Deiveson Figueiredo wants to move up for Henry Cejudo or defend UFC flyweight title against Demetrious Johnson

Deiveson Figueiredo wants to move up for Henry Cejudo or defend UFC flyweight title against Demetrious Johnson

New UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo wants to fight Demetrious Johnson or move up a division and produce Henry Cejudo out of retirement.

Figueiredo (19-1) choked out Joseph Benavidez on the finish of a dominant first spherical to say the vacant belt at Struggle Island on Saturday, after being ineligible for the title of their first bout remaining February as a result of he ignored weight. It was once the fourth submission attempt from the Brazilian after he knocked down Benavidez for a 3rd time.

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Figueiredo — who was once to start with a doubt for the battle after checking out certain for coronavirus — believes he has the stature to inspire Cejudo to return to the Octagon. Cejudo referred to as time on his UFC occupation after defending his bantamweight name, which he won after vacating the flyweight belt, towards Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 closing May.

“I Will settle for a superfight if they supply me one. I Will transfer up to A HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE pounds. I WANT to be a two-division champion but i am going to protect this belt as well,” mentioned Figueiredo.

“I’d like to have a battle at ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE. I Might like to be the fellow to carry back Henry Cejudo from retirement. i feel he was searching for a worth opponent and i think I’m that guy. i would like to move up and fight him at ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE.”

The flyweight and bantamweight divisions now have new champions, with Petr Yan beating Jose Aldo for the latter belt at UFC 251.

Following Figueiredo’s triumph and with a connection with Yan, Cejudo tweeted: “Congrats to the second one interim UFC champ this week.”

He followed up with a video of him having his hair trimmed and the caption: “the real champ is getting a haircut.”

Congrats to the second interim UFC champ this week @deivesonfigueiredo #UFCFightIsland2

— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) July 19, 2020

The True Champ is getting his haircut @daico_deusdaguerra #bendtheknee #ufcfightisland2 pic.twitter.com/67CdR697Db

— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) July 19, 2020

UFC president Dana White stated Figueiredo could have to successfully protect his identify more than as soon as prior to being introduced the opportunity to move up in weight.

“I Might love to see him shield his identify a couple times. Maybe if he defends the name a pair of occasions, that’ll be attention-grabbing, yeah,” said White.

On the battle with Benavidez, he added: “Pure violence. No controversy on this one. now we have lovely nasty champions in the ones divisions now.

“There was a ton of controversy within the first battle from weight to head-butts. No controversy on this one. the guy came in and did what he stated he was going to do in opposition to the No. 2-ranked man in the world and he regarded damn excellent doing it.”

If his next struggle comes at A HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE pounds, then Figueiredo would love to tackle inaugural flyweight champion Johnson, who’s combating in the ONE Championship.

“Now I Have the belt I need to train very laborious. I Am the fellow that everyone wants to beat,” he said.

“I Am a knockout artist, everybody is aware of that, and we put that document in conjunction with so much of exertions.

“That’s surely a fight all the fans may wish to see, me against Demetrious Johnson. If the UFC wants to bring him back, i’m going to be more than happy, and i’m going to knock him out with so much of pride.”

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