Deiveson Figueiredo
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Gets another shot at flyweight gold
May 22, 2020
Figueiredo is expected to rematch Joseph Benavidez for the vacant UFC Flyweight title at a yet-to-be-determined location July 18, reports.
Figueiredo snared a knockout victory over Benavidez the first time around, but he was ineligible to claim the belt after he missed weight by 2.5 pounds. An accidental headbutt that left a gash over Benavidez's left eye seconds before the knockout also played into the unusual circumstances that will give the pair another chance to duke it out for the title. Figueiredo claims a three-inch reach advantage and a one-inch height advantage and seems likely to be the favorite to lay claim to the belt if he can hit weight this time around. This is reflected in the betting odds, as Figueiredo closed as a (+120) underdog for the first matchup, but he opened as roughly a (-150) betting favorite shortly after the announcement.
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Flyweight title rematch on deck
March 4, 2020
The UFC will book an immediate rematch between Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Figueiredo defeated Benavidez at UFC Fight Night in Norfolk on Feb. 29, but he was ineligible to claim the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship as a result of missing weight prior to the fight. Rather than leave the title unclaimed, Figueiredo and Benavidez will reportedly be booked for a rematch in the immediate future. Figueiredo put together a convincing victory in Norfolk, but he'll need to avoid any more struggles with the scale prior to the next title fight, the date of which remains undisclosed. Benavidez is currently serving a 90-day medical suspension.
Ineligible for UFC gold despite win
February 29, 2020
Figueiredo defeated Joseph Benavidez via TKO (punches) at 1:54 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
That sound you hear is the entire UFC flyweight division groaning. Figueiredo, of course, was ineligible to win the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship in this fight because he missed weight on Friday. Benavidez agreed to take 30 percent of Figueiredo's purse and the fight went on. As far as the actual fight goes, Figueiredo looked terrific. He started quickly and nearly submitted Joe B in Round 1 with an arm bar. He got the benefit of a massive cut over Benavidez's eye in Round 2 following a massive accidental headbutt. Seconds after the clash of heads, Figueiredo popped Benavidez with a straight right hand and that was all she wrote. The Brazilian's performance was brilliant, but it's all severely negated because he missed weight. Figueiredo has never missed weight before so while it's easy to give him the benefit of the doubt, it's difficult considering the stakes on Saturday. What's next for the UFC Flyweight Championship is in doubt. Perhaps the UFC gives Figueiredo another chance and matches him up against another challenger. Despite his struggles on the scale, it would be next to impossible to justify another title fight at 125 pounds without Figueiredo involved.
Misses weight, fight still on
February 28, 2020
Figueiredo will be fined 30 percent of his purse for missing weight ahead of his match against Joseph Benavidez on Feb. 29 in Norfolk, Virginia, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Figueiredo will be ineligible to secure the vacant flyweight title, even if he emerges victorious against Benavidez, as a result. This is the first time Figueiredo has failed to miss weight in his UFC career, and the timing could not have been less fortuitous. He'll nonetheless look to keep up his momentum, coming off back-to-back wins, when he steps into the Octagon in Norfolk.
Will compete for vacant flyweight belt
December 20, 2019
Figueiredo will face Joseph Benavidez for the vancant flyweight title Feb. 29 in Norfolk, Virginia, Mike Bohn of reports.
The opportunity for Figueiredo to fight for the belt arose Thursday after it was reported that reigning champion Henry Cejudo would relinquish his flyweight strap and focus on defending his bantamweight title moving forward. The news also likely means that the UFC will continue with the flyweight division, where Figueiredo has collected back-to-back victories and only has one loss in one loss in seven trips to the Octagon. Figueiredo will enter with a slight height advantage and three-inch reach advantage, though Benavidez has significantly more Octagon time under his belt. Figueiredo also has a slight edge in offensive wrestling over a shorter sample size, but Benavidez has superior stand-up statistics, with an edge in striking volume and striking defense.
Submits Tim Elliott in Tampa
October 12, 2019
Figueiredo defeated Tim Elliott via submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:08 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
Easy work. Figueiredo has been knocking people out left and right over the past couple years, but the BJJ black belt displayed his world class ground game in this one. After a back-and-forth first few minutes in which both men were feeling the other out, the Brazilian grabbed a hold of Elliott's neck after the later went for a poor and ill-timed takedown attempt and that was all she wrote. Simply put, Figueiredo is a stud. His game has no weaknesses and he's the rare fighter at 125 pounds who goes out and finishes fights with regularity. Sporting a 6-1 record in the UFC, the 31-year-old is closing in on a title shot.