The UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo has his plans all lined up for his next outings. Should ‘Daico’ have it his way, he will be on a mission to silence some of the trash talkers who have been annoying him for a while now.
After fighting Brandon Moreno to a majority draw in December, Figueiredo would like to start with the rematch by the middle of the year. However, in an interview with Ag Fight, Deiveson revealed a second name on his list: none other than former champion Henry Cejudo.
“This Moreno fight, in my opinion, it requires patience. I want the time to fix some problems in my game. I see it happening in May or June. I’m not in a hurry and the rematch will happen. I want to be ready to knock him out. I’ll be 100% the next time. He showed great resilience, but I was hindered (Figueiredo had an intestinal infection prior to the fight). I was at 50% in that fight. When I’m 100%, I’ll be ready to knock him out or submit him. You can be sure of that.
“Cejudo is a joker. Deiveson continued. “He talks too much, he is a loud mouth. I really want to beat up that guy and knock him out. I can’t wait. I’ll shut up Moreno and move on to Cejudo. They talk too much. They know my potential, they know how bad I am. I’m even worse when provoked like that.”
When it comes to Henry, it seems Figueiredo has an even more personal motivation to take out ‘the Messenger’ and does not care about the former champion’s wrestling credentials. Although Cejudo is an Olympic champion, Deiveson does not think the grappling department would be an issue if they ever share the Octagon.
“He’s going to pay for what he’s been saying. He thinks he’s a wrestler, but I’m a marajoara fighter. I’ve beaten lots of wrestling guys. I’ll knock that guy out. Or I’ll take him down and submit him. I’ll show that his wrestling is no match for my jiu-jitsu and marajoara fighting. I’ll defend my division’s title and then I’ll call out Cejudo to my division. He better be sure I’ll knock him out. Then I’ll accept a rematch anywhere.”
In his last outing, Figueiredo (20-1-1) fought Moreno to a majority draw back in December 2020. Before that, the 33-year-old was on a five-fight winning streak, with wins over Joseph Benavidez twice, Alex Perez, Tim Elliott and Alexandre Pantoja. Daico’s last and sole loss happened in March 2019, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Jusier Formiga.