He is still not the champion, but he made sure Joseph Benavidez would not be, too.
After failing to make the flyweight mark by 2.5 pounds at the UFC Norfolk’s official weigh-ins, Deiveson Figueiredo came into the fight on a mission to put Benavidez always with violence, and that’s what he did, picking up a vicious knockout win in the second round of the fight.
On Twitter, because of Deiveson’s weight mishap, pro fighters had mixed feelings about the result.
Looking forward to @JoeJitsu fight tonight. The man has put in the years of sacrifice/hard work & earned the title as best in the world, regardless of the outcome of this fight. Still hope he leaves with gold around his waist... #UFCNorfolk— Joe Ellenberger (@JoeEllenberger) March 1, 2020
I like it!! Good round guys!— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 1, 2020
Hell yeah...what a scrap— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) March 1, 2020
Ugh Joe’s still the man— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 1, 2020
Heartbroken for joe. A true gem and legend in this sport #UFCNorfolk— éS (@EricSpicely) March 1, 2020
May not have went your way, but @JoeJitsu you are still one of the best fighters on the planet. Not much people can put it together the way you do. I know you’ll be back stronger and one day that strap will be yours! Congrats to Figueirdo #UFCNorfolk— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) March 1, 2020
Damn... Figueiredo just looked too big and strong against Joe, and when you miss weight it’s hard not to think it didn’t play a part in things.— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 1, 2020
Not my champ! Your ass still gotta make weight lol— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) March 1, 2020
— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) March 1, 2020
With a win like this, Figueiredo deserves to fight for the title next time!#UFCNorfolk— Herbert Burns (@HerbertBurnsMMA) March 1, 2020