Deiveson Figueiredo Reveals He Was in Hospital the Night Before UFC 256

Published 12/13/2020, 5:10 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo has defended his gold strap for the second time and made UFC history in the process. ‘Deus de Guerra’ came out on top over challenger Brandon Moreno after the judges’ scorecards read a majority draw. Additionally, he etched the fastest turnaround in UFC championship history after coming back in just a matter of 21 days.

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He last competed back at UFC 255 and ensured that he’ll likely snag the ‘Fighter of the Year’ for 2020. The Brazilian champion has competed in four title fights in one calendar year and his performances have only gotten better. However, he’s certainly met a meaningful adversary in Brandon Moreno and they will surely run things back.

Massive right hand lands for @theassassinbaby 😯 #UFC256 pic.twitter.com/2MqNAaJlZt

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 13, 2020

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THIS UPPERCUT CAME FROM THE GROUND 😳 #UFC256 pic.twitter.com/TTYTj9peuK

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 13, 2020

Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno threw heavy leather right from the get-go and they could be set for the ‘Fight of the Year’ tag. Both the athletes had moments of success in different realms however, a point deduction for Figueiredo led to the draw. The deduction was spurred on through a couple of fouls like eye-pokes and low blows.

UFC flyweights: Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno

Following the win, the 21-1 championship fighter spoke to Joe Rogan and revealed that he suffered an unfortunate pre-fight hindrance. Figueiredo explained that he was in the hospital till 2 in the morning due to stomach issues. Chiefly, the general speculation was that his quick turnaround from UFC 255 to UFC 256 was the cause of his woes.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil and Brandon Moreno of Mexico face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Moreover, UFC President Dana White confirmed the news that ‘Deus de Guerra’ had broken moments earlier. It’s highly likely that Figueiredo’s trip to the hospital at the eleventh hour could have caused the late-round fatigue. He absorbed heavy damage in the fourth round, and it was possible that the ‘Assassin Baby’ could snag an upset win.

“Yeah, he didn’t feel good in the middle of the night last night so he went to the hospital. After this year man, good luck, good luck getting me to flinch at anything. These things happen sometimes and especially this year. But he went and got taken care of.”

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The flyweight division is now one of the most vibrant weight classes in the organization and is far from extinction. The divisional champion has a series of game challengers chomping at the bit for an opportunity to scrap. What’s more, Figueiredo’s next adversary is lined up already, and a rematch against Moreno is a foregone conclusion.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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