“He’s Still Got Wood Left to Burn” – Deiveson Figueiredo Has Some Advice for Former UFC Bantamweight Champion

Published 01/22/2022, 6:30 AM EST
NORFOLK, VA – FEBRUARY 29: Deiveson Figueiredo celebrates after defeating Joseph Benavidez in their flyweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Chartway Arena on February 29, 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Deiveson Figueiredo is currently preparing to take on Brandon Moreno at UFC 270. It will be a trilogy fight, and Figueiredo will look to reclaim the flyweight title from ‘The Assassin Baby.’ In the buildup to the fight, Figueiredo talked about a few topics. One of them was his potential former opponent, Cody Garbrandt.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

‘No Love’, a former UFC bantamweight champion, was scheduled to challenge the Brazilian for the flyweight title. However, the fight didn’t materialize as he had to pull out because of multiple health issues and an injury.

Garbrandt recently made a switch to the flyweight division and got brutally finished by Kai-Kara France. He is now 1-5 in his last six fights and Figueiredo had some advice for him.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

He said, “I really expected more. It became clear that this division is not for him. He has to stay in his weight class. It’s clear he gets weaker, physically speaking, going down in weight. He’s totally worn out. He should stay [at bantamweight] or move up to 145. This division is not for him.”

DIVE DEEPER

‘Come On Brandon’- Valentina Shevchenko Has Her Pick Ahead of UFC 270

10 months ago

However, the former flyweight champion wants Garbrandt to continue fighting. ‘Deus da Guerra’ said, “Since he’s a boxer and likes boxing, it would be good for him to box, to make that transition. He’s too young to think about retirement. He’s still got wood left to burn. In MMA [too], but flyweight is not for him. That message was very clear.”

Deiveson Figueiredo vows to take Brandon Moreno’s head

Figueiredo is not looking to play around in the trilogy fight against Brandon Moreno. The Brazilian has put in the work to get the flyweight title back and has made his intentions clear. For this fight, he started training with Moreno’s former training partner, Henry Cejudo.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Despite being former teammates, there is bad blood between Moreno and ‘Triple C’. The issue between them stems from the fact that Moreno helped Joseph Benavidez train for a fight against Cejudo.

Hence, there is an extra motivation for Figueiredo. According to him, ‘The Assassin Baby‘ betrayed Cejudo, and he’ll take his revenge. During the media day, he told the press that he’ll take Moreno’s head and give it to ‘Triple C.’

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

WATCH THIS STORY – Deiveson Figueiredos Intense Training Routine For His Trilogy Fight Against Brandon Moreno At UFC 270

Do you think Cody Garbrandt should move back to the bantamweight division? Will Deiveson Figueiredo be able to beat Moreno at UFC 270? Let us know in the comments below!

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Arunaditya Aima

600 articles

Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK