“I’d Like to be the Guy Who Brings Back Henry Cejudo From Retirement”- Deiveson Figueiredo Speaks Out After UFC Fight Night on Fight Island

Published 07/19/2020, 1:31 AM EDT


Newly crowned UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo is basking in the glory of his Championship win. The Brazilian fighter put in a dominant display in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs Benavidez 2. He seemed unfazed even as his opponent managed to regain a vertical base following the first couple of knockdowns. 

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‘Deus da Guerra’ landed a third knockdown and locked in a submission to end the fight with just seconds left in the first round. The Brazilian fighter is the first Champion at 125 lbs since Henry Cejudo vacated to focus on the Bantamweight division. 

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Winning a title in one division is a major achievement to most fighters, however, ‘Deus da Guerra’ already has ambitions of becoming a 2-division Champion. He said so before the fight and echoed these sentiments in the post-fight media interaction too. 

Here, as per a Helen Yee tweet, via a translator, the new UFC Flyweight Champion said, “I’d like to have a fight at 135 lbs you know. I’d like to be the guy who brings back Henry Cejudo from retirement. I think he was looking for a worthy opponent and I think I’m that guy so I’d love to move up and fight him at 135.”

WATCH: Henry Cejudo Mocks Deiveson Figueiredo After UFC Fight Night on Fight Island

‘The Messenger’ who called time on his career has lived up to his ‘King of Cringe’ moniker. He taunted both fighters who now hold the belts he vacated. Last week, ‘Triple C’ taunted Bantamweight Petr Yan, and this week it was Figueiredo’s turn. He too got branded an “Interim UFC Champ.”

Dana White wants Deiveson Figueiredo to defend his belt first

‘Deus da Guerra’ can move up the divisions. However, as per the boss, he must defend his belt first. Via MMA Junkie, Dana White said, “I’d like to see him defend his title couple of times. Maybe if he defends the title a couple of times that’d be interesting.” 

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However, the UFC President said he does not know who will rise to challenge ‘Deus da Guerra’ for the belt. He concluded, “I have no idea. You guys know I don’t make fights the night of the fight.”

All in all Figueiredo’s ambitions of becoming a 2-division champion will lie in his own hands. All he has to do is retain the belt for a considerable amount of time before the UFC considers giving him Bantamweight fights. 

What do you make of Deiveson Figueiredo name dropping Henry Cejudo as he charts out plans to conquer the Bantamweight division?

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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