo, who has been coaching at Staff Alpha Male — Benavidez’s former staff in California — for nearly a 12 months. “If we met within the health club we’d slug it out. Nothing private, however we’d break one another in coaching [laughs].”
“God of Struggle” appears like an improved fighter since becoming a member of the camp previous to his knockout victory over John Moraga in August, giving credit score to jiu-jitsu coach Fabio Prado and Alpha Male chief Urijah Faber. Feeling “a part of the household” within the health club, Figueiredo explains the principle distinction in his sport since transferring to California.
”I upset in my second UFC battle as a result of my opponent was a wrestler and he saved taking me down,” Figueiredo mentioned, citing his determination win over Jarred Brooks. On the time, the Brazilian thought he had misplaced the bout.
”I wished to complete him and went for a guillotine as an alternative of defending the takedown, and being right here helped me enhance my sport quite a bit. I’ve added extra weapons to my sport now.”
Figueiredo believes he has discovered to steadiness aggressiveness with the proper technique to win fights, and vows to make use of that at Saturday night time’s UFC Nashville, when he faces top-ranked flyweight Jussier Formiga.
Formiga enters the Octagon driving a three-fight successful streak over Sergio Pettis, Ben Nguyen and Ulka Sasaki, and Figueiredo’s purpose is straightforward: remove him from competitors.
“Many of the Brazilians don’t wish to battle one another, they’d reasonably battle ‘gringos’, nevertheless it’s narrowing down now,” Figueiredo mentioned. “I’m among the many 5 better of the division and my purpose is to battle for the belt, so there’s no different choice besides eliminating the heads that get on my manner. For somebody who’s hungry and has a purpose to realize, it is a nice alternative. I’m going there to knock him out.
”I’ve a jiu-jiu-jitsu background, however I exploit it extra for protection as a result of my combating type is aggressive, to knock individuals out. If he tries to take me down, I’ll cease him with my floor and pound. If he stands in entrance of me, I’ll knock him out. I don’t see this battle going previous the second spherical.”
Figueiredo believes he ought to “undoubtedly” earn a shot on the UFC flyweight championship if he improves to 16-Zero on Saturday, and he plans to go away no doubts by knocking out the jiu-jitsu specialist.
Additionally, he hopes KO convinces UFC president Dana White to maintain the flyweight division going, though he plans on transferring as much as bantamweight sooner or later as properly.
”I’m undefeated and my fights all the time finish by knockout, so I deserve an opportunity to battle for the belt,” Figueiredo mentioned. “Folks say that they’ll finish the division, however my purpose is to make it keep. My purpose is to indicate Dana White that this weight class has the potential to remain within the UFC and placed on a present on my fights. I don’t need this division to go away till I get that belt.”
”My purpose is to win the title at 125 after which transfer as much as 135,” he added. “That’s my purpose, so I hope they don’t shut the division earlier than I get that belt.”
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