The Figueiredo family name could be further bolstered given the newest 135-pound fighter that has been added to the UFC roster. Deiveson Figueiredo’s brother Francisco Figueiredo has made his way into the UFC per his manager, Wallid Ismail.
Ismail told MMA Fighting that Francisco Figueiredo is expected to make his debut in early 2021 when the UFC returns to Fight Island.
Yas Fight Island in Abu Dhabi has been a proven breeding ground for break-out stars and ‘Sniper’ can make a massive splash. He comes in as the former interim Jungle Fight bantamweight titlist and has a record of 11-3-1-1. Chiefly, he managed to make his impact primarily in the Brazilian MMA circuit before making his way to the UFC.
‘Sniper’ Figueiredo last competed back in September 2019 and went to a draw on the scorecards. He took on Eduardo Souza at Jungle Fight 95 in a critical title unification bout. Francisco was slated to return in March and take on undisputed bantamweight champion Klinger Pinheiro. However, the bout fell through. Subsequently, he hasn’t been able to mount his return due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Francisco Figueiredo is in a unique position and he enters the organization with a massive buzz. His brother has recently shot up to stardom and his profile continues to grow. It seems as though ‘Sniper’ is reaching the largest MMA organization at the right time.
What’s more, Deiveson is arguably one of the biggest names in the sport as it currently stands. ‘Deus de Guerra’ will make UFC history at UFC 256 as he’s set to make the fastest turnaround for a champion. Figueiredo last fought at UFC 255 on November 21, 2020, and defended his strap with a first-round submission.
‘Daico’ Figueiredo will take on Brandon Moreno in his second title defense. Furthermore, there will be plenty of eyeballs on the final pay-per-view of the year. The inclusion of yet another championship-caliber member from the Figueiredo family is an exciting prospect for the UFC.
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