Deiveson Figueiredo Wants Henry Cejudo Fight

Published 01/02/2021, 12:00 PM EST


Deiveson Figueiredo is calling his shots ever since he became Flyweight Champion. Coming off the quickest turnaround for any champion in UFC history, Fig has started aiming for the stars. Those stars include former UFC Bantamweight and Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo. Fig told MMA Fighting that he wants to fight Cejudo in 2021.

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“They could do a belt between the 125 and 135 divisions, set up a weight, and see who’s the baddest motherfucker in the lightweights. I want to fight Cejudo, man. He talks a lot, he’s always talking about everyone, so I want to stop this guy. I want to shut his mouth.”

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Fig had also called out Cejudo in 2019, but that fight didn’t materialize. Now that he is a much bigger star, this is one of the genuine super-fights in these weight classes that Cejudo could come back for. The fight also helps Cejudo establish himself as one of the greatest lighter weight fighters of all time with wins over ‘Mighty Mouse’ Demetrious Johnson and possibly, Figueiredo.

Deiveson Figueiredo: Can he face Henry Cejudo and beat him?

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If Fig gets Cejudo to come out of retirement, it will become one of the biggest fights of 2021 if the UFC can market it right. Deiveson Figueiredo is the Flyweight champion, but Cejudo isn’t the one he beat for the title. Cejudo vacated the belt with just a single defense under his name.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil submits Alex Perez in their flyweight championship bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, Figueiredo is already two defenses in. He needs to rematch with Brandon Moreno, but if he gets through that, this is a very viable fight. Cejudo has previously announced his intention to face Alexander Volkanovski at Featherweight, but this fight would just make a lot more sense.

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Hopefully, we see Cejudo return even though he is retired. He is still in his prime. A fight against Figueiredo would be a guaranteed money-maker. While the risk may be high, a win could solidify his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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