UFC flyweight champion Deveison Figueiredo says he breaks himself to pieces for the UFC, so it’s only right that he gets his fair share in return.
Figueiredo (20-1-1) fought four times for the UFC in 2020, winning three times and seeing out the year with an epic back-and-forth war against Brandon Moreno at UFC 256. Just three weeks before that fight, “God of War” defended his title against Alex Perez at UFC 255.
With four of his last five wins coming by stoppage, Figueiredo is a fan favorite due to his exciting style of fighting. The 33-year-old Brazilian told MMA Fighting that he wants to be valued more by the promotion he gives his all for.
“I love fighting in the UFC,” Figueiredo said. “I went in the octagon to break myself into pieces and give them the fight of the night because that’s what fans want to see: fighters that don’t slow down, that go in for a bloody game. I’m that type of fighter, you know, so I want the UFC to look at me with different eyes, that they give me pay-per-view [points].
In the UFC, not every champion gets pay-per-view points, and it’s historically less likely to be given to those in lighter weight classes. Those few who do, receive a small percentage of the event’s pay-per-view revenue.
Putting on a Fight of the Year contender against Moreno on just a three-week turnaround from his last win, Figueiredo feels it’s time the UFC shows some more appreciation for him.
“It’s missing some pay-per-view in my purse. If they already add it to this [UFC 256] fight, that would be great, brother, but I would like to start making pay-per-view [money] for my next ones. I deserve this. I love working for the UFC and I want to be more valued, you know?”