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Midnight Mania! Deiveson Figueirdo wants pay-per-view points, ‘BMF’ battle with Henry Cejudo

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Deiveson Figueiredo will go down as one of the most important fighters of 2020. Not only did the knockout artist capture the Flyweight title and retain the strap twice, but “Daico” and his electric style of fighting helped secure the division’s future by headlining the final two pay-per-views (PPV) of the year.

Given his spectacular year, Figueiredo hopes that UFC will begin to pay him more, including PPV points when applicable. Historically, that’s a fairly common benefit for champions, but it’s one Figueiredo has yet to experience.

“I gave my all, I love fighting in the UFC,” Figueiredo told MMAFighting. “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].

“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?”

In addition, Figueiredo is hoping to chase more high-profile fights after the likely rematch with Brandon Moreno. He’s called for super fights in the past, but this time, Figueiredo is proposing a new “BMF” title aimed at the smaller divisions, targeting former double champ Henry Cejudo.

“[I want] a superfight for the ‘BMF’ belt,” said Figueiredo. “If the UFC wants this, I’m in. It would be another great fight to add to my game.

“They could do a belt between the 125 and 135 divisions, set up a weight and see who’s the baddest motherfucker in the lightweights,” Figueiredo said. “I want to fight Cejudo, man. He talks a lot, he’s always talking about everyone, so I want to stop this guy. I want to shut his mouth.”

While UFC implementing another BMF title seems rather unlikely, an eventual bout with Cejudo seems rather possible if UFC and “Triple C” can come together at the negotiating table.

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