“I’m Going to Knock Him Out”- Deiveson Figueiredo Calls Out Former Divisional Goat in Demetrious Johnson

Published 07/20/2020, 8:11 AM EDT


Newly minted UFC champion Deiveson Figueiredo spoke to the media post-fight following his emphatic victory at UFC Fight Night. The 125-pounder picked up the vacant scrap against Joseph Benavidez in the headliner that took place on Yas Island. Not to mention, he would put on a statement performance that aided in putting the MMA world on notice.

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The bout was undeniably one-sided, with some people citing a possible 10-7 round in favor of Figueiredo. The Brazilian marched forward and landed precise bombs on ‘Joe B’ who suffered three knockdowns within the opening minutes. Moreover, Figueiredo secured a nasty RNC choke and choked out Benavidez viciously.

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Deiveson Figueiredo: The sky’s the limit

‘Deus da Guerra’ expressed an interest in expanding his horizons inside the promotion upon winning the coveted gold strap. The newly crowned champion went onto flirt with the idea of possibly facing consensus Flyweight GOAT Demetrious Johnson.

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“That’s definitely a fight that all the fans would want to see — me against Demetrious Johnson. But if the UFC wants to bring him back, I’m going to be very happy. I’m going to knock him out and with a lot of pride and I’m very happy to do that.” (via Middle Easy)

Johnson famously left the UFC after amassing a legacy that appears to be near-impossible to replicate. Additionally, he solidified himself atop the mountain with 11 straight title defenses in the 125-pound weight class.

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He racked up victories over some of the best fighters present at that weight division. Not to mention, he was then involved in a historic cross-promotional trade with ONE Championship following his defeat to Henry Cejudo. It is unclear whether the UFC will get back in the ‘Mighty Mouse’ business for a potential super fight.

Figueiredo has shared an interest to scrap at 135-pounds as well and cement his status as a two-division champion. UFC boss Dana White seems more interested in seeing the Brazilian rack up victories in his own division first. Chiefly, one undeniable certainty prevails, Deiveson Figueiredo is a problem at 125-pounds.

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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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