Recent reports have Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) aiming to put Flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo, in the cage across from Brandon Moreno for the fourth time in July. But, a new tweet from Figueiredo suggests “God of War” has other ideas.
UFC Columbus featured a hard fought scrap between No. 2-ranked Askar Askarov and No. 6-seeded Kai Kara-France, who emerged victorious via unanimous decision (29-28x3) inside Nationwide Arena last night (Sat., March 26, 2022). And his gutsy performance against Askarov’s usually-unstoppable wrestling skills impressed Figueiredo.
“Congratulations you dirty kiwi Kai Kara-France, you just punched your ticket with the God of War,” Deiveson wrote on Twitter. “Brandon Moreno, you just took the back seat. You are 0- 2 against Alexandre Pantoja, if you could beat him I’ll give you the next title shot. Brazil vs. New Zealand, let’s make it happen Dana White.”
Congratulations you dirty kiwi @kaikarafrance you just punched your ticket with the God of War. @theassassinbaby you just took the back seat. You are 0- 2 against @Pantojamma if you could beat him I’ll give you the next title shot. Vs let’s make it happen @danawhite pic.twitter.com/mysuGl9Wsa— Deiveson (@Daico_Deiveson) March 27, 2022
Both Moreno and Figueiredo have had moments where they seemed reluctant to re-match each other over the course of their back-and-forth trilogy, but the rematches have always come together. On a recent episode of The MMA Hour, Figueiredo’s manager Wallid Ismail explained Deiveson always looks for the biggest fight.
“He wants somebody who knows how to sell, knows how to talk,” he said. “This is what he keeps saying all the time: ‘Who sells better is going to be my opponent.…’ Personally, I think the fight is Moreno because no fight is going to sell more than that.”
But, now with Kara-France entering the picture on a big win and a surge of popularity amongst Australian and New Zealand fans, perhaps Figueiredo sees someone new to face that could generate big numbers.
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