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Deiveson Figueiredo bolting to Bantamweight after UFC 283 loss

UFC 283: Teixeira v Hill Weigh-in Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

No more nasty weight cuts for former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo.

The rivalry between Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno is over as the Mexican fighter won the tetralogy via doctor stoppage at UFC 283 last night (Jan. 21, 2023) inside the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (watch highlights).

Immediately after the fight, Figueiredo took off his gloves, causing the Internet to speculate he was retiring from the sport. However, that wasn’t the case because he is simply retiring from the 125-pound division and is moving up 10 pounds to Bantamweight.

“Unfortunately, it is time to leave this division. I’ve done a lot; congratulations to Brandon, but I’m moving up,” Figueiredo said through a translator after his loss.

The move to 135 pounds makes complete sense, as it has been well documented that Figueiredo has a tough time making Flyweight. “Deus Da Guerra” missed weight for his very first title shot in 2020 against Joseph Benavidez and used every second of the weight-timer to make the weight at UFC 263.

The 35-year-old Brazilian leaves the Flyweight division with a 10-3-1 record and a two-time champion. He holds wins over Alexandre Pantoja, Benavidez, Tim Elliott and Alex Perez, among others.

There are countless fresh matchups at bantamweight, so we pass it to you, Maniacs. Who should Figueiredo fight in his Bantamweight debut?


For complete UFC 283 results and coverage click here.

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